L.A. Entertainment Summit Promotes Business, Charity29 Jul, 2013 By: Chris Tribbey
CENTURY CITY, Calif. — The Los Angeles Entertainment Summit brought together nearly 1,000 people from dozens of home entertainment and video game companies July 22 to 24.
The primary focus of the three-day event was business-to-business meetings, but it also included industry receptions, networking opportunities, a “Knowledge Exchange” consisting of research presentations and business roundtables, a “Tech Tour” of new technologies transforming the industry, and various fundraising activities.
Proceeds from the fundraising activities benefited the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
The event was chaired by Mark Horak, president of the Americas for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, and Simon Swart, EVP and GM of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.
“Bringing together the key decision makers in the video game and home entertainment categories makes perfect sense given the pace of change in our business,” Horak said. “The addition of the Tech Tour and Knowledge Exchange provided insights and added value to all summit participants and anyone driving the future of our business today.”
“It was an honor to co-chair LAES, and we are thrilled that our team at 20th Century Fox could be a partner in the success of the event and host the industry reception on our backlot,” Swart added. “LAES has proven to be a very cost-effective and efficient way to meet with our key retail partners to discuss the initiatives we must address if we are to be successful in the future.”
Mark Fisher, president and CEO of the Entertainment Merchants Association, which helped present the event, added, “LAES has once again provided tremendous value to our retail and distributor members, and we were proud to play a role in bringing our industry together for an event that is making such a significant contribution to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
“We’ve gotten both the gaming and video industries together to celebrate our success, and to look forward to what’s next. It’s been efficient, effective, productive, and [attendees] are having fun.”
LAES helped raise more than $600,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The funds raised will support the development of new drugs and treatments to extend the lives of those affected by the disease, which impacts more than 33,000 people in the United States and Canada alone.
Two of Horak’s daughters suffer from the disease and spoke at the event.