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Next-Gen DVD and Presidents Panel Highlights of June 7 Home Entertainment Summit

13 Apr, 2004 By: Jessica Wolf

Demonstrations of the two competing next-generation DVD platforms, Blu-ray disc and HD-DVD, will be among the highlights of Video Store Magazine's Third Annual Home Entertainment Summit: DVD Lucky 7.

The two-day conference, scheduled for June 7 and 8 at the Wyndham Bel Age in West Hollywood, Calif., comes at a time when the DVD format celebrates its seventh birthday and DVD penetration among U.S. households approaches 70 percent.

The event, which is expected to draw about 400 key executives from the studios, the consumer electronics industry and Hollywood's creative community, is sponsored by all the major studios. It is presented in cooperation with The Hollywood Reporter and DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

Other key events at the conference include:

• Updates on the current state of the DVD market, both domestic and international;

• Exclusive consumer research presentations;

• A Presidents Panel, in which the presidents of the major studios' home entertainment divisions discuss strategy to ensure and manage DVD's continued growth as well as preparations for DVD's high-definition future;

• Innovations, in which the seven best DVD special features of all time, as determined by a special panel of film-critic judges, will be screened for attendees while their producers offer live running commentaries;

• A Key Retailers panel, moderated by The Hollywood Reporter's Paula Parisi, featuring top executives from the country's biggest DVD retailers; and

• A special direct-response track in which leading marketers discuss direct marketing and sales of DVDs.

Also on tap will be studio-sponsored cocktail parties, breakfast and luncheon presentations and “meet and greet” breaks, and a special dinner with a surprise keynote speaker.

“Since our first Home Entertainment Summit in 2002, this has become the DVD industry's key annual gathering of movers and shakers, innovators and visionaries,” said Don Rosenberg, publisher of Video Store Magazine.

“This conference is really an extension of our magazine's mission to be the voice of home entertainment, and functions like a giant think tank,” added Thomas K. Arnold, associate publisher and group editor of Video Store Magazine and the event's executive producer.

The Presidents Panel promises to be the one of the largest gatherings ever of top home entertainment executives. Confirmed participants include James Cardwell, president of Warner Home Video; Mike Dunn, president of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment; Craig Kornblau, president of Universal Studios Home Video; Steve Beeks, president of Lions Gate Entertainment; Stephen Einhorn, president of New Line Home Entertainment; and Henry McGee, president of HBO Video.

Platinum sponsors of the Third Annual Home Entertainment Summit include Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, Paramount Home Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Universal Studios Home Video, Warner/New Line/HBO and Respond2Entertainment.

Gold sponsors include Lions Gate Entertainment and MGM Home Entertainment.

Other sponsors include DreamWorks Home Entertainment and Ground Zero Entertainment.

The event is open to the trade only. Advance registrations are $445 for members of DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and The Hollywood Reporter and $495 for nonmembers. Special press registrations are available to credentialed media by contacting Thomas K. Arnold at tkarnold@aol.com.

For more information, visit the Web site www.dvdconferences.com.

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