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Five selected for Variety Home Ent. Hall of Fame

Inductees set for Dec. 5 gala include Nintendo and Harry Potter franchise

Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn, Consumer Electronics Assn. prexy and CEO Gary Shapiro and Nintendo of America are among this year’s inductees into the Variety Home Entertainment Hall of Fame. Also entering the hall this year are the “Harry Potter” film franchise and Hastings Entertainment prexy and CEO John Marmaduke.

The 31st awards dinner gala at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Dec. 5 will benefit charities chosen by the inductees.

Dunn has been with Best Buy for 25 years, starting as store clerk. Nintendo of America has been a leader in the vidgame biz since the introduction of the Nintendo Entertainment System some 25 years ago.

Shapiro has been an advocate for high-def TV, 3D and other home entertainment innovations as head of the trade org that represents 2,000 consumer electronics firms and produces the Consumer Electronics Show.

The “Harry Potter” film series has generated $5.1 billion in home entertainment and vidgame products for Warner Bros., as well as driving Blu-ray sales.

Marmaduke has led the Hastings Entertainment retail chain and its predecessors since 1976.

“These inductees demonstrate all that is exciting about home entertainment as it moves from a flat experience to 3D, from a passive experience to an interactive adventure and from hard goods to a revenue-expanding mix of physical, digital, mobile and other models that provide increased convenience and value to the entertainment consumer,” said Variety publishing director Linda Buckley-Bruno. — Variety Staff

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