Video Business taps 3 for hall of fame

Trio to be inducted during a Dec. 8 ceremony

HOLLYWOOD — New Line Home Entertainment president-chief operating officer Stephen Einhorn, Trans World Entertainment chair-CEO Robert Higgins and fitness star Denise Austin have been chosen as this year’s honorees for the annual Video Business Video Hall of Fame.

The three will be inducted during a Dec. 8 ceremony at the Beverly Hilton.

Now in its 23rd year, the event produced by Daily Variety sister publication Video Business has raised $3 million for charity.

Under Einhorn, New Line has created DVD industry firsts such as including deleted scenes as bonus features and creating DVD-ROM content and Easter eggs (hidden features).

Higgins has taken music-centric retailer Trans World and turned it into one of the nation’s top video sell-through specialists.

Austin, a new member of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, has been producing fitness vids for 20 years and has a continuing series distributed by Artisan Home Entertainment.

“These individual are three of the most nimble executives working in the home entertainment industry today,” said Rose Einstein, VP of Reed Business Information’s Home Entertainment Group and publisher of VB.

“Their spot-on instincts and willingness to embrace change are key to their success. Video Business is proud to welcome Denise Austin, Stephen Einhorn and Bob Higgins into the Video Hall of Fame.”

VB founded the Video Hall of Fame in 1981 to recognize outstanding contributors to the business of home entertainment while aiding children in need.

The hall, now with 74 inductees, benefits three charities: Variety — The Children’s Charity (not affiliated with Daily Variety), Fast Forward to End Childhood Hunger and the Samara Jan Turkel Foundation.

For table reservations, call (323) 965-2412.

(Michael Barnes is managing editor for Daily Variety sister publication Video Business.)

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