'Breaking Bad,' Amazon, Content Bridge, Disney Among EMA Digital Honorees9 Oct, 2014 By: John Latchem
The Entertainment Merchants Association Oct. 8 presented its “Digi” Awards for outstanding achievement in digital entertainment content, retailing, leadership and innovation to Sony Pictures' “Breaking Bad,” Amazon, Content Bridge and Disney. The awards were presented at EMA’s Digital Media Pipeline at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
“We have seen tremendous growth in the digital entertainment sector in the past year, and each of these companies has made a significant contribution to achieving that growth,” said EMA president and CEO Mark Fisher. “It is appropriate that they are being recognized by the industry for their leadership in the digital entertainment market.”
“Breaking Bad,” from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, received the Digital Content Award, which recognizes the movie, episodic television, video game or other audiovisual work most uniquely or successfully marketed and sold or rented through Internet-based digital delivery over the past year, or that gave the consumer the best digital experience.
Amazon was awarded the Digital Retailer Award, which recognizes outstanding service by a company that sells or rents audiovisual works to the consumer through Internet-based digital delivery (including subscription-based services). Amazon was selected for its devices, ecosystem, and subscription and transactional video-on-demand.
Content Bridge earned the Industry Leadership Digital Award, given to a company that has made a significant contribution to the industry. Content Bridge was selected for its support for industry initiatives, specifically for its support for and engagement in EMA trade association activities, and for being the first digital supply chain management software to support EMA, SMPTE IMP, Cable Labs and UltraViolet standards.
The Walt Disney Company was presented the Innovation Award for its Disney Movies Anywhere service, which provides a cross-platform ecosystem, with support from the largest digital movie service (iTunes), for Disney and Marvel titles. The Innovation Award recognizes the company that, through innovation, has most impacted the growth of Internet-based (IP) digital delivery of audiovisual works over the past year.
EMA President and CEO Mark Fisher (center) presented the "Digi" Awards to (L-R) Anthony Mutalipassi, Disney Movies Anywhere; Ryan Pirozzi, Amazon; Marc Rashba, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; and Jason Peterson, Content Bridge.