DVD Awards with Leonard Maltin -- Call for Entries Ends Friday, July 1st

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Leonard Maltin, "The Most Watched Film Critic in America" will once again host The DVD Awards

Last Updated: June 28, 2005 2:58 pm GMT
(HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA, USA) This Friday, July 1, 2005 marks the last day entires will be accepted in the first and foremost competition honoring creators and marketers of digital video recordings, the DVD Entertainment Awards hosted by the perennially popular Master of Ceremonies and "The Most Watched Film Critic in America" - Leonard Maltin of TV's Entertainment Tonight.

Back for the 8th year, as the DVD Entertainment Awards awards ceremony is scheduled for August 30 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel.

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 of breakthrough horror film "The Exorcist," will be presented a Lifetime Achievement Award. Earlier in the day, Mr. Friedkin will deliver a keynote address and be interviewed on stage by Mr. Maltin.

New Categories Honor DualDisc and Universal Media Disc
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) .

Download Entry Form at http://www.recordingmedia.org/Conferences/emx/dvdawards/entryform.pdf

More New Categories
Also new for the 2005 DVD Awards is an opportunity for DVD producers not affiliated with Hollywood studios to enter their own categories to create a more level playing field. 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.

Second Annual Leonard Maltin Award
Inaugurated in 2004, this prestigious and unique honor in the home entertainment industry recognizes 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 Mr. Maltin, in consultation with the DVD Awards Advisory Committee, chaired by DVD Awards Executive Producer Bruce Apar. [The first winner was Warner Home Video's George Feltenstein, veteran movie archivist and pioneering producer of original laserdisc and DVD featurettes.]

How it Works
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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