March 9, 2009 · Posted in Home Page 

The Changing Face of Video Rentail:

Mitch Lowe

(And What it Means to the Future of Home Entertainment)

Redbox has changed the retail landscape for physical media. With key studio distribution agreements in place, redbox President Mitch Lowe provides his insights and updates into the current state of their kiosk business, which has rented more than 750 million DVDs through its nearly 21,600 locations nationwide. What are Redbox’s growth plans and new business opportunities? Importantly, what are their contributions to industry sales, extending the lifecycle of the DVD format, as well as providing the industry with a transition to the future?


The cloud is a hot topic when discussing the future of Hollywood, home entertainment and the studios’ relationships with their customers. How will the cloud be utilized to provide a seamless digital home entertainment experience, further digital transactions and engage the consumer with a trusted interface to library their purchased content? How will roles across the entertainment value chain evolve, and who will shape the consumer experience? Amazon.com Chief Technology Officer Werner Vogels will be addressing these questions and more as part of a dedicated ESCA EDGE session on the cloud and our business. Vogels is responsible for driving the online retailer’s company technology vision and innovation on behalf of its customers at a global scale. The session is being moderated by Thomas Moran, Senior Director, M&E, Savvis. Other panel participants include: Kit Knox, Vice President, Media Engineering, Akamaii; Ton Kalker, Distinguished Technologist, Hewlett-Packard; and Thomas Scott, Director of Engineering, Netflix.

A distinguished panel of studio executives and their service providers will join together at ESCA EDGE this year to provide insights and updates into the current state of the industry’s digital supply chain. What skills, capabilities, and lessons learned from the physical media supply chain can be transferred to the digital supply chain and how can we collaborate to build efficiencies in digital distribution across the industry? The session will be moderated by Testronic President Seth Hallen, President, Testronic Labs. Panelists include: Richard Berger, Senior Vice President, Global Digital Strategy and Operations, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Robert Blatt, Senior Vice President, Product and Service Development, Ascent Media; John Crosier, Director, Global Operations, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution; Morgan Fiumi, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President, Deluxe Digital Studios; and Chuck Parker, President, Technicolor Digital Content Delivery.

Brad Auerbach, Vice President, Strategic Business Development, Hewlett-Packard
John Barrett, Director of Research, Park Associates
Richard Berger, SVP, Global Digital Strategy & Operations, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Sean Besser, Vice President, Business Development, Rovi
Robert Blatt, SVP, Product and Service Development, Ascent Media
Chris Carey, EVP, Paramount Technical Operations
Alison Casey, Head of Global Content, Futuresource
Akin Ceylan, EVP, Supply Chain and Operations, Lionsgate
John Crosier, Director, Global Operations, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution
Steve Dahl, SVP, Worldwide Operations & IT, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Dr. Kevin Dooley, Senior Advisor, The Sustainability Consortium and Professor of Supply Chain Management, Arizona State University
Tom Emrey, EVP and COO, Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Morgan Fiumi, SVP and COO, Deluxe Digital Studios
Michael Frey, President, Sony DADC Americas
Seth Hallen, President, Testronic Laboratories
Robert Hills, Principal, Strategy and Operations, Deloitte Consulting
Ton Kalker, Distinguished Technologist, Hewlett Packard
Nadine Kano, Senior Director, Product Group Strategic Initiatives, Microsoft
Joseph Kessler, CEO, The Intelligence Group – a division of CAA
Kit Knox, VP, Media Engineering, Akamai
Tony Korkunis, SVP, Retail Development, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Mark Landry, VP, Telecom, Media & Entertainment, Capgemini
Billy Law, Director, Home Entertainment Measurement, The Nielsen Company
Mitch Lowe, President, Redbox
Dan Miron, EVP, Worldwide Supply Chain Management, Warner Home Video
Tom Moran, Senior Director, Media and Entertainment, Savvis
Chuck Parker, President, Technicolor Digital Content Delivery
Doug Reinart, VP, Global Accounts, Technicolor
Dr. Nancy Sidhu, VP and Chief Economist, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation
Amy Jo Smith, Executive Director, DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Dr. Werner Vogels, CTO, Amazon Web Services
Blake White, Director, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
Larry Wilk, VP, Worldwide Operations, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Robert Ziegler, SVP Operations, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Conference Program

