Video Business 28th Video Hall of Fame Gala Event 12/8/08

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Video Hall of Fame honors McGee, Sanders, DEG
By Danny King - Video Business 12/9/08

Beverly Hills, CA - HBO Home Entertainment president Henry McGee, Warner Home Video president Ron Sanders and DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group were honored for their contributions to the home entertainment industry last night by being inducted into the Video Business Video Hall of Fame. The 28th Video Hall of Fame gala event was held at the Beverly Hills Hotel here, benefiting Variety - The Children's Charity. McGee, who was introduced by The Sopranos star Lorraine Bracco, was honored for his nearly three-decade career with the Time Warner premium cable channel division, where he has headed home entertainment operations since 1995. In his speech, McGee was quick to deflect praise to other executives at HBO while encouraging charitable giving during the holiday season. He asked attendees to "remember the neediest and generously support our not-for-profit organizations, who are trying to do so much with so little." In Sanders' introduction speech, British actor Malcolm McDowell noted "they couldn't find a U.S. citizen to speak on his behalf," He chided Sanders for his Alabama upbringing, dietary habits and prior career in toothpaste marketing. Sanders was celebrated in a video reel that spliced clips of such films as The Departed and 300 with congratulatory messages from Clint Eastwood, Joel Silver and Best Buy CEO Brad Anderson. Sanders, who joined Warner in 1991, leads a home entertainment division whose inventory includes about 5,500 DVD titles and whose 20% share of the U.S. market through the third quarter makes it the largest U.S. home entertainment producer, according to data compiled by Video Business and Rentrak.
    Started in 1981, the Video Business Video Hall of Fame this year contributed all dinner proceeds to Variety - The Children's Charity of Southern California. Since its inception, the Video Hall of Fame has raised more than $3 million for Variety - The Children's Charity. Despite a spending pullback affecting much of the industry, last night's event attracted almost 400 attendees, about the same as last year, signaling continued strength in the home entertainment industry.

Video Business Hall of Fame adds DVD champions
By Marcy Magiera 9/1908

HBO Video president Henry McGee, Warner Home Video president Ron Sanders and The Digital Entertainment Group will be recognized for their contributions to the growth, creative development and sustainability of the global home entertainment business when they are inducted into the Video Business Video Hall of Fame on Dec. 8 in Beverly Hills, CA. The two executives and DEG will be recognized together at VBís 28th annual fundraising gala, to be held for the second year at the Beverly Hills Hotel. To date, the Video Hall of Fame benefit has raised more than $3 million for Variety - The Childrenís Charity. McGee has served as president of HBO Video since 1995, a tenure unmatched by any other current president of a DVD division at a major media company. Under his direction, HBO Video is recognized as a pioneer in the profitable TV on DVD business, using packaged media to expand the audiences of such critically acclaimed series as The Sopranos and Sex and the City. The first season of The Sopranos has brought in more than $100 million in DVD sales, while HBO miniseries Band of Brothers has surpassed $200 million. The Time Warner division also has been an innovator in the use of the Internet for home entertainment marketing and has expanded globally under McGee. As WHVís worldwide president since 2005, Sanders oversees all aspects of the studioís current $5 billion global home entertainment business and its strategic development, including building the market for the studioís films on Blu-ray Disc. WHV under Sanders played a key role in ending the high-def format war when it threw its support solely behind Blu-ray early this year. WHVís sales of catalog, TV DVD, new releases and distributed lines combined have made the studio No. 1 in U.S. home entertainment market share, with near 20% of consumer spending on rentals and sales every year Sanders has been at the helm. Before becoming president of WHV, Sanders helped build the studioís DVD revenue as an executive overseeing the studioís home entertainment businesses in the U.S. and in several territories internationally. The work of DEG in bringing together hardware and software marketers in one effort to advance the DVD format was unprecedented and played a key role in helping make DVD the fastest adopted consumer electronics product ever. With an expanded focus, DEG is now helping its members educate consumers about the groundbreaking benefits of Blu-ray Discs, and has grown into the premier forum for industry discussion on issues such as emerging digital technologies and environmental responsibility. The DEG award will be accepted by Amy Jo Smith, the groupís executive director. Individual tickets for this yearís gala dinner are $495 or $4,950 for a table of 10. Contact Jessica Ichien at 323.965.4453 or for reservations.


Full group photo with Malcolm
Small group photo with Malcolm

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