News Release - June 21, 2012

For Immediate Release:

EMA Awards Indie Studios for Outstanding Film and Television Series

 EMA’s 2012 Independent Home Entertainment Award Winners Are: 1911, The Double, Forks Over Knives, and Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey – Season 2

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (June 21, 2012) … The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) presented EMA’s Independent Home Entertainment Awards to four exceptional titles for being the best in their respective categories. The awards were presented by EMA during its 2012 Independent Product Market at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, California.

PBS Distribution collected the award for Sell-through Title of the Year for Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey – Season Two. In the second season of the Emmy Award-winning Downton Abbey, The Great War rages across Europe, and not even the serene Yorkshire countryside is free from its effects.

Winner of the Rental Title of the Year was The Double from Image Entertainment. In The Double, the mysterious murder of a U.S. Senator bearing the distinctive trademark of a legendary Soviet assassin forces a retired CIA operative (Richard Gere) to team with a rookie FBI agent (Topher Grace) to solve the crime.

The best Direct-to-Video/Limited Release Title of the Year was 1911 from Well Go USA. Martial arts legend Jackie Chan stars in this historical drama set in the year 1911, as the Chinese public begins to revolt against the Qing Dynasty that has ruled the country for 250 years.

Virgil Film’s Forks Over Knives was awarded the Documentary/Special Interest Title of the Year. Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the so-called "diseases of affluence" that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.

“Independent studios continue to provide consumers with an extensive roster of unique and diverse content enhancing the home entertainment experience for viewers,” said EMA President and CEO Bo Andersen. “EMA is delighted to recognize these studios for their excellence in meeting the demand for quality movies and TV shows.”

EMA’s Home Entertainment Awards winners were determined by a vote of EMA retail and distributor members. In developing the list of nominees, the committee took into consideration the rental and sell-through success of the title and the strength of the marketing campaign launched by the studio or distributing label of the video, both to consumers and retailers.

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 June 20-21, 2012 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, California. For more information, please visit


About EMA

The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) is the not-for-profit international trade association dedicated to advancing the interests of the $35 billion home entertainment industry. EMA-member companies operate approximately 35,000 retail outlets in the U.S. and 45,000 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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