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Digital Entertainment Group Promotes Amy Jo Smith to President

Smith has been instrumental in growing Hollywood's DVD, Blu-ray and UltraViolet businesses

Amy Jo Smith has been promoted to president of the Digital Entertainment Group, the industry organization overseeing the growth of DVD, Blu-ray and UltraViolet.

Promotion comes as the DEG is kicking off its 17th year and has significantly expanded into helping Hollywood’s homevideo divisions expand onto digital platforms.

Smith has led the DEG, a Los Angeles-based non-profit, since its formation in 1997. She previously served as executive director.

Before joining the DEG, Smith has a communications advisor in the White House during the Bill Clinton administration.

“We are very proud to announce Amy Jo’s much deserved promotion,” said Ron Sanders, president, Warner Bros. Worldwide Home Entertainment Distribution, who now serves as DEG Board Chair. “She has always been the driving force behind the DEG, and we continue to entrust her with leading the industry’s many initiatives now and moving forward.”

In addition to promoting Smith, the DEG has realigned its Steering Committee positions.

Newly chosen vice chairs include: David Bishop, president, Sony Pictures Worldwide Home Entertainment; Craig Kornblau, president, Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Mike Dunn, president, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Steve Beeks, co-chief operating officer and president, Motion Picture Group, Lionsgate remains chief financial officer.

These lead directors are responsible for providing leadership and oversight of the DEG’s agenda, which supports emerging home entertainment platforms and includes members from the studios, electronic manufacturers and retailers.

Robert Rose, DEG’s general counsel, also takes over the responsibility of corporate secretary.

Rounding out the DEG’s Board of Directors for fiscal 2013-14 are:

Bill Sondheim, president, Gaiaim Vivendi Entertainment; Sofia Chang, executive VP and general manager, HBO Home Entertainment; Tom McDonough, general manager of Intel Media Services; Tim Alessi, director, new product development, LG Electronics USA; Blair Westlake, corporate VP, media and entertainment group, Microsoft; Gene Kelsey, director – sales support/training, Panasonic; Dennis Maguire, president, home entertainment worldwide, Paramount Home Media Distribution; Marty Gordon, VP, Philips Electronics; Eric Anderson, VP, content strategies, Samsung Electronics; Mike Lucas, senior VP, home division, Sony Electronics; Darren Stupak, executive VP, U.S. sales, Sony Music Entertainment; Ron Smith, VP, marketing, digital products division, Toshiba America Information Systems; Jim Belcher, VP advanced technology and production, Universal Music Group; and Lori MacPherson, executive VP, global product management, Walt Disney Studios.

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