Independent Video Titles The Vietnam War: A Film By Ken Burns And Lynn Novick, Loving Vincent, California Typewriter, and Ip Man 3 Honored with Home Entertainment Awards

HE Awards 2018 (2)

Pictured L-R: Laura Florence, VP, Sales & Marketing, Gravitas Ventures; Tony Vandeveerdonk, EVP, Well Go USA; Matt Hill, Head of Vendor Management, Amazon Prime Video; Mark Fisher, President & CEO, EMA; Suyin Lim, Global Content Acquisitions, Sony Interactive Entertainment; Dan Coyle, SVP, Sales, Cinedigm; Andrea Downing, Co-President, PBS Distribution


LOS ANGELES, CA (July 19, 2018) … The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) today announced the following winners of its 2018 Independent Home Entertainment Awards:

Sell-Through Title of the Year from an Independent Studio

  • “The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick”, PBS Distribution

Rental Title of the Year from an Independent Studio

  • “Loving Vincent”, Cinedigm/Good Deed Entertainment

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

  • “California Typewriter”, Gravitas Ventures

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

  • “The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick”, PBS Distribution

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

  • IP Man 3, Well Go USA

Presenting the awards were Mark Fisher, President & CEO, Entertainment Merchants Association; Suyin Lim, Global Content Acquisitions, Sony Interactive Entertainment/Vice Chair, EMA, and Matt Hill, Head of Vendor Management, Amazon Prime Video/EMA Treasurer. Accepting the awards on behalf of their respective companies were: Dan Coyle, SVP, Sales, Cinedigm; Laura Florence, VP, Sales & Marketing, Gravitas Ventures; Andrea Downing, Co-President, PBS Distribution; and Tony Vandeveerdonk, EVP, Well Go USA.

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.

The awards were given out during EMA’s 2018 Los Angeles Entertainment Summit, held July 17-18 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, California.

The Los Angeles Entertainment Summit brings together key retailers, content producers and ancillary product companies in the video industry. The invitation-only Summit was comprised of two days of one-on-one meetings and also included a conference session examining industry trends and a networking cocktail party. In conjunction with the event, EMA provides an opportunity for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to raise funds. For more info, go to http://entmerch.org/LAES/.

The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) is a not-for-profit international trade association whose mission is to:

·       Protect the rights of,

·       Foster the health and vitality of, and

·       Provide a forum for

those engaged in the sale, rental, and/or commercial delivery of video or video game content to consumers through physical media or over-the-top Internet-based delivery.

EMA-member companies operate physical and digital retailing, digital platforms and streaming services around the world, offer content for retailers and streaming services, and provide service and technology for the industry. Membership comprises the full spectrum of retailers, distributors, the home video divisions of major and independent motion picture and television studios, video game publishers, and other related businesses that constitute and support the $40 billion home entertainment industry.

EMA’s activities include presenting conferences, networking, and information sharing opportunities, developing and promoting industry standards, specifications, and best practices, engaging with government entities, and producing an annual report on the industry.

EMA was established in April 2006 through the merger of the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA), founded in 1981, and the Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association (IEMA), organized in 1997.


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