SOURCE: Entertainment Merchants Association

July 17, 2007 23:55 ET

"Cars" Speeds Away With Three Home Entertainment Awards

"Clerks II" and "The Departed" Also Receive Multiple Awards

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - July 17, 2007) - "Cars" lapped the competition by taking home three Home Entertainment Awards, while "Clerks II" and "The Departed" also received multiple awards. The Home Entertainment Awards were announced this evening during a star-studded show at EMA's Home Media Expo 2007, currently taking place at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"The titles recognized by the Home Entertainment Awards speak to the breadth of great entertainment that is available on home video and remind us why home video retains its hold on the public," noted EMA President, Bo Andersen. "EMA is proud to acknowledge the outstanding attributes of these wonderful videos."

The complete list of Home Entertainment Award winners is available at www.entmerch.org/20070717hea.mht.

The eligibility period for EMA's Home Entertainment Awards was from April 1, 2006 and March 31, 2007. This year's award categories and nominees were determined by EMA's Home Entertainment Awards Nominating Committee, and the 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 2007 Home Entertainment Awards encompass 28 categories, including new categories for Blu-Ray and HD DVD titles, Re-mastered titles, and Frontiers titles of the year.

Also at the Home Entertainment Awards show, Ernest Borgnine was honored for "Sustained Creative Achievement," Jon Favreau was given the "Independent Career Achievement Award," Katt Williams was named "Rising Entertainer of the Year," and FunnyorDie.com was tapped as "Creative Website of the Year." In addition, EMA announced that "Casablanca" was being added to the Video Hall of Fame. The show was hosted by popular entertainment reporter and game show host Todd Newton.

EMA's Home Media Expo is sponsored by EMA and produced by Home Entertainment Events. For more information, please see www.homemediaexpo.com

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