As of May 25 – subject to change


Thursday, June 3rd

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Introduction and Welcome Remarks
Amy Jo Smith, Executive Director, DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Dan Miron, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Supply Chain Management, Warner Home Video


8:45 – 9 a.m.
By the Numbers: Home Entertainment Industry Update
This presentation sets the stage for ESCA-EDGE with snapshots of Nielsen’s comprehensive data on the state of the home entertainment industry in their 2009 Year End Report on Home Entertainment Sell-Through. Topics include the impact of the U.S. Economy on home entertainment consumers, performance and trends on physical sell-through, and a look ahead through 2010.
Billy Law, Director, Home Entertainment Measurement, The Nielsen Company


9 – 9:45 a.m.
Recent Developments in the Entertainment Supply Chain
Members of the ESCA Advisory Board and DEG Supply Chain Committee discuss innovations in the packaged media supply chain.  Are there opportunities for improvement and, if so, what types of innovation might we see?  Does an efficient and adaptive supply chain provide any differentiation or competitive advantage at this stage of the disc market?
Moderator: Doug Reinart, Global Accounts, Technicolor

Panelists:
Akin Ceylan, Executive Vice President, Supply Chain and Operations, Lionsgate
Steve Dahl, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Operations & IT, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Tom Emrey, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Tony Korkunis, Senior Vice President, Retail Development, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Dan Miron, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Supply Chain Management, Warner Home Video
Robert Ziegler, Senior Vice President Operations, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


9:45 – 10:30 a.m.
Modeling Our Future: The New Digital Supply Chain
This distinguished panel of leaders in the digital supply chain space from both content and services provides insight into the current digital supply chain as well as the landscape for digital delivery to the home. What skills, capabilities, and lessons learned from the physical media supply chain can be transferred to the digital supply chain and how can we collaborate to build efficiencies in digital distribution across the industry?
Moderator: Seth Hallen, President, Testronic Laboratories

Panelists:
Richard Berger, Senior Vice President, Global Digital Strategy and Operations, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Robert Blatt, Senior Vice President, Product and Service Development, Ascent Media
John Crosier, Director, Global Operations, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution
Morgan Fiumi, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President, Deluxe Digital Studios
Chuck Parker, President, Technicolor Digital Content Delivery


10:30 – 11 a.m.
NETWORKING BREAK



11 – 11:45 a.m.
The Changing Face of Video Rentail
Redbox has changed the retail landscape for physical media. With key studio distribution agreements in place, redbox President Mitch Lowe provides his insights and updates into the current state of their kiosk business, which has rented more than 750 million DVDs through its nearly 21,600 locations nationwide. What are redbox’s growth plans and new business opportunities? Importantly, what are their contributions to industry sales, extending the lifecycle of the DVD format, as well as providing the industry with a transition to the future?
Introduction: Thomas K. Arnold, Publisher and Editorial Director, Home Media Magazine
Mitch Lowe, President, Redbox


11:45 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.
Facts in a Flash: 5 ideas in 5 minutes
What are the most pertinent and relevant findings of the leading M&E industry analysts? This rapid-fire session will feature four leading industry consultants on stage to provide their own clear and concise data report. Each of them gets right to the point to deliver actionable data and insights on the digitization of home entertainment and digital distribution of content.
Participants:
John Barrett
, Director of Research, Parks Associates
Robert Hills, Principal, Strategy and Operations, Deloitte Consulting
Blake White, Director, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
Mark Landry, Vice President, Telecom, Media & Entertainment, Capgemini


12:05 – 12:30 p.m.
Home Entertainment and the California Economy
The economy is recovering from a steep recession, though California lags behind the rest of the United States. Home entertainment spending held up comparatively well during the recession, with some notable exceptions. What will the recovery mean for California’s entertainment industry?
Dr. Nancy Sidhu, Chief Economist, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation


