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DEG Names New Board, Officers

19 Jun, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel

DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group June 19 announced its new board of directors, as well the officers of its steering committee for the 2013-14 fiscal year — the DEG’s 17th year as the top home entertainment industry trade group.

Sofia Chang of HBO Home Entertainment, Tom McDonough of Intel Media Services and Darren Stupak of Sony Music Entertainment join the current DEG board. Current members include Bill Sondheim, president of Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment; Blair Westlake, VP of media and entertainment group with Microsoft; Gene Kelsey, director of sales support and training for Panasonic; Dennis Maguire, president of home entertainment worldwide for Paramount Home Media Distribution; Marty Gordon, VP of Philips Electronics; Eric Anderson, VP of content strategies for Samsung Electronics; Mike Lucas, SVP of the home division for Sony Electronics; Ron Smith, VP of marketing of the digital products division for Toshiba America Information Systems; Jim Belcher, VP of advanced technology and production for Universal Music Group; Lori MacPherson, EVP of global product management for Walt Disney Studios; and Tim Alessi, director of new product development for LG Electronics USA.

Entering the second year of two-year terms on the DEG steering committee — which provides leadership and oversight of the DEG’s agenda — are board president Ron Sanders, president of Warner Bros.’ worldwide home entertainment distribution; VP David Bishop, president of worldwide home entertainment for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; VP Craig Kornblau, president of Universal Studios Home Entertainment; secretary
Mike Dunn, president of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment; and CFO Steve Beeks, president and co-COO of Lionsgate.

“Under the direction of the new Board, the DEG is looking forward to supporting the industry’s key initiatives to advance home entertainment,” said Amy Jo Smith, executive director of the DEG. “These include promotion of Blu-ray Disc, connected devices and other digital delivery options, including UltraViolet.”

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