Studios Host Home Theater Forum25 Oct, 2012 By: Chris Tribbey
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Approximately 60 members of the Home Theater Forum — an online community of home entertainment buffs highly prized by the studios for their acumen and influence — gathered from around the nation this week to visit every major studio, among other industry heavyweights, and confer with executives.
Glasses-free 3D at Dolby, a peek at the restoration of classic horror movies at Universal Studios, a behind-the-scenes tour at Warner Bros., a look at the latest projectors from Panasonic were among their activities.
“It’s not every online home entertainment group that gets this kind of treatment,” said group administrator Adam Gregorich. “Home Theater Forum, with its breadth of news and insights into hardware and software, is one of a kind,”
“It’s been a great opportunity for our members to have discussions with the studios and for the studios to meet those representatives of the high-end home entertainment enthusiast,” he added. “It’s a win-win.”
Gregorich said the studios appreciate feedback from the Forum’s members, and the members get an inside look at the passion hardware companies and content owners put into their products.
Established in 1997, the Home Theater Forum has done its annual studio meet and greet for four years running. The 2012 trip was dedicated to Robert A Fowkes Jr., an original member of the group and long-time moderator who died in late 2011 at the age of 69, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.