CEN06 Awards

Jonathan and I enjoyed an evening of schmoozing with the who’s who in the Canadian Home Entertainment industry at the 3rd Annual Canadian Entertainment Network Awards.Check inside for the results and some pictures from the glamorous evening.
When we first arrived at the Carlu we met up with the folks from Video Services Corp., Kerry K. (sorry Kerry I don’t know how to spell your last name) and president of VSC Jonathan Gross, we were then introduced to Canadian TV star Spencer Rice, aka Spenny, one half of the duo from Kenny vs. Spenny. I’ll have a review of the first season on DVD for you soon, but the show is fantastic. Here’s a picture of Jonathan, myself (red shirt) with Spenny and Jonathan Gross.

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While wandering the room we bumped into Kenny, who’s just as crazy in person as he is on TV, and talked to him for a bit. We also had chance to chat it up with Toronto Sun Entertainment writer Bruce Kirkland about the HD-DVD and Blu-Ray battle and the lack of screenings. Before we had a chance for any more schmoozing we had to take our seats for the awards.The awards flew by with a Warner Bros. classic cashing in with 4 awards for The Wizard of Oz: Collector’s Edition including Best Restoration, Best Picture Transfer, Best Special Edition DVD and Best DVD Reissue.Other mulitple winners were The Incredibles for Best Children’s / Family DVD and The Nielsen Videoscan Best Selling DVD for 2005. Not only was Crash an upset at the Academy Awards it also took home two awards with a shocker as the CEN Reader’s Choice Award and Best DVD Movie Released By An Independent Studio.Retailers are also honoured at the event and of the awards given away, Rogers Video, once again, took top spot as the best Canadian DVD retailer and for the 3rd straight year Toronto based Bay St. Video were winners for Best Independent DVD Rentailer of the year.Before getting to the rest of the results check out the display that major sponsor WB dropped in the room. Oh ya, I almost forgot. They announced that we were about to see unseen footage of Superman Returns and, well, not really. It appeared to be the same teaser available online for weeks.
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CEN READERS CHOICE AWARDCrash (Maple Pictures)NIELSEN VIDEOSCAN BEST SELLING DVDThe Incredibles(Buena Vista Home Entertainment)BEST MOVIE RELEASE DVD(RELEASED BY A MAJOR STUDIO)Sin City(Universal Studios/Alliance Atlantis)BEST INDEPENDENT MOVIE DVD(RELEASED BY AN INDEPENDENT STUDIO)Crash (Maple Pictures)BEST CANADIAN DVD – ENGLISHIt’s All Gone Pete Tong(Universal Studios/Alliance Atlantis Video)BEST CANADIAN DVD – FRENCHAurore(Universal Studios/Alliance Atlantis Video)BEST DVD PREMIERFamily Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story(Fox Home Entertainment)BEST TV SERIES DVDChappelle’s Show Uncensored: Season 2(Paramount Home Entertainment)BEST BOX SET RELEASE DVDAlfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection(Universal Studios/Alliance Atlantis Video)BEST SPECIAL EDITION DVDWizard Of Oz: Collector’s Edition(Warner Home Video)BEST DVD RE-ISSUE OF THE YEAR Wizard Of Oz: Collector’s Edition(Warner Home Video)BEST INTERNATIONAL MUSIC DVDU2: Vertigo 2005 Live From Chicago(Universal Music)BEST CANADIAN MUSIC DVDTragically Hip; That Night In Toronto(Universal Music)BEST ANIME DVDInu Yasha Movie 3: Swords of an Honorable Ruler(Ventura/Unidisc)BEST CHILDREN’S /FAMILY DVDThe Incredibles(Buena Vista Home Entertainment)BEST TRADITIONAL SPORTS DVDCanada Cup 1976(Video Service Corp.)BEST SPORT ACTION DVDBret ‘Hitman’ Hart: The Best There Is. The Best There Was. The Best There Ever Will Be(WWE/Koch Entertainment)BEST FITNESS/HEALTH DVDCarmen Electra’s The Lap Dance and Hip Hop(Paramount Home Video)BEST DOCUMENTARY DVDMarch Of The Penguins(Maple Pictures)BEST EDUCATIONAL DVDBBC History of World War II(Warner Home Video)BEST PICTURE TRANSFER DVDWizard Of Oz: Collector’s Edition(Warner Home Video)BEST NON-THEATRICAL (2-5 YEARS OF AGE) CHILDREN’S DVDDora The Explorer: It’s a Party(Nickelodeon/Paramount Home Entertainment)BEST MENU DESIGN/AUTHORING DVDLemony Snicket?s: A Series Of Unfortunate Events (Paramount Home Entertainment)BEST SOUND/AUDIO PRESENTATION DVDWar Of The Worlds(Universal Studios/Alliance Atlantis Video)BEST RESTORATION DVDWizard Of Oz: Collector’s Edition(Warner Home Video)SPECIAL INTEREST DVDThe Complete Dennis Leary(2450 Visual Entertainment)CANADIAN RETAILER OF THE YEARRogers VideoBEST CANADIAN WEB RETAILER/RENTAILERcdplus.comRETAILER OF THE YEAR RENTAL (CHAIN)Blockbuster CanadaRETAILER OF THE YEAR RENTAL (INDEPENDENT)Bay St. VideoRETAILER OF THE YEAR SELL THROUGH (CHAIN)HMV CanadaRETAILER OF THE YEAR SELL THROUGH (INDEPENDENT)Starstruck EntertainmentFor the list of nominees and some tidbits about the after party click here.I must also give a big shout out to Samantha and her crew at CEN/Splash for the wonderful evening and I look forward to attend again next year.

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