News Release - June 19, 2012

For Immediate Release:

Los Angeles Entertainment Summit To Bring Together Home Video and Video Game Industries for Unprecedented Business Meetings, Networking, and Social Events

 July 16-18 Event Will Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

 LOS ANGELES, CA (June 19, 2012) … For the first time in history, the home video and video game industries, including both physical and digital media suppliers and retailers, will unite for a single business-to-business event: the Los Angeles Entertainment Summit. The Los Angeles Entertainment Summit, to be held July 16-18, is an invitation-only event that will bring together home entertainment divisions of major studios for centralized, one-on-one meetings where participating companies will discuss current trends, new initiatives, and upcoming product plans for both physical and digital products. This unprecedented event is being presented by Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA), and proceeds from the Los Angeles Entertainment Summit will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

 “Bringing together the motion picture studios, leading video game publishers, and key physical and digital retailers and distributors of both home video and video games for one industry conference makes this event truly unique,” noted Bo Andersen, President and CEO of EMA. “Many content producers and retailers participate in both the physical and digital channels of video and video games, and the Los Angeles Entertainment Summit is the one event that provides them with the business-to-business meetings and networking for all these product categories.”

The Summit will include two days of pre-scheduled meetings at the new W Hotel in Hollywood. This centralized approach creates a much more efficient way for suppliers and retailers to come together, not only to discuss their individual business arrangements, but to also have an opportunity to talk in-depth about the issues and obstacles affecting their respective businesses, as well as share perspectives on the industry as a whole.

“The next few years are pivotal in regaining the growth rates for the creative and popular products produced by movie studios and game publishers,” Andersen said. “The structured meeting format of the Summit and the participation of everyone important to such growth at retail makes this event exceedingly important.”

But it’s not all work for attendees. There will also be opportunities to spend time together in a more relaxed, informal environment. The social events will begin with a golf tournament on Monday, July 16 at the historic Lakeside Golf Club in Burbank followed by a poker tournament the evening of July 17 on the Warner Bros. lot, where poker-loving celebrities are scheduled to join in the fun. Live and silent auctions and tournament contests will also be part of these events to help raise funds for the CF Foundation.

“We are exceedingly grateful to Mark Horak, President, Warner Home Video, The Americas, who conceived and organized this event, the team at Warner Bros. who are helping with the various events, the EMA staff, and all the participating companies,” said Judy Ranan, Los Angeles Executive Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. “It is wonderful to witness the home entertainment industry come together in such a bold and cohesive way to support CFF’s efforts.”

At press time, participating companies include Activision/Blizzard, Alliance Entertainment, Amazon, Anderson Merchandisers, Best Buy, Blockbuster, COKeM, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, Disney Interactive, DreamWorks Home Entertainment, GameStop, Google, HBO, Ingram, Lionsgate, Netflix, Paramount Home Entertainment, Redbox, Rentrak, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Target, Toys “R” Us, Trans World Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Ubisoft, Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Walmart, and Warner Home Entertainment.

Additional sponsors include 1K Studios, AEG, BLT Communications, DTS, Elite Packaging by Cartamundi, Media Control GfK International, Microsoft,  mOcean, The Nielsen Company, Origin LLC, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Reaction Marketing & Promotions, Trailer Park, Viacom, Vertical Marketing, Yahoo!, and zakHill Group, LLC.

Anyone interested in participating in the Summit and sponsorship opportunities should contact Carrie Dieterich of EMA at 818-385-1500 x221 or cdieterich@entmerch.org. Those interested in providing auction item donations should contact Chris Mendoza at Cystic Fibrosis Foundation/Los Angeles: 323-939-0758 or cmendoza@cff.org.

 

About EMA

The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) is the not-for-profit international trade association dedicated to advancing the interests of the $34 billion home entertainment industry. EMA-member companies operate approximately 40,000 retail outlets in the U.S. and 50,000 around the world that sell and/or rent DVDs, computer and console video games, and digitally distributed versions of these products. Membership comprises the full spectrum of retailers (from single-store specialists to multi-line mass merchants, and both brick and mortar and online stores), distributors, the home video divisions of major and independent motion picture studios, video game publishers, and other related businesses that constitute and support the home entertainment industry. EMA was established in April 2006 through the merger of the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) and the Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association (IEMA).

 

About the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. The Foundation funds more CF research than any other organization, and nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of Foundation support. Based in Bethesda, Md., the Foundation also supports and accredits a national care center network that has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a model of care for a chronic disease. The CF Foundation is a donor-supported nonprofit organization. For more information, go to www.cff.org.

 

For more information, please contact:

Sean Bersell
EMA
818-531-4362 or sbersell@entmerch.org

 

Judy Ranan
Executive Director, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation/LA
323-939-0758 or jranan@cff.org

 

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