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TV DVD Confab Looks to Future

10 Aug, 2006 By: Stephanie Prange

With the advent of digital downloading and the explosive popularity of video and social networking Web sites, Home Media Retailing has revamped its annual TV DVD conference to focus on convergence and consumers' quest to build personal entertainment networks.

The theme of the fourth annual TV DVD conference, held Oct. 4 and 5, 2006, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, Calif., will be “Future Channels,” which also is being incorporated into its name.

“TV DVD will be the starting point for discussion rather than the sole focus of the event,” said conference chair Don Rosenberg, publisher of Home Media Retailing. “Consumers love TV shows, and TV DVD was the first step in giving them control over when and where they can watch their favorite shows. At this conference, we're going to look beyond that, at all the TV content that's emerging on the Internet, on iTunes and elsewhere.”

TV DVD 4: Future Channels will again bring together upwards of 300 studio executives, TV producers and key retailers, as well as several classic TV stars — one of whom will be honored with the third annual TV DVD Lifetime Achievement Award.The conference is produced by Home Media Retailing in cooperation with The Hollywood Reporter, DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and the Entertainment Merchants Association.

Highlights include panel discussions on the digital distribution of TV shows, convergence between the broadcast studio and DVD, and the growing number of video and social networking Web sites being used by networks as well as DVD suppliers to fuel viral marketing campaigns in support of new series and TV DVD releases.

Back by popular demand: sessions featuring the creative forces behind top TV shows and classic TV stars discussing the impact of TV DVD on their careers and their legacies.

The conference also will include the third annual TV DVD Awards ceremony, in which the top TV DVD releases of the past year will be honored, based on a nationwide consumer vote. Voting will begin Sept. 1 on Home Media Retailing's Web site, www.homemediatailing.com, and on TVShowsOnDVD.com. A panel of critics will first nominate three titles in each of the 15 categories, which include the best series of each decade, best animated series, best reality series and best bonus features.

Rosenberg notes that while the DVD business overall has flattened out, TV DVD remains on the fast track, with the latest industry projections calling for unit sales growth of about 13% in the category, amounting to about $2.5 billion in consumer spending.

TV DVD 4: Future Channels is open to the trade only. Advance registration fees are $345 for DEG and EMA members and subscribers to The Hollywood Reporter, and $395 for everyone else.

For more information or to register see www.dvdconferences.com or call 888/544-8008.

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