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TV Creators to Appear at TV DVD Conference

11 Sep, 2003 By: Kurt Indvik

Several prominent TV show creators will be featured on panels at the first-ever TV DVD Conference, scheduled for Oct. 22 at the Wyndham Bel Age in West Los Angeles.

Bob Cochran and Joel Surnow, creators of the hit Fox Television drama “24,” will keynote the conference, which is being produced by Video Store Magazine in cooperation with the Digital Entertainment Group (formerly the DVD Entertainment Group).

Seth McFarlane, creator of “The Family Guy,” will appear on a panel discussion on the “complete series” phenomenon that is fueling sales of boxed DVD sets of such popular shows as “The Sopranos,” “Friends” and “The Simpsons.”

Panel discussions at the conference will examine marketing strategies for TV series; how to find, license and release vintage TV shows on DVD; and the booming market for short-form children's TV. Also on the agenda is a Video Store Magazine research presentation.

“TV on DVD is exploding, as DVD collectors discover they can buy and keep an entire season of their favorite TV show in a single inch of shelf space,” said Thomas K. Arnold, director of special projects for Video Store Magazine and executive producer of the conference. The TV market is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the DVD market, accounting for about 10 percent of all DVD sales last year (about $870 million), up from about 6 percent ($300 million) in 2001. Video Store Magazine market research estimates consumers this year will spend more than $1 billion on DVDs of TV shows.

Video Store Magazine publisher Don Rosenberg said he expects upwards of 300 studio and TV executives to attend the event.

The event is open to the trade only. Advance registrations are $195 for DEG members; $245 for nonmembers. Press registrations are available to credentialed media by contacting Arnold at tkarnold@aol.com. For more information and to register, visit tvdvdconference.com.

Studio sponsors include Buena Vista, Columbia TriStar, DreamWorks, HBO Home Video, MGM, Paramount, Fox, Universal, Warner and Anchor Bay.

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