The management of the vast amount of media assets captured at every day events such as meetings, birthday parties,
vacation, and conferences has become an increasingly challenging problem. Today, most media management applications
are media-centric. This means, they put the captured media assets into the center of the management. However,
in recent years it has been proposed that events are a much better abstraction of human experience and thus
provide a more appropriate means for managing media assets. Consequently, approaches that include events into
their media management solution have been explored. However, they typically consider events only as some more
metadata that can be extracted from the media assets. In addition, today's applications and approaches concentrate
on particular problems such as event detection, tagging, sharing, classification, or clustering and are often focused
on a single media type. In this paper, we argue for the benefits of an event-centric media management (EMMa) approach
that looks at the problem of media management holistically. Based on a generic event model, we specify a
media event model for the EMMa approach. The single phases and processes of the EMMa approach are defined in
a general process chain for an event-centric media management, the EMMa cycle. This cycle follows the event concept
throughout all phases and processes of the chain and puts the concept of events in the center of the media management.
Based on the media event model and EMMa cycle, we design a component-based architecture for the
EMMa approach and conduct an implementation of the approach.