Eric Anderson to DEG board

Cohen to Digital Entertainment Group panel

Home entertainment org the Digital Entertainment Group has added Samsung Electronics’ Eric Anderson to its board of directors and Sony Music Entertainment’s Leslie Cohen as a sixth member of the nonprofit’s steering committee.

Board will serve for the coming fiscal year that runs from Aug. 1-July 31, 2012.

It consists of Henry McGee, prexy of HBO home entertainment; Tim Alessi, director of product development for LG Electronics; Steve Beeks, president and co-chief operating officer of Lionsgate; Blair Westlake, corporate VP, media and entertainment group, Microsoft; Dennis Maguire, home entertainment prexy of Paramount Home Entertainment; Marty Gordon, VP at Philips Electronics; Andy Parsons, senior VP of corporate communications and new product planning for Pioneer Electronics; Eric Anderson, VP, content strategies at Samsung Electronics; Chris Fawcett, VP, TV business unit, home division, Sony Electronics; Stephen Nickerson, home entertainment prexy of Summit Entertainment; Ron Smith, VP of marketing of the digital products division, Toshiba America Information Systems; Jim Belcher, VP of advance technology and production, Universal Music Group; and Lori MacPherson, exec VP and general manager of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

The steering committee is made up of Warner Home Video chief Ron Sanders as prexy; Leslie Cohen, senior VP of new products and services for Sony Music Entertainment, as VP; David Bishop, prexy of worldwide home entertainment for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, as VP; Universal Studios Home Entertainment prexy Craig Kornblau, as VP; Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment prexy Mike Dunn, as secretary; and Panasonic’s chief technology officer Eisuke Tsuyuzaki, as CFO.

The five previous members of the DEG steering committee are halfway through their two-year term and oversee DEG’s agenda, which includes supporting new homevid platforms, including Blu-ray; connected devices; digital delivery; and 3D in homes.”We are excited to enter the DEG’s 15th year with the strength of the new steering committee and board of directors behind us,” said DEG exec director Amy Jo Smith. “We are looking forward to undertaking our full agenda of ongoing initiatives with their support.”

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