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DVD's Key Players at Symposium

17 Aug, 2001 By: Stephanie Prange

Key DVD decisionmakers will converge on the Hilton Universal City & Towers this week for DVD Entertainment 2001, a two-day DVD symposiumorganized by the International Recording Media Association and MedialineMagazine.

A highlight of the event, which takes place Aug. 22 and 23 in Universal City, Calif., will be the fourth annual DVD Awards, produced by VideoStore Magazine.

The awards recognize DVD achievements in 22 categories. Leonard Maltin, film critic for “Entertainment Tonight” and “Hot Ticket,” will host the DVD Awards party.

Video Store Magazine will also produce Hollywood Summit 2 during the conference. The series of seminars aimed at studio executives takes place Aug. 22. The DVD Entertainment Group has coordinated a 10 a.m. panel discussion, “The Changing Face of DVD: How Studios are Preparing for Convergence.” Panelists include Jeff Fink of Artisan Home Entertainment, Gordon Ho of Buena Vista Home Entertainment and Todd Collart of interActual Technologies. Video Store Magazine's editorialdirector Bruce Apar and director of special projects Thomas K. Arnold will moderate.

The afternoon session starts at 4:15 p.m. with a presentation from software designer Joe Matheny of Metalepsis. Next is a research presentation from Video Store Magazine market research director Judith McCourt and DVD Release Report editor Ralph Tribbey, moderated by Video Store Magazine group publisher Don Rosenberg.

It concludes with a retail panel, “State-of-the-Art DVD Retailing.” Panelists include Dusty Bowling of Best Buy, Len Cosimano of Borders Group, Mitch Lowe of Netflix and Paul Ramaker of WherehouseEntertainment.

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