DVD org re-elects board

Group moves to include wider scope of companies

DVD promotion org Digital Entertainment Group has re-elected most of its board of directors — or at least the companies they repped — and added three new members: GoodTimes Entertainment, Hewlett Packard and Hitachi.

Hewlett Packard is the first IT company to join the DEG roster of 35 studios and tech companies. Its addition marks the broadening of the group’s mission under Buena Vista Home Entertainment president Bob Chapek to become more business-focused and encompass a wider scope of member companies.

Group was formed in 1997 as a publicity and promotional entity consisting of studios and consumer electronics companies pushing the then new format of DVD.

Chapek, who was initially voted in as president in mid-term more than a year ago, has been re-elected as president for a second full term. DEG’s by-laws currently restrict board presidents to no more than two full terms. Also re-elected are DreamWorks Home Entertainment’s Sandy Friedman as chief financial officer and New Line Home Entertainment president and chief operating officer Steve Einhorn as secretary.

Sony Electronics senior VP of home products Mike Fidler was elected vice president. He succeeds his Sony counterpart Joe Stinziano, who had held the position previously.

Emiel Petrone, exec VP, Philips Corporate Alliance Group, remains chairman, a position he’s held since the group was formed.

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