Rewind: Home Video Industry Reunion

Veterans of the home video industry, many of whom began their careers back when home entertainment revolved around the VHS rental cassette, gathered at the Valley Inn Steakhouse and Bar in Sherman Oaks, Calif. on the evening of Sept. 12, 2023 for a reunion. The event attracted nearly 100 people, including former WEA chairman and CEO Dave Mount; Marty Jorgensen of Video Products Distributors (VPD); Mitch Perliss of The Wherehouse; Eric Doctorow, the former president of Paramount Home Video; and David Bishop, who served as president of MGM Home Video and, later, what is now Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The reunion, and two prior ones, were organized by Jodie Francisco, now a Sherman Oaks realtor whose own home video industry career ran the gamut from distributor (Metro Video) to studio rep. (Media Play News staff photos)

Celebrating the Media Play News 40 Under 40, Class of 2023

For the third year, Media Play News partnered with DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group to celebrate this year’s 40 Under 40 with a cocktail party at the Skirball Cultural Center’s Garden Terrace in Los Angeles on Sept. 7. More than 100 guests attended the event, which included congratulatory remarks from MPN publisher Thomas K. Arnold, DEG president and CEO Amy Jo Smith and Lionsgate’s Adam Frank, recently promoted to EVP of global partner management, sales and distribution. (All photos by Media Play News staff.)

OTT.X Summit 2023: Streaming in the FAST Lane

Streaming trade association OTT.X held its annual Summit at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles Aug. 30 and 31, preceded by a VIP speaker cocktail party the night before the event. The summit featured two days of conference programming, multiple workshop and breakout tracks, research insights, exhibitor booths and tabletops, one-on-one pre-scheduled business meetings, networking breakfasts, lunches, and industry cocktail parties. Speakers at the event, which attracted more than 600 participants, discussed topics such as monetizing FAST channels, search and discovery, windowing content across various platforms and business models, globalization of content, metadata, and rights management. (All photos by Media Play News staff.)

EnTech Fest 2023

DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group held its second annual EnTech Fest at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on March 29. The one-day event included exhibits, an expanded conference program and the digital entertainment trade association’s annual reception.  (All photos by Media Play News staff)

Opening Shots From CES 2023

CES 2023 opened Jan. 5 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on a rainy Thursday, and it was pretty much business as usual for the show, which due to COVID-19 was held virtually in 2021 and in a scaled-back fashion last year. Here are some shots from the pre-show Pepcom media preview party and from day one of the show. (Media Play News staff photos)

40 Most Important People in Streaming Luncheon

To celebrate the publication of “The 40 Most Important People in Streaming” in the November 2022 issue of Media Play News, we partnered with OTT.X, the streaming trade association, on a luncheon held Dec. 1 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The first-ever event was sold out and will likely grow into a much bigger cocktail party in the coming years! Kudos to honorees Paul Colichman of Here TV, Cameron Douglas of Fandango/Vudu, Danny Fisher of FilmRise, Adam Lewinson of Tubi, Gene Pao of Shout! Factory, Katherine Pond of Vizio, and Stefan Van Engen of Xumo who were on hand for the fun, along with Christy Willingham of Xperi (representing honoree Bill Neighbors), Matt Montemayor of Canela Media (representing honoree Isabel Rafferty Zavala), and Tony Huidor of Cinedigm (representing honoree Erick Opeka). (Media Play News staff photos)

2022 Hedy Lamarr Awards Reception

Blu Digital Group founder and CEO Paulette Pantoja was honored the evening of Nov. 16 as this year’s winner of the sixth annual Hedy Lamarr Award for Innovation in Entertainment Technology. The award, presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, recognizes female executives in the fields of entertainment and technology who have made a significant contribution to the industry. Also feted, with the 2022 Hedy Lamarr Achievement Award for Emerging Leaders in Entertainment Technology, was Danielle Takahashi, an undergraduate student at the University of Southern California who is majoring in Media Arts and Practice in the School of Cinematic Arts. This award is given each year to a female college student whose studies in the fields of entertainment and technology have shown exceptional promise.

DEG TechOps Awards 2022

DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group announced the winners of its second annual TechOps Awards at a ceremony in Los Angeles Oct. 12. The event was the first live awards celebration, following last year’s virtual ceremony, and drew nearly 200 people to the DTS Sound Stage on Wilshire Boulevard’s famed “Miracle Mile.”

Celebrating the 40 Under 40, Class of 2022

Media Play News teamed with DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group to celebrate the 40 Under 40 with a gala cocktail party at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on Aug. 23. Nearly 100 guests attended the event, which included congratulatory remarks from MPN publisher Thomas K. Arnold, DEG president and CEO Amy Jo Smith and Lionsgate worldwide home entertainment president Ron Schwartz. (All photos by Media Play News staff.)

EnTech Fest 2022

DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group this year moved its annual reception from CES in January to the Skirball Center on May 3. The event, which attracted upwards of 600 attendees, kicked off the home entertainment trade association’s EnTech Fest, which showcases new content distribution and display technology. (All photos by Media Play News staff)