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Disney Digital Guru to Keynote Home Entertainment Summit

19 May, 2006 By: Stephanie Prange

Robert Lambert

The digital point person for The Walt Disney Co. has been tapped to keynote the Fifth Annual Home Entertainment Summit: DVD's Nine Lives.

Robert Lambert, Disney's SVP of worldwide technology strategy, will speak during the June 1 luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, Calif. His speech continues the forward-looking slant of this year's conference, produced by Home Media Retailing in cooperation with The Hollywood Reporter and DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

“The home entertainment industry is changing dramatically,” said Don Rosenberg, HMR publisher and conference chair. “High-definition packaged media is now on the market, and at the same time the major studios are aggressively selling their movies over the Internet through digital downloading. That's why we're looking at cutting-edge programming for this year's summit, and Bob fits right in with that.”

Lambert works closely with Disney business unit and corporate executives on a number of the company's digital initiatives, including new technology and new media strategies, technology planning, and interface with other media companies on technical matters. He focuses on strengthening Disney's relationships in the technology sector to create new businesses. He also acts as the company's senior technical executive in new media, standards, regulatory and rights management work, and serves as president of Disney Technology Operations & Licensing, Disney's licensing subsidiary. Lambert also serves as a corporate advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering's Research & Development unit and the Studio New Technology area.

The Fifth Annual Home Entertainment Summit: DVD's Nine Lives, which comes as DVD celebrates its ninth birthday, is expected to attract more than 300 of the home entertainment industry's top movers and shakers. Two days of programming will be highlighted by high-def disc and VOD panels, along with a market research Super Session, a studio presidents panel, and in-depth looks at Internet marketing and mobile entertainment. Also on the schedule are the second annual DVD Critics Awards: The Divine Nine.

Platinum sponsors of the Fifth Annual Home Entertainment Summit include Buena Vista, Lionsgate, Paramount, Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Universal Studios and Warner/HBO/New Line. Other sponsors include Anchor Bay Entertainment, BCI Eclipse, First Look Studios, Genius Products, Hart Sharp Video and Image Entertainment. For more information or to register, visit www.dvdconferences.com.

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