Hollywood, CA (June 14, 2005)–The first and foremost competition honoring creators and marketers of digital video recordings is back for the 8th year, as the DVD Entertainment Awards officially announces its Call for Entries. The awards ceremony, scheduled for August 30 at Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, again will star the perennially popular master of ceremonies and “The Most Watched Film Critic in America,” Leonard Maltin of TV’s Entertainment Tonight.
Selected by a blue-ribbon jury of technologists and journalists, the DVD Entertainment Awards are open to movie, music and game labels, distributors, producers and authoring houses vying for the coveted trophy in a wide variety of categories.
During the August 30 ceremony, William Friedkin, Oscar-winning director of The French Connection and breakthrough horror film The Exorcist, will be presented a Lifetime Achievement Award. The following day, he will deliver a keynote address and be interviewed on stage by Maltin.
For the first time in any home entertainment competition, the DVD Awards includes categories recognizing excellence in DualDisc and in the Universal Media Disc (UMD) pioneered by Sony for its PlayStation Portable (PSP). Also new is an opportunity for DVD producers not affiliated with Hollywood studios to enter their own categories. For Achievement in Technical Design awards–such as authoring, PC support, video and audio presentation–there is a new classification reserved for theatrical titles with up to $10 million in box office or non-theatrical product. Those titles will not compete directly against Hollywood movies with more than $10 million in box office grosses.
The Television category has been split into TV Entertainment (for series, specials, miniseries) and TV Special Interest (for news, sports, reality TV), with the same subcategories for Direct-to-Disc. The popularity of music DVDs has prompted a second award for that genre as well, with Music Performance for live-in-concert recordings and Music Anthology for collections of music videos and clips.
Inaugurated in 2004, the Second Annual Leonard Maltin Award will recognize an individual who has made exceptional contributions to the state of the art or science of DVD content and presentation. The recipient is selected by Maltin, in consultation with the DVD Awards Advisory Committee, chaired by DVD Awards Executive Producer Bruce Apar.
Nominees in each of the categories are announced approximately one month prior to the August 30 Ceremony, with a single winner in each category announced at the gala event. In addition, judges will select a Best of Show from among all winners and the consumer public will vote for a Viewer’s Choice winner from among all nominated titles by voting at Grab.com Movies.
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