Star of “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” To Receive
EMA’s Freedom of Expression Award During Home Entertainment Ceremony
ENCINO, CALIFORNIA (June 10, 2008) … The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) will recognize writer, actor, filmmaker, economist, and lawyer Ben Stein for his articulate expositions of his economic and political beliefs, often contrary to the prevailing Hollywood orthodoxy, by presenting him with its “Freedom of Expression Award,” EMA announced today. The award will be presented during EMA’s Home Entertainment Awards ceremony on June 24, which is being held as part of EMA’s Home Media Expo 2008, to be held June 24-26, 2008 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV.
EMA’s Freedom of Expression Award, which previously has been presented to George Carlin and the Smothers Brothers, recognizes individuals associated with the home entertainment industry who have spoken out on important political, social, and cultural issues, often at considerable professional risk. EMA champions the First Amendment rights of DVD and video game retailers and their customers by actively opposing legislative proposals that would curtail those rights and filing legal challenges to laws that violate the constitutional guarantee of freedom of expression, no matter how unpopular that expression may be.
“Just being a conservative in Hollywood categorizes Ben Stein as courageous,” noted Bo Andersen, President of EMA. “But more, he has fearlessly articulated, as only he can, views that would be considered provocative by many and established himself a leading conservative voice in the nation. In his latest cinematic work, Ben Stein boldly and without equivocation, embraces a free speech stance and a different world view in the discussion of intelligent design versus evolution. He has made a profound impact on free public discourse, and EMA is honored to present him with our Freedom of Expression Award.”
Ben Stein stars as the host of Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, a documentary which examines the conflict between advocates of intelligent design and evolutionists, and the hostility of the scientific community towards scientists that embrace intelligent design. Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, was produced by Premise Media and will be distributed on DVD on October 21, 2008 by Vivendi Entertainment.
“There are very few like Ben Stein, who continues to impact popular culture in a variety of ways, from his broadcast and print work, to his most recent involvement in Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed,” stated Tom O’Malley, President, Vivendi Entertainment. “His voice is one of the most respected not only in Hollywood, but all over America, and we’re delighted that he is being recognized for all of his insightful and impactful work on this film.”
While Ben Stein became a fixture of American pop culture with his roles as the monotone teacher in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), recently ranked as one of the 50 most famous scenes in American film, and the Emmy award-winning host of Comedy Central’s quiz show, Win Ben Stein’s Money, his professional achievements have been unusually varied.
A graduate of Columbia University and Yale Law School, Stein had a successful legal career before becoming a speechwriter and lawyer for Presidents Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford. Subsequently, he became a lecturer on diverse topics at some of the nation’s leading law schools and juggled writing for The Wall Street Journal, Herald Examiner, and King Features Syndicate. Today, he has a column for The New York Times Sunday Business section and a column about personal finance for Yahoo! He also is a commentator for CBS Sunday Morning and FOX News. He has authored approximately 30 titles about living in Los Angeles, finance, and the political and social content of mass culture.
In addition to his motion picture and television appearances, he has done extensive voiceover work for several popular TV series including Earthworm Jim, Family Guy, and King of the Hill. He also wrote scripts for the critically acclaimed comedy Fernwood Tonight (1977) and the popular Golden Globe winner Murder in Mississippi (1990).
EMA’s Home Media Expo 2008 is a joint venture of the Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) and Questex Media Group and presently held June 24-26, 2008 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
EMA’s Home Media Expo is open to trade and press only. Individuals interested in attending can register at www.HomeMediaExpo.com
The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) is the not-for-profit international trade association dedicated to advancing the interests of the $33 billion home entertainment industry. EMA represents approximately 600 companies throughout the United States, Canada, and other nations. Its members operate approximately 20,000 retail outlets in the U.S. that sell and/or rent DVDs and computer and console video games and digitally distributed versions of these products. Membership comprises the full spectrum of retailers (from single-store specialists to multi-line mass merchants, and both brick and mortar and online stores), distributors, the home video divisions of major and independent motion picture studios, and other related businesses that constitute and support the home entertainment industry. EMA was established in April 2006 through the merger of the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) and the Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association (IEMA).
Questex Media Group, Inc. is a global, diversified business-to-business integrated media and information provider that serves multiple industries including technology, telecommunications, beauty, spa, travel, hospitality, leisure, abilities, home entertainment, landscape design, building services and natural resources through a range of well-established, market-leading publications, events, interactive media, research, information and integrated marketing services. The company's media properties include over 100 print and digital media publications, 45 conferences, tradeshows and events, and a range of research, data and information products. The company’s operations include more than 500 employees in offices throughout North America, South America, Asia and Europe.
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