A Week of Celebrations22 Nov, 2011 By: Stephanie Prange
What a whirlwind week it was with, first, Warner Bros.’s Veterans Day weekend gala celebration of the release of the final disc in the “Harry Potter” series at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter park at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla. Then Nov. 14 came the annual Entertainment AIDS Alliance Visionary Awards at the Beverly Hilton, and Nov. 15 our annual Women in Home Entertainment luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire, both in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Warner pulled out all the stops for the release of the final disc in the “Harry Potter” series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2. It was a wonderful coda to a franchise that has spanned the eras of VHS, DVD, Blu-ray Disc and, now, UltraViolet, the industry’s new digital copy in the cloud format, which the “Potter” stars dutifully promoted.
The EAA’s Visionary dinner drew such stars as honoree Pam Grier and presenters Jennifer Beals and Steve Carell. Producer and honoree Steve Tisch gave a moving speech about the ravages of AIDS.
The women at our Women in Home Entertainment luncheon were such an accomplished lot that I am still awed.
B.A.s, M.B.A.s, J.D.s, Fulbright Award winners, speaking multiple languages — I am truly awed by the women in this industry. I bow to your awesome accomplishments. At one point, during our editing of the Women in Home Entertainment section, I had a kind of brain freeze on accomplishments. You are geniuses. And don’t ever forget it. As a mother of two girls, I applaud your groundbreaking achievements!
I know that it has been a hard year in this industry, as it has been for most. But I think this industry has the best minds on tap — and not just the women — to lead us into the home entertainment future.
Whatever may come, remember content is king. And good content will always win out. Great people also rise to the top. And after this week, I’m sure our industry has the greatest people around.