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'VSM' Bows First TV DVD Awards

19 Aug, 2004 By: Stephanie Prange

With a nod to soaring consumer demand for TV shows on DVD, Video Store Magazine will present the first-ever TV DVD Awards Oct. 19, in conjunction with the second annual TV DVD Conference at the Century Plaza Hotel & Spa in Century City, Calif.

A panel of critics will nominate titles in 12 categories. A public vote will determine the winners.

The categories are:
• Best 2000s Series
• Best 1990s Series
• Best 1980s Series
• Best 1970s Series
• Best 1960s Series
• Best 1950s Series
• Best Animated Series
• Best Miniseries/Made-for-TV Movie
• Best British TV Release
• Best Made-for-TV Documentary
• Best Compilation (episodes from different years)
• Best Special Feature

Three titles will be nominated in each category. Nominees will be selected based on such DVD-specific factors as transfer quality, sound and picture, menu design, ease of use, navigation and packaging. Consumers will be able to vote for their favorites on Video Store Magazine's Web site, www.hive4media.com, or www.tvshowsondvd.com, the leading Web source for information on TV DVD.

Voting will begin Sept. 19 and run for two weeks. All TV DVD titles released in the United States between Sept. 1, 2003 and Aug. 31, 2004 are eligible.

The TV DVD market is expected to top $2 billion in consumer spending this year, according to Video Store Magazine Market Research, and is the fastest-growing segment of the DVD market.

The second annual TV DVD Conference, or TV DVD2, is produced by Video Store Magazine, the home entertainment industry's leading trade publication, in cooperation with DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and The Hollywood Reporter.

Executive producer Thomas K. Arnold expects more than 300 studio and television executives to attend the event, which will feature five panel discussions on such hot-button topics as music rights, release strategies and DVD production tricks; a product presentation luncheon with a surprise celebrity keynoter; an exclusive market research presentation; an interactive workshop on special features; and an evening cocktail reception and awards show with celebrity guests and entertainment.

TV DVD2 is open to the trade only. Advance registrations are $295 for DEG members and Hollywood Reporter subscribers, and $345 for nonmembers. Press registrations are available to credentialed media by contacting Thomas K. Arnold at tkarnold@aol.com.

For more information and to register, visit the Web site www.dvdconferences.com.

Charter platinum sponsors include Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, HBO Home Video, Image Entertainment, Paramount Home Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Universal Studios Home Video and Warner Home Video. Other sponsors include A&E Home Video, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Lions Gate Entertainment, MGM Home Entertainment, Rhino Home Video and StudioWorks.

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