Los Angeles, CA (August 23, 2006)–Celebrity film critic Leonard Maltin presented three trophies to AIX Records founder and chief engineer Mark Waldrep at the 9th annual DVD Awards on August 8. AIX Records, an independent high-end “media” label, took home the awards for Best Independent Release – Audio Presentation, Best DualDisc and Best Music Anthology, besting titles from Bob Dylan, Harry Connick Jr., Branford Marsalis and Rush.
AIX tied with Fox Home Video, Paramount Home Video and Buena Vista Home Video who also received three awards for Narnia, Star Wars: Episode III, King Kong (1933) and Friends.
AIX’s “A High Resolution Music Experience” DVD-Audio/Video title was selected by the judges as the winner in two categories, Best Audio and Best Music Anthology. Host Maltin quoted the judges, “the sound was simply astounding”. The Best Audio category was dominated by AIX titles securing three of the six finalists positions. The Best DualDisc award was presented to “Steve March Torme – Torme Sings Torme”, a musical tribute to Steve’s father, the late Mel Torme.
“It’s particularly gratifying to receive these prestigious awards when the field included so many industry heavyweights and celebrity artists,” commented Dr. Waldrep. “I guess the judges appreciated the quality of the products that we submitted. I’m looking forward to next year when I submit our most ambitious title to date, ‘Carry On Together,’ by Lowen & Navarro.”
AIX Records received seven nominations in 2005 and took home the first ever award for Best DualDisc for “Rumor Mill” by The Carl Verheyen Band.
The winners for the 9th Annual DVD Awards were posted to the Entertainment Media Expo web site (www.recordingmedia.org/Conferences/emx/dvdawards/winners-2006.html).