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SHOW NEWS: New Exhibitors Show Wares

29 Jul, 2003 By: Holly J. Wagner

About 50 new exhibitors at Home Entertainment 2003 will show off plenty of new products.

Think Digital Inc. wants to tell viewers how to do almost anything, with its special-interest line. “We create original DVD titles in many areas such as hobbies, how-to, education, training, independent films, automobiles, antiques, productivity and much more,” said president and CEO Greg Berkin.

Genius Products will announce the arrival of Bozo the clown on DVD. The company will feature the guy with the big shoes at a “Get Down with the Clown” happy hour at 2 p.m. today.

With the anime craze taking off in the United States, Hirameki International Group wants to go to the next level with interactive Anime and DVD magazine AnimePlay. The magazine comes in disc format and is Internet-interactive to let fans surf beyond the magazine's boundaries. AnimePlay DVDs bridge the movie-game gap by letting the viewer choose which turns the story takes.

Another growing genre in the U.S. is Indian cinema, also known as Bollywood. Eros Entertainment, an international distributor for Bollywood movies and home entertainment, wants to help broaden the genre's audience. “We want to let the attendees know that Bollywood is a very big industry and there is a great deal of interest being shown in this industry by the mainstream market,” said spokesman Madan Ahuja.

Mintek Digital wants the world to know its console and portable DVD players do more than just play DVDs, including CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3 and Kodak picture disks, said marketing director Bill Daugherty.

DVD International will promote several new titles, including its new Digital Video Essentials reference video calibration software. The company will team up with Microsoft and Samsung Electronics, which will demonstrate Windows Media 9 and the SP-H700A home theater HD2 DLP projector, respectively.

Acrylic Design Associates and TCB Fixtures and Displays can help with ways to show off videos. Acrylic Design Associates will show its software displays for retail, while TCB plans to live up to its acronym by “Taking Care of Business” with POP displays and store fixtures. The highlight for TCB is an anti-theft DVD fixture.

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