New York, NY (March 17, 2005)–To help promote and grow the hot new market for music DVDs, Home Media Retailing magazine (formerly Video Store Magazine) will present a one-day business-to-business conference on March 29, 2005, focusing exclusively on the marketing, merchandising, promotion and sale of music DVDs.
The first-ever Music DVD Conference, produced by Home Media Retailing in cooperation with DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) and The Hollywood Reporter, will be held Tuesday, March 29 at the Century Plaza Hotel & Spa in Century City, CA. The event will examine critical issues and trends at a time when music DVD sales are becoming an increasingly important component of the music industry–and a bright light in a market still dealing with flat CD sales and a bruising next-generation format war.
Highlights include an exclusive market research presentation and a retailer panel, in which such top music retailers as Gary Arnold of Best Buy, Kevin Cassidy of Tower Records and Video and John Marmaduke of Hastings Entertainment share their concerns and visions for music DVD’s potential.
Also on tap are the first-ever Music DVD Awards, honoring the best releases and marketing campaigns
Executive producer Thomas K. Arnold, Home Media Retailing‘s associate publisher and group editor, said he expects more than 200 attendees, including top executives with the major record labels and key independent record companies, major music retailers from around the country, key members of the music press and other industry leaders.
According to The DVD Release Report, a record number of nearly 1,300 music DVD titles were released in 2004. The Global Music Forecast pegs 2004 music DVD sales at $2.7 billion, a 26.3 percent uptick from 2003. The report predicts another 17.6 percent increase this year, with annual gains averaging 9.4 percent through 2010, when music DVD sales should hit $4.9 billion.
The DVD Conference is open to the trade only, and advance registrations are $295 for DEG or VSDA members and $345 for nonmembers. Readers of The Hollywood Reporter also are entitled to the $295 discounted registration fee.
For more information, visit the Conference web site www.dvdconferences.com.