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'DVD at 5' Examines the Business from All Angles

30 May, 2002 By: Hive News

Home video presidents, Hollywood film directors and DVD producers have confirmed participation in DVD at 5: A Conference Commemorating DVD's Fifth Anniversary, presented by the DVD Forum and produced by the DVD Entertainment Group and Video Store Magazine.

The industry conference June 27 and 28 at the Marina Beach Marriott in Los Angeles will provide an update on the state of the DVD business five years after its launch as well as a look ahead to the next five years. More than 300 studio, consumer electronics and label executives, film directors, DVD producers, financial analysts and prominent trade media are expected to attend.

Presidents of key video suppliers including Bob Chapek, Buena Vista Home Entertainment; Benjamin Feingold, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment; Kelly Sooter, DreamWorks Home Entertainment; Pat Wyatt, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment; and Craig Kornblau, Universal Studios Home Video will discuss their studios' role in DVD's growth as well as the direction the DVD business is headed.

Hollywood film directors will also step out for the occasion to discuss their upcoming DVD releases and how they view the medium from both a creative and a commercial standpoint. Invited guests include Vicki Jensen (Shrek), Nicholas Meyer (Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Kahn), Allan Moyle (Empire Records) and Kevin Smith (Dogma).

DVD producers including Colleen Benn (A Beautiful Mind), Rob Burnett (The Usual Suspects), Chris Carey (Snow White), Anita Holly (Thirteen Days) and Mark Rowan (Shrek) will preview their upcoming projects and discuss ever-expanding value-added features.

Additional panel discussions during the conference include updates on the U.S. and international DVD markets; DVD When It's 10; Wall Street media analysts and key retailers discussing trends in DVD sales and rentals and forecast what the business will be like five years out; Digital Rights Management; panelists discuss the Digital Millennium Copyright Act as well as software and legal issues that lie ahead; News Ways to DVD; brief, informative expert presentations on DVD-Audio, Recordable DVD, HD-DVD, DVD and video gaming; trends in interactivity and Web connectivity, DVD multi and other next-generation innovations.

To kick off the DVD at 5 Conference, guests are also invited to attend a June 27 reception and dinner honoring key achievements during the format's first five years.

Registration for both the conference and DVD at 5 Honors Dinner is available here or by calling the DVD at 5 Conference hotline at (310) 967-2980. Conference registration for DVD Forum members is $395; $425 for nonmembers. On-site registration for DVD Forum members is $450; or $495 for nonmembers. DVD at 5 Honors Dinner tickets are $50 for conference registrants and $100 for non-conference registrants. Group rates, sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are available by calling the hotline.

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