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8th Annual Summit

Schedule of Events 
Dates, TBD

Loews Santa Monica
Santa Monica, California   
Day One: 
5:30 p.m.
Registration Opens

6:30-8 p.m.
Opening Cocktail Party

Day Two

8:30 p.m.
Registration Opens
9:30 - 10 a.m.
Opening Session

Welcome remarks and morning keynote introduction
Thomas K. Arnold, publisher and editorial director, Home Media Magazine
Amy Jo Smith, executive director, DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group

State of the Home Entertainment Industry
Domestic: TBA
International: TBA

10:00 – 11:15 a.m.
3-D Supersession

Morning Keynote:
“How Big and How Soon Will 3D get 2B in the Home?”

Jim Bottoms, Futuresource

Top analyst Jim Bottoms takes a big-picture look at the burgeoning 3D business and its theatrical as well as home video applications, covering displays, broadcast, disc media and online opportunities; factors driving the business in the United States; hurdles to be overcome; the implications for Hollywood; and a detailed forecast on how big and how soon the market will get.

Panel Discussion:
“3D and Blu-ray Disc: A Match Made in Hollywood Heaven?”

Much has been said about 3D in theaters, but the biggest promise, many experts say, lies in home applications. Most significantly, will be 3D be the “killer app” that hastens mass consumer acceptance for Blu-ray Disc?
Moderator: Stephanie Prange, editor in chief, Home Media Magazine
Panelists: TBA

11:15 - 11:30 a.m.
Networking Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Executive Session I:
“Doing Business in the New Economy”

The turbulent economy has been a mixed bag for our business. Box office has been up, but home entertainment is challenged by both the economy and the task of managing the consumer transition from standard DVD to Blu-ray Disc. What opportunities do we see? What hurdles need to be overcome? How long will the storm last, and how best to ride it out?
Moderator: Erik Gruenwedel, senior editor, Home Media Magazine
Panelists: TBA

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Luncheon Keynote
Special Celebrity Keynote Speaker!

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.
Executive Session II:
“The View From the Trenches”

Key retailers share their experiences with Blu-ray Disc and how they are managing the transition, while at the same time making sure DVD is still front and center. Retailers also will discuss changes in the sellthrough business, the evolving rental model, and the impact of digital delivery.
Moderator: TBA
Panelists: TBA

 2:15 - 3 p.m.
Executive Session III:
“Going Green”

The world is going green, and home entertainment industry is certainly doing its part to preserve the environment. A look at some of the initiatives sweeping our industry, from packaging to distribution.
Moderator: TBA
Panelists: TBA

3 - 3:15 p.m.
Networking Break 
3:15 - 4 p.m.
Special Session I: View from the Blogosphere

Key players from the new vanguard of consumer journalism share their views on the evolving home entertainment business.
Moderator: TBA
Panelists: TBA

4 - 5 p.m.
Executive Session IV:
The President’s Panel

Back by popular demand, for the eighth consecutive year, is our celebrated Presidents Panel, featuring the heads of the major-studio home entertainment divisions, all together at one time, on one stage! The captains of our industry will share their candid views, observations and opinions on the key trends, issues, opportunities and challenges facing our business, from the effect of the economy on DVD sales to the changing rental model, the rise of Blu-ray Disc, the digital copy phenomenon, and more.
Moderator: Thomas K. Arnold, publisher and editorial director, Home Media Magazine
Panelists: TBA

5 - 6 p.m.
Cocktail Party: BD Live

This year’s party celebrates Blu-ray Disc’s growing interactivity through the Internet, with kiosks and stations where attendeess can sample this startling new technology first-hand.

7 p.m.
Dinner: TBA

Home Entertainment Critics Awards

Join the home entertainment industry’s movers and shakers as we salute the best DVDs and Blu-ray Discs of 2008, as determined by a panel of high-profile DVD critics and entertainment journalists

8:30 p.m.
Gift bag Distribution

All dates, times, locations and topics are subject to change without notice. Please check back to this page periodically for updates.