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<I>Video Store</I> and DEG Launch Second Annual Home Entertainment Summit

8 May, 2003 By: Kurt Indvik


Music DVD, and the DVD format's high-definition future, will be in the spotlight next month when Video Store Magazine and the DVD Entertainment Group present their second annual Home Entertainment Summit: DVD in 50.

The two-day conference, held June 17 and 18 at the Wyndham Bel Age Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif., coincides with the imminent arrival of DVD in 50 million U.S. households, a milestone expected to be reached this summer.

The event is expected to draw as many as 400 key executives from studios, the consumer electronics industry and Hollywood's creative community.

A highlight will be presentations from the various next-generation DVD camps, a “Creators Corner” panel discussion of directors and DVD producers moderated by USA Today's Scott Bowles, an analysts and key retailers panel exploring the format's future, and a music DVD symposium.

The presidents of the major studios' home video divisions will participate in a “Presidents Panel” to discuss upcoming release and marketing strategies, buy rates and other business issues.

A panel of experts will talk about technical and legal issues, such as digital copyright laws. Executives with independent studios will discuss marketing genre films, rental versus sellthrough and the challenges of getting consumers to buy secondary product.

Also on tap will be studio-sponsored cocktail parties, breakfast and lunch presentations, meet-and-greet breaks, and a special “DVD in 50: The Year in Music” dinner.

“DVD is fast emerging as the dominant format for home entertainment, and this year the DVD Entertainment Group has added music on DVD as one of our key initiatives,” said Bob Chapek, president of the DVD Entertainment Group, and of Buena Vista Home Entertainment.

“Last year DVD at 5 was an enormously successful event, and we are glad to partner with Video Store Magazine for an encore that promises to be both timely and relevant.”

Executive producer Thomas K. Arnold, also editor at large and director of special projects for Video Store Magazine, likens the conference to an annual “think tank,” while Video Store Magazine publisher Don Rosenberg said the conference “is an extension of the magazine's mission to be the voice of home entertainment.”

Artisan Home Entertainment, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment and Warner Home Video are platinum-level sponsors of DVD in 50.

Paramount Home Entertainment and Universal Studios Home Video/DreamWorks Home Entertainment are gold sponsors.

Other DVD in 50 sponsors include MGM Home Entertainment, New Line Home Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and Hart Sharp Home Video.

Advance registrations are $495 for DVD Entertainment Group members and $545 for nonmembers.

To register, visit www.DVD in50.com, Video Store Magazine's Web site at www.hive4media.com or call 888/544-8008.

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