ENCINO, CA (April 10, 2017) … Bill Sondheim, President of Cinedigm Entertainment, will co-chair the 2017 Los Angeles Entertainment Summit (LAES), the Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) announced today. Sondheim will serve alongside co-chairs Mark Fisher, President & CEO of EMA, and Mark Horak, founder of LAES.
Sondheim is a veteran home entertainment executive, having gotten his start in the industry in 1983. He has been President of Cinedigm since its acquisition of Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment in 2013; Sondheim served as President of Giaim from 2007 until its purchase by Cinedigm. He previously held executive positions at Sony BMG Music Entertainment, GoodTimes Entertainment, and PolyGram Video.
“Bill Sondheim is a true industry leader, one who is admired and looked up to by his colleagues,” noted Mark Fisher, President & CEO of EMA. “He understands the importance of LAES as a forum for the industry to come together and do business, and we look forward to having him help guide this year’s event.”
The 2017 Los Angeles Entertainment Summit will be held at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles from July 17-19.
LAES, now in its sixth year, is the premiere forum for movie and TV distributors, video game publishers, retailers, distributors, and other ancillary companies and service providers to engage in business conversations, information sharing, relationship building, and socializing.
The 2017 LAES will consist of two days of business-to-business meetings between home entertainment and video game content providers and retailers. In addition, the Summit will include the Knowledge Exchange and the new Marketplace, which provide valuable industry insights and home entertainment product demonstrations. And as always, LAES will feature plenty of networking opportunities at the Golf Tournament, the Opening Night Cocktail Reception, and the popular Tuesday night Industry Celebration at the trendy NeueHouse Hollywood – located in the landmarked 1938 CBS Radio Building on Sunset Boulevard.
Last year, more than 1,000 industry leaders from over 100 companies participated in the event, and many of them have already committed to participate in the 2017 Summit.
For more information, sponsorship opportunities and the event schedule, please visit the LAES website.
The 2017 Summit will again benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The Los Angeles Entertainment Summit is produced by the Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA).
The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) is the not-for-profit international trade association dedicated to advancing the interests of the $35 billion home entertainment industry. EMA-member companies operate approximately 35,000 retail outlets in the U.S. and 45,000 around the world that sell and/or rent DVDs, computer and console video games, and digitally distributed versions of these products. Membership comprises the full spectrum of retailers (from single-store specialists to multi-line mass merchants, and both brick and