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DEG Ups Amy Jo Smith to Prez

16 Aug, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Amy Jo Smith

Longtime home entertainment executive replaces Warner Bros. Worldwide Home Entertainment Distribution’s Ron Sanders, who becomes chairman

DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group Aug. 16 said it has promoted executive director Amy Jo Smith to president of the home entertainment trade group.

Smith, who has been with DEG since its inception in 1997, assumes additional responsibilities as the industry accelerates its transition to emerging technologies. She replaces Ron Sanders, president of Warner Bros. Worldwide Home Entertainment, who is taking over the chairman position.

“We are very proud to announce Amy Jo’s much deserved promotion,” Sanders said. “She has always been the driving force behind the DEG, and we continue to entrust her with leading the industry’s many initiatives now and moving forward.”

In addition to promoting Smith, the DEG realigned its steering committee positions. Vice chairs will be David Bishop, president, Sony Pictures Worldwide Home Entertainment, Craig Kornblau, president, Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Mike Dunn, president, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Steve Beeks, co-COO & president, motion picture group, Lionsgate remains CFO.

These veteran home entertainment executives are responsible for providing leadership and oversight of the DEG’s agenda, which supports emerging home entertainment platforms. Robert Rose, DEG’s general counsel, also takes over the responsibility of corporate secretary.

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