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'DVD's Nine Lives' to Address How Many Lives Are Left for Home Entertainment

19 Apr, 2006 By: Stephanie Prange

With special sessions on high-definition optical discs and digital downloading of movies over the Internet, Home Media Retailing's Fifth Annual Home Entertainment Summit: DVD's Nine Lives will be the most forward-looking conference yet.

Attendees of the annual summit, which will be held May 31 and June 1 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, will join home entertainment leaders as they explore the cutting-edge technology that is dramatically changing the industry.

This year already has been pivotal in two respects: It's the year when the two next-generation disc formats, HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc, actually launch, and it's the year when the major studios began selling digital downloads of their movies over the Internet.

Both developments will take center stage at DVD's Nine Lives, produced by Home Media Retailing in cooperation with The Hollywood Reporter and DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

The conference, which comes as the DVD format celebrates its ninth birthday, is expected to once again attract more than 300 of the home entertainment industry's top movers and shakers, from studio executives, DVD producers and key retailers to prominent Wall Street and entertainment analysts and members of the media.

Two days of programming will be highlighted by the two futuristic panels, along with a market research supersession, a studio presidents panel, and an in-depth look at the booming handheld and mobile market.

Also on tap are the second annual DVD Critics Awards: The Divine Nine, in which top DVD releases from the past year will be recognized by an esteemed panel of DVD critics from around the country.

The conference also will provide many networking opportunities, including a cocktail party, a breakfast, a lunch and two breaks. The luncheon will feature product presentations and a distinctive keynote speaker.

Platinum sponsors of the Fifth Annual Home Entertainment Summit include Lionsgate, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Warner Home Video/HBO Video/New Line Home Entertainment.

The event is open to the trade only. Advance registrations are $545 for members of DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and Hollywood Reporter subscribers. Nonmembers are $595. Special press registration is available to credentialed media by contacting Lyndsey Shinoda at lshinoda@questex.com.

For more information, visit www.dvdconferences.com or call (714) 338-6744.

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