First Annual Billboard Digital Entertainment Conference & Awards Set For November 4-5

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —

Billboard will launch its first annual Billboard Digital Entertainment Conference & Awards to be held at the Regent Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles on November 4-5. The Awards show will be held on November 4. Billboard has created this event in partnership with Digital Media Wire.

The Awards will include 30 market-leading categories honoring innovation,
entrepreneurship and brand development in digital entertainment. Judges
are comprised of an elite group of industry executives and leaders hand
picked from the digital entertainment industry, representing the creative
community, major entertainment companies, academic institutions and the
media. The panel of judges choosing finalists and winners are:

Keith Boesky (ICM),
Vince Broady (CNET and Gamespot),
Ted Cohen (EMI Music),
Marc Geiger (William Morris Agency),
David Goldberg (Yahoo!),
Jim Griffin (Cherry Lane Digital),
John Kilcullen (Billboard Information Group),
Don Levy (Sony Pictures Digital),
Al Lieberman (NYU Stern School of Business),
Rick Mandler (Walt Disney Internet Group and ABC Enhanced Television),
Ben Mendelson (Interactive Television Alliance),
Mika Salmi (AtomShockwave),
Ned Sherman (Digital Media Wire),
Howie Singer (Warner Music Group),
John Welch (Playfirst) and
Neil Young (Electronic Arts).

"Billboard is proud to be leading the charge to recognize the cutting-edge
developments and forward thinkers shaping the future of digital
entertainment," said Billboard President & Publisher John Kilcullen. "The
individuals who we have chosen as judges for these awards are visionary
executives and creative minds who are driving the transformation of the
digital entertainment industry."

Judges will evaluate submissions in 30 unique categories honoring
achievements involving digital gaming, music and film, television and
video. Categories are:

Visionary of the Year,
Innovator of the Year,
Brand of the Year,
Game Innovation of the Year,
PC or Console Game of the Year,
Handheld Game of the Year,
Web/Downloadable Game of the Year,
Multiplayer Game of the Year,
Advergame of the Year,
Game Developer of the Year,
New Developer's Award,
Best Character in a Game,
Best Use of Sound in a Game,
Digital Music Innovation of the Year,
Best Use of Technology by a Music Label,
Best Use of Technology by an Artist,
Best Use of Technology for a Music Marketing Campaign,
Best Radio Service,
Best Downloadable Music Service,
Best Digital Music Community,
Music DVD of the Year,
DVD of the Year,
Television Technology of the Year,
Best Interactive Television Programming,
Best HDTV Programming,
Best Use of Technology for Sports Programming,
Best Use of Technology for Educational Programming,
Best Use of Technology in a Feature Film,
Most Innovative Use of Technology for Advertising and
Best Video On-demand Service.

"It is important to honor the companies whose hard work and achievements
have made an impact in technology as well as the entertainment industry,"
says Ned Sherman, president of Digital Media Wire. "These companies
deserve the recognition as market leaders, which is what the Billboard
Digital Entertainment Awards will be honoring. We recognize this as a
milestone event in the industry and wish them well in the competition." –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen

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