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Show Could Be Reborn This Year

21 Jul, 2003 By: Stephanie Prange

While many have long said that the VSDA show isn't what it used to be, the fact that exhibit suites are sold out this year may be a sign that next week's event will mark its rebirth.

It's an endorsement for the suite concept that show organizers have forwarded this year. And the show won't just be about suite meetings.

“We will have more parties at Home Entertainment 2003 than we have had in years,” said Don Rosenberg, group video director, Home Entertainment Events. Home Entertainment Events is a division of Advanstar Communications, publisher of Video Store Magazine.

Such luminaries as director Kevin Smith, who has long championed the video business, will be showing up, not to mention the Smothers Brothers, Peter Fonda and, as announced yesterday, renowned jazz keyboardist Freddie Ravel.

There may be no exhibit floor, but the pizzazz is likely to return to the show this year.

All indices for the event are up, with show preregistration ahead 5 percent to 10 percent from last year.

Here's hoping it's a great success.

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