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‘DVD Magic 8' Tackles Defining Moment for Home Entertainment

20 Apr, 2005 By: Kurt Indvik

The outcome of the current format battle between Blu-ray Disc and HD-DVD, a defining moment in the home entertainment industry, will be a focal point at Home Media Retailing's Fourth Annual Home Entertainment Summit: DVD Magic 8.

Attendees of the conference, June 27 and 28 at the Century Plaza Hotel & Spa in Century City, Calif., will either get what could be one last look at the two competing next-generation, high-definition optical-disc formats before they both launch, or witness one of the first public presentations of a unified standard format.

“We're hoping the industry will come to its senses and come out with only one high-definition disc format,” says conference executive producer Thomas K. Arnold, Home Media Retailing's associate publisher and group editor.

The event, produced in cooperation with The Hollywood Reporter and DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, comes as DVD celebrates its eighth birthday — and organizers note that all of Hollywood is figuratively shaking the eight ball to see where the business is headed on the eve of the high-def era.

The conference is expected to once again attract upwards of 300 of the home entertainment industry's leaders, 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 a research supersession, a studio presidents' panel and an in-depth look at Internet marketing and the booming handheld market.

The inaugural DVD Critics Awards: The Great Eight will be presented, in which top DVD releases from the past year will be recognized by a panel of DVD critics from around the country.

Networking is always an important element at the conference, and this year opportunities will include a studio-sponsored cocktail party, a breakfast, a lunch, a dinner and two breaks. The luncheon will feature product presentations and a keynote speaker.

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

Lions Gate Home Entertainment is the summit's gold sponsor, while silver sponsors include Anchor Bay Entertainment, DreamWorks Home Entertainment, First Look Home Entertainment, Image Entertainment, R2 Entertainment and Ventura Entertainment.

The event is open to industry participants only. Advance registrations are $495 for members of DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and The Hollywood Reporter subscribers. Registration for nonmembers is $545. Special press registration is available to credentialed media by contacting Lyndsey Shinoda at lshinoda@advanstar.com.

For more information, visit www.dvdconferences.com.

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