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Leonard Maltin Hosts Fourth Annual DVD Awards on Aug. 22

27 Jul, 2001 By: Stephanie Prange

More than 200 entries have already been received for the fourth annual DVD Awards, which this year are being produced by Video Store Magazine. Noted film critic Leonard Maltin will serve as host.

“We are intent on making this the premier awards event for DVD, and this is certainly a good start,” says Don Rosenberg, publisher of Video Store Magazine.

The DVD Awards, formerly known as the DiVi Awards, will be handed out at a party Aug. 22 at the Hilton Universal City in Universal City, Calif.

The awards ceremony is part of the International Recording Media Association and Medialine’s DVD Entertainment 2001 conference. The two-day confab includes Hollywood Summit 2, a special symposium on DVD and new technologies aimed at studio executives and produced by VideoStore Magazine.

This year’s DVD Awards will recognize prime achievements in the DVD industry in more than 20 categories, including Best of Show, Best Special Edition, Best Restoration, Best Special Feature, BestPerformance on Commentary (Made for DVD) and Best Innovation.

For the first time, the DVD Awards also will recognize the Best DVD-Audio programs. “DVD-Audio is yet another exciting new application of DVD technology, and includes video elements as well,” says Bruce Apar, editorial director of Video Store Magazine.

Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges consisting of respected DVD critics from around the country. The chairman is Ralph Tribbey, editor of The DVD Release Report and DVD columnist for Video Store Magazine.

“We’re seeing so many innovations in DVD that it’s important for us as an industry to step back and recognize some of the key achievements,” says Thomas K. Arnold, Video Store Magazine’s director of special projects and editor at large. “Video suppliers truly are creating a newproduct.”

For more information contact the DVD Awards hotline at 714/513-8610.

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