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Music DVD Event March 7

12 Jan, 2006 By: Stephanie Prange

Home Media Retailing will present the second annual Music DVD Conference — the only event solely dedicated to this growing market — March 7 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The event will be presented in cooperation with DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and The Hollywood Reporter.

Consumers bought nearly 36 million music DVDs in 2004, the latest year for which statistics are available — nearly twice as many as they bought the previous year, noted executive producer Thomas K. Arnold, Home Media Retailing's associate publisher and group editor. This year's tally is likely to also show dramatic growth in the category, he said.

“Music DVD is an unsung star in the industry,” added HMR publisher Don Rosenberg.

A special market research presentation will focus on the future of the genre, while a series of executive panel discussions, seminars and workshops will discuss critical trends and issues, including dating, promotions and merchandising. The event also will feature a product showcase luncheon with a celebrity keynoter, entertainment and the second annual Music DVD Awards.

The awards will honor music DVD releases that came to market in 2005, focusing on the entire DVD treatment. Categories include Best Compilation, Best Dual Disc, Best Music Documentary, Best New Concert, Best TV Concert, Best Vintage Concert, Best Special Features/Bonus Material and Best of Show.

More than 300 attendees are expected at the event, including top executives with major labels, independent record companies, key retailers and leading entertainment reporters, Arnold said.

The event is open to the trade only. Advance registration fees are $345 for DEG members and $395 for nonmembers. Hollywood Reporter subscribers also are entitled to the $345 discounted registration fee. Special press registrations are available to credentialed media by contacting Lyndsey Shinoda at lshinoda@questex.com.

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