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We're Running at Full Steam

20 Jun, 2007 By: Thomas K. Arnold

These are busy times for us here at Home Media Magazine. We have three big projects we're working on at the same time as our weekly magazine. And each is a key component in our grand plan to serve the home entertainment industry and its players to the best of our ability, even if it means venturing out of the proverbial box.

First up is the Sixth Annual Home Entertainment Summit: DVD & Beyond, an annual conference for industry executives that will be held this week in Century City, Calif. We've been producing conferences since 2002 — in partnership with DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and The Hollywood Reporter — as a way to get our industry leaders to address hard-hitting issues and topics on a stage before other industry executives. We've got panels on next-generation discs and digital downloading, catalog DVD sales and the TV DVD business, the direct-to-video phenomenon and Internet-based marketing. Throw in some exclusive market research from such respected organizations as Screen Digest and Understanding & Solutions, as well as compelling keynoters such as Jack Kyser, the chief economist for Los Angeles, and you've got an event that's become a “must go.”

At the same time, we are working on two publications, Hollywood Goes High-Def and Agent DVD. The former is a quarterly publication we launched in January at the Consumer Electronics Show that gets inserted into Home Media Magazine as well as two hardware books, Dealerscope and CustomRetailer The goal is to show the hardware community that our industry is committed to next-generation software, crucial to growing the two high-definition disc formats.

The other is Agent DVD, a consumer magazine for San Diego Comic-Con International, an annual event that's increasingly important to the studios. To studio executives who tell us, “Help us reach the consumer,” this is our answer: a slick, glossy magazine about DVDs aimed at the comic book, sci-fi, fantasy and horror fan.

I could envision both growing beyond their current states: Hollywood Goes High-Def could be a standalone trade magazine for the entire high-definition industry, while Agent DVD could be a monthly on newsstands — or video stores — everywhere.

But first, let me get through this week's conference …

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