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Peter Guber to Keynote VSDA Show

20 May, 2002 By: Hive News

Hollywood heavyweight Peter Guber, former chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, movie producer with such credits as Rain Man, The Color Purple and Batman, and chairman of Mandalay Entertainment, will deliver the keynote at Home Entertainment 2002 during the opening ceremony July 16 at the Rio Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Guber's keynote will focus on how new technologies will impact the home video industry and ways retailers can compete effectively with them, according to the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA), which is presenting the event. He will also talk about managing a business by understanding success and failure along with the importance of taking risks.

As a producer, Guber's films have earned more than $3 billion at the box office and garnered more than 50 Oscar nominations. Mandalay Entertainment is involved in a multitude of projects, including a 3-D IMAX program for the Smithsonian Institute, along with television, media arts and sports entertainment programs.

Guber entered the entertainment business in 1968 when Columbia Pictures recruited him. Within 20 months he was president of the company. In 1976 he founded Casablanca Record & Filmworks with Neil Bogart, where he acted as independent film producer for The Deep and Midnight Express.

In 1979 he formed Polygram Pictures, where he was chairman and co-owner. He sold Polygram in 1983 and went on to form the Guber/Peters Company, producing such hit films as The Color Purple, Missing, The Witches of Eastwick, Flashdance, Rain Man and Batman. In 1989 the company was sold to Sony Pictures Entertainment, where Guber was named chairman and CEO.

In his five years as CEO, the studio achieved a string of 21 hits grossing over $100 million, including Terminator 2 and A Few Good Men. Guber is also credited with expanding Sony's leadership in television with prime time hit programs such as "Seinfeld," "Mad About You," "Married ... With Children" and "The Nanny."

Since its formation in 1995, Mandalay Entertainment has produced, financed and released such pictures as Donnie Brasco, Seven Years in Tibet, Les Miserables, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Sleepy Hollow, Enemy at the Gates, The Score and Beyond Borders.

"We are delighted Peter Guber, one of the industry's true visionaries, has agreed to keynote our 21st annual industry event," said VSDA president Bo Andersen. "His 30-plus years of experience and his extraordinary vision for the business of our industry are sure to provide value to all our attendees. An added plus for all of us who love movies: Peter's stories about the inner workings of films and how they get made will be a thrill."

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