Independent Video Titles “Downton Abbey,” “Ida,” “Frank,” “James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge,” Food Chains,” and “IP Man” Receive Home Entertainment Awards


EMA Home Entertainment Awards 2015-web

L-R: Mike Saksa, Redbox Automated Retail (presenter); Laura Giampino, Screen Media Films; Mike Wagner, Well Go USA Entertainment; Randy Wells, Magnolia Pictures; Lisa Holmes, Music Box Films; Kathleen Gilbert, PBS Distribution; Marie O’Reilly, Alchemy Films; Glen Merison, Vobile (presenter); Mark Fisher, EMA


ENCINO, CA (April 22, 2015) … The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) today announced the winners of its 2015 Independent Home Entertainment Awards. The awards were given out during EMA’s 2015 Independent Product Market at the Marriott Marina del Rey in Marina del Rey, California.

The winners are:

     Sell-Through Title of the Year from an Independent Studio

          Downton Abbey Season 4

          PBS Distribution

     Rental Title of the Year from an Independent Studio

          Ida

          Music Box Films

     Direct-to-Video/Limited Release Title of the Year from an Independent Studio

          Frank

          Magnolia Home Entertainment

     Documentary/Special Interest Title of the Year from an Independent Studio - Tie

          Food Chains

          Screen Media Films

                    &

          James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge

          Alchemy

     Hall of Fame Inductee (recognizing a title that continues to perform well year-after-year)

          IP Man

          Well Go USA

Mark Fisher, President and CEO of EMA stated, “It is a real pleasure to give these titles the recognition they deserve. They are excellent examples of the diversity of product from independent studios and the kind of quality entertainment that can be found beyond the multiplex.”

EMA’s Home Entertainment Awards winners were selected from a list of nominations by a vote of EMA retail and distributor members. The nominations reflect the rental and sell-through success of the title in both physical and digital formats.

EMA’s Independent Product Market (IPM) is the premiere invitation-only hosted buyer event offering two-days of pre-scheduled meetings and networking opportunities for leading independent studios and the industry’s largest buyers. IPM was held April 21-22, 2015 at the Marriott Marina del Rey in Marina del Rey, California. For more information, please visit www.EntertainmentMerchantsAssociation.org.

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).

[EDITOR: Photo from the presentation is attached. L-R: Mike Saksa, Redbox Automated Retail (presenter); Laura Giampino, Screen Media Films; Mike Wagner, Well Go USA Entertainment; Randy Wells, Magnolia Pictures; Lisa Holmes, Music Box Films; Kathleen Gilbert, PBS Distribution; Marie O’Reilly, Alchemy Films; Glen Merison, Vobile (presenter); Mark Fisher, EMA.]


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EMA

818-531-4362 or sbersell@entmerch.org

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