This week the Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) presented Amazon, Netflix, and the online campaign for the video game “Injustice: Gods Among Us” with its Digi Awards for outstanding achievement in digital entertainment content, innovation, and retailing. The EMA also recognized Morgan Spurlock with its Visionary Award. The awards were presented at EMA’s Digital Media Pipeline, held at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles this week.
The marketing campaign for Injustice: Gods Among Us from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment received the Digital Content Digi Award, which the EMA says "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 Innovation Digi Award for its "innovative" business models and the development of original content for the digital delivery channel. Netflix was awarded the Digital Retailer Digi Award. The company also won big at the Emmy awards over the weekend for its original programming.
Finally Morgan Spurlock was presented EMA’s Visionary Award in recognition of "his quest to make documentaries not only insightful, but entertaining."
On a related note, the EMA announced that the 2014 Los Angeles Entertainment Summit will be held next year from July 21 to 23, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City, California. The annual event features business-to-business meetings, industry receptions, networking opportunities, fundraising activities, and a golf tournament at Trump National Golf Club and a casino night on a studio lot. Proceeds from the fundraising activities benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The 2013 event raised more than $600,000 for the development of new drugs and treatments to extend the lives of those affected by the disease.