12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
NETWORKING LUNCHEON



1:30 – 2 p.m.
Tracking the Trends Influencing Gen Y
Consumers under 30 years of age buy more than half of all movie tickets, watch almost 30% more TV than the national average and account for 40% of total income generated on all recorded music. More than 80% of them play video games. As such voracious consumers of entertainment and media, our understanding of their behaviors, attitudes and preferences is key to engaging this increasingly elusive audience that’s been raised on the internet and social networking. This presentation offers an overview of findings from The Intelligence Group’s most recent “Cassandra Report,” which has been the leading on-going syndicated study of young consumers for more than 15 years.
Introduction: Akin Ceylan, Executive Vice President, Supply Chain and Operations, Lionsgate
Joseph Kessler, Chief Executive Officer, The Intelligence Group – a division of CAA


2 – 2:30 p.m.
The Future of Production Management: Avatar – A Case Study
Avatar’s digital production involved massive amounts of data – from performance captures, virtual takes, and computer generated artwork. Before filming began, James Cameron and his team knew that without a way to capture the data, store it, track it through the workflow process, and secure it, they wouldn’t be able to make the movie. This session explains how the production managed almost a petabyte worth of data using a Digital Asset Management system they built with Microsoft, called Gaia.
Nadine Kano, Senior Director, Product Group Strategic Initiatives, Microsoft


2:30 – 2:45 p.m.
NETWORKING BREAK



2:45 – 3:30 p.m.
Cloud Computing and Hollywood
With many definitions, the “cloud” is a hot topic when discussing the future of Hollywood, home entertainment and the studios’ relationships with their customers. How will the cloud be utilized to provide a seamless digital home entertainment experience, further digital transactions and engage the consumer with a trusted interface to library their purchased content? How will roles across the entertainment value chain evolve, and who will shape the consumer experience?
Moderator: Tom Moran, Senior Director, Media and Entertainment, Savvis

Panelists:
Brad Auerbach, Vice President, Strategic Business Development, Hewlett-Packard
Sean Besser, Vice President, Business Development, Rovi
Kit Knox, Vice President, Media Engineering, Akamai
Dr. Werner Vogels, Chief Technology Officer, Amazon Web Services


3:30 – 3:45 p.m.
Automating the Digital Supply Chain
Audience-driven demand, proliferating formats, and fast-moving global markets are opening huge new opportunities in home entertainment — but to capitalize, we have to move beyond the systems and processes we’ve relied on in the past. This presentation establishes the need for an all-new digital supply chain to bring the entertainment industry to new levels of speed, efficiency, and profitability—and offers a glimpse of the revolutionary solutions soon to come.
Michael Frey, President, Sony DADC Americas


3:45 – 4 p.m.
NETWORKING BREAK



4 – 4:15 p.m.
Third Annual Home Entertainment Green Scorecard
The annual update on the industry’s progress in going green and what new developments are on the way to advance the sustainable objectives for home entertainment.
Larry Wilk, Vice President, Worldwide Operations, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment and DEG Green Ambassador


4:15 – 4:30 p.m.
The Sustainability Consortium: An Update from the Field
The Sustainability Consortium is a research organization developing standards for the measurement and reporting of consumer product sustainability across all retail product categories. This presentation will discuss thier progress with the food, home & personal care, and electronics sectors, as well as discuss how media manufacturers and retailers could participate.
Dr. Kevin Dooley, Senior Advisor, The Sustainability Consortium and Professor of Supply Chain Management, Arizona State University


4:30 – 4:45 p.m.
Is Digital Really Green?
While digital delivery is eliminating many of the hard costs and the eco-implications of transporting physical media from manufacturing to retail and into the home, what is the true environmental impact of digital distribution of home entertainment?  Massive server farms and storage devices leave their carbon footprint.  What’s the real difference between physical and digital when it comes to green?
Alison Casey, Head of Global Content, Futuresource


4:45 – 5:30 p.m.
Four Clicks to a Pirated Flick
The move to digital puts new demands on the content protection policies of the studios. From the extended development and distribution supply chain through the proliferation of digital access options for consumers, the stakes have grown for efforts to costly breeches in security. What are the emerging technologies and methods used to monitor and/or prevent piracy, including fingerprinting and watermarking.
Chris Carey, Executive Vice President Worldwide Technical Operations, Paramount

-END OF CONFERENCE-

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