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First Studio President Powwow In a Year Highlights Conference

16 Jun, 2005 By: Kurt Indvik

For the first time in a year, seven presidents of studio home entertainment divisions will share the stage to tackle the industry's current and future challenges this month.

The meeting will occur on a featured panel during The Fourth Annual Home Entertainment Summit: DVD Magic 8 June 27–28, at the Century Plaza Hotel & Spa in Los Angeles.

The conference also will feature supplier and retail senior executives from across the home entertainment spectrum. Home Media Retailing produces the event in cooperation with DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and The Hollywood Reporter.

Slated for the presidents panel are: Steve Beeks, president, Lions Gate Entertainment; Jim Cardwell, president, Warner Home Video; Robert Chapek, president, Buena Vista Home Entertainment; Mike Dunn, president, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment; Stephen Einhorn, president, New Line Home Entertainment; Thomas F. Lesinski, president, worldwide home entertainment, Paramount Pictures; and Henry McGee, president, HBO Video.

A Next-Generation Supersession featuring top industry executives promises to be a highlight on the eve of what still appears to be a dual-format launch of these high-def disc formats.

Other panel discussions during the two-day event will cover such issues as the growing market beyond hit theatrical films, Internet marketing, mobile entertainment, and — in a pre-conference seminar — the growing market for children's nontheatrical product. As always, the conference includes a Market Research Supersession presenting the latest industry data from a panel of industry research analysts as well as a special presentation from Nielsen Entertainment.

“This is a critical time for the home entertainment industry, and it's important a conference like this addresses the key issues facing the industry through dialogue with its leadership,” said Thomas K. Arnold, associate publisher and group editor at Home Media Retailing, and executive producer of the event.

The evening of June 27, industry leaders will gather for a reception and summit dinner that will include the inaugural DVD Critics' Awards ceremony, presenting awards in eight DVD categories to suppliers for their work in the past year. A panel of industry journalists judged the awards. That same evening BVHE and DEG president Chapek will be honored with the Third Annual DVD Visionary Award.

More than 400 supplier and retail executives are expected to attend. Breakfast and luncheon presentations and guests speakers will provide further networking opportunities.

For more information about the conference, visit www.dvdconferences.com, or call 714/513-8422. For registration, call 888/544-8008.

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