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New Line Honored at 7th Home Entertainment Summit

By John Latchem | Posted: 21 Apr 2008

Steve Einhorn, the president and founder of New Line Home Entertainment, and his team will be honored as this year's DVD Visionaries at the Seventh Annual Home Entertainment Summit: TransFORMATions.

The two-day event, produced by Home Media Magazine, is expected to draw a who's who of Hollywood home entertainment leaders to the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City, Calif. June 16-17.

New Line is being absorbed into Time Warner, and most of the home entertainment team will be laid off. The last day for many of them is just 10 days after the conference, and they and their rich history will be honored June 16 at the dinner immediately following the presidents' panel and “It's Blu” cocktail party. The dinner will be themed as “A Tribute to New Line.”

This year's Summit will examine several key issues facing the future of home entertainment. Is Blu-ray Disc ready to take the mantle of packaged media from DVD? Will electronic sellthrough be a factor in home viewing habits?

Consumers, bloggers, industry experts and studio representatives will be on hand to weigh in on these issues. The two-day event will feature two market research super sessions, including a report from Screen Digest's Helen Davis Jayalath. And for the seventh consecutive year, studio presidents will gather to discuss trends and developments in the industry.

Also on tap are the fourth annual DVD Critics Awards, honoring the best DVDs and high-def discs of 2007, as chosen by a panel of DVD experts and entertainment journalists.

Other highlights:

  • A State of the Industry presentation, looking at both the domestic and international facets of home entertainment.

  • Panels examining the challenges in transitioning from DVD to Blu-ray Disc, and what it will take for America to convert, as well as new innovations of Blu-ray Disc spurred by the Internet and increased interactivity.

  • A look at the state of electronic sellthrough, and why it hasn't caught on with movies as it did with music.

  • A focus group that looks at home entertainment habits from consumers representing all walks of life.

  • A luncheon featuring product presentations and a keynote speaker.

  • The “It's Blu” cocktail party, celebrating the end of the format war with a selection of special “Blu” beverages and snacks.

  • The summit is produced by Home Media Magazine in cooperation with DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group. Advance registration fees are $545 for DEG members and $595 for all others. Advance registration ends June 9. After this date, registration fees are $595 for DEG members and $645 for nonmembers. Cost to attend only the dinner and cocktail party is $200 if registered before June 9, $250 after. Special press registration is available to credentialed media.

    For information, visit HomeMediaConferences.com or contact Kristina Kronenberg at kkronenberg@questex.com or 714/338-6743.

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