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Home Media Magazine Expands Conference Program

23 Feb, 2009 By: Billy Gil

An expanded Home Entertainment Summit, with participation from key retailers, and an all-new horror DVD/Blu-ray Disc awards contest with consumer voting are among the highlights of Home Media Magazine’s 2009 conference schedule.

After five years, the Latino DVD Conference will be scaled back into an awards show only, similar to what was done with the TV DVD Conference in 2007.

“Our studio partners have made it clear they would rather have one big event than a handful of little ones,” said Thomas K. Arnold, publisher and editorial director of Home Media Magazine and executive producer of the Home Media Conferences program. “So we have expanded the summit, cut back on everything else, and introduced a new consumer component to our calendar.”

The 2009 Home Entertainment Summit, produced in partnership with DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, will be held at the La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, Calif., June 29-July 1. The existing Summit structure — a day of seminars and workshops aimed at studio leaders and marketing executives — will be expanded to include a second day of studio presentations for key retailers, along with networking opportunities.

The Summit will open with a cocktail party Monday night, June 29, 2009, followed by the eighth annual Home Entertainment Critics Awards dinner. The regular features of the Summit, including a studio Presidents Panel, will be held on Tuesday, June 30, while studio presentations will take place Wednesday, July 1.

The Home Media Conferences calendar begins April 28 with the fifth annual Latino Home Entertainment Awards, which this year will be held at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach, Calif. The evening will kick off with a cocktail reception in MOLAA’s sculpture garden followed by dinner and the awards presentation. The awards will honor the top Latino titles of 2008 in 11 categories.

The Latino DVD Awards will be selected by a panel of judges composed of home entertainment industry experts, journalists and consumers. Submissions will be accepted through March 27. Pre-registration is $125 for DEG members, $150 for all others; after April 20, registration is $150 for DEG members and $175 for all others. Members of the Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) also will receive a $25 registration discount.

After the Summit, Home Media Magazine will partner with leading horror Web site DreadCentral.com for Reaper Awards 2009, the first-ever horror home entertainment awards show, to be held Oct. 13 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The awards also known as “The Grimmys,” will be handed out by celebrity presenters.

The sixth annual TV DVD Awards also will be held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, for the second consecutive year, in November.

The High-Definition Disc Conference, normally held at the end of the year, will be rolled into the Summit.

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