The list of honorees entering the Variety Home Entertainment Hall of Fame this year clearly reflects the growth of digital distribution and its increasing importance to Hollywood. It includes two veteran execs responsible for negotiating key movie output deals in the digital space and marketing those products and programs to consumers; a long-established physical retailer that’s just launched an aggressively marketed new digital movie service; the country’s leading pay TV provider, as it launches digital movies for sale; and an iconic director whose most recent movie has been a top title on digital formats this year. These honorees will be feted with a cocktail reception, gala dinner and awards program Dec. 10 at the Beverly Wilshire hotel, benefiting City Year.
Executive VP, home entertainment,
the Walt Disney Studios
President, Disney studio global in-home
and digital distribution and Disney ABC
North America content distribution
Marinelli leads in-home global distribution for Disney Studios across a spectrum of physical and digital platforms, including Blu-ray/DVD, electronic home video license, video-on-demand, subscription video-on-demand, pay television, cable, broadcast television, online and other digital technologies.
She also oversees content distribution for the Disney-ABC Television Group portfolio in North America, licensing firstrun and off-network content from ABC Studios, ABC Entertainment, ABC Family and Disney Channel across multiple outlets. MacPherson heads the Walt Disney Studios team responsible for the creation of consumer-facing products and programs that drive content ownership and expand the studio’s portfolio of Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and DreamWorks brands, franchises and characters across distribution platforms.
Writer, director, producer
Tarantino took home the original screenplay Oscar for 2012’s “Django Unchained,” which has become one of 2013’s top Blu-ray and Digital HD titles. He also won an Academy Award for the screenplay of his modern classic, 1994’s “Pulp Fiction.” As a result of being both critical and cult favorites, his films — including “Reservoir Dogs,” “Jackie Brown,” “Kill Bill: Vol. 1,” “Kill Bill: Vol. 2” and “Inglourious Basterds” — are perennial strong performers in the home entertainment arena and have generated more than $850 million in DVD and Blu-ray rentals and sales in the U.S., according to Rentrak.
2013 Charity Beneficiary: City Year
The education-focused nonprofit partners with public schools and teachers to help keep students in school and on track to succeed in 24 U.S. communities two international affiliates. A public-private partnership, it brings together teams of young AmeriCorps members who commit to a year of full-time service in schools. Corps members provide individual support to students who need extra care and attention, focusing on attendance, behavior and course performance. Its Los Angeles chapter enjoys support from the entertainment industry. A partial list of its board members: actor Jason Bateman; Robert Greenblatt, chairman, NBC Entertainment; Hannah Minghella, president of production, Columbia Pictures; Kelly Mullens Brown, executive VP, external relations, Ryan Seacrest Prods.; Dawn Ostroff, president, Conde Nast Entertainment; Ben Sherwood, president, ABC News; Stacey Snider, co-chairman and CEO, DreamWorks; Arn Tellem, vice chairman, Wasserman Media Group; and Kevin Tsujihara, CEO, Warner Bros.
2013 Innovation Award: Target
Accepted by James Elasky, senior buyer/home- video, and Dan Lehto, senior buyer/Target Ticket.
Target will receive the Innovation Award in recognition of its long-term focus and commitment to marketing home entertainment in all formats. Long one of the largest U.S. retailers of packaged home entertainment and a key merchandising partner for the studios, Target extends its marketing acumen to digital delivery with the launch of Target Ticket, a digital service that offers 30,000 movie and TV titles available for purchase or rental. Target Ticket takes a family-friendly approach, integrating reviews from Common Sense Media to make it easier for parents to choose content.
Accepted by Marcien Jenckes, executive VP, consumer services.
Comcast, an innovator in digital home entertainment services and the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers, is rolling out its Xfinity brand X1 platform, a cloud-enabled entertainment operating system. Comcast in November made its move into online movie sales with the launch of the Xfinity TV Store, which offers titles for purchase in the early electronic sell-through window. The company is the nation’s No. 1 pay TV provider, with 21.6 million video subscribers through the third quarter of 2013, and the No. 1 cable provider of transactional video-on-demand in the U.S.