ENCINO, CA (October 8, 2014) … The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) today presented “Breaking Bad,” Amazon, Content Bridge, and Disney with “Digi” Awards for outstanding achievement in digital entertainment content, retailing, leadership, and innovation. The awards were presented at EMA’s Digital Media Pipeline, held today at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
“Breaking Bad” from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment received the Digital Content “Digi” Award, which recognizes the movie, episodic television, video game, or other audiovisual work most uniquely or successfully marketed and sold/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 “Digi” Award. This award 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 “Digi” 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 “Digi” 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.
“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,” declared 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.”
EMA’s Digital Media Pipeline, which is in its sixth year, brought together more approximately 250 digital entertainment content owners, service providers, and retailers to focus on business-to-business opportunities in the digital delivery of home entertainment to consumers.
The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) is the not-for-profit international trade association dedicated to advancing the interests of the $40 billion home entertainment industry. EMA-member companies operate approximately 50,000 retail outlets in the U.S. and 60,000 around the world that sell and/or rent DVDs, computer and console video games, and digitally distributed versions of these products. Membership comprises the full spectrum of retailers (from single-store specialists to multi-line mass merchants, and both brick and mortar and online stores), distributors, the home video divisions of major and independent motion picture studios, video game publishers, and other related businesses that constitute and support the home entertainment industry. EMA was established in April 2006 through the merger of the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) and the Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association (IEMA).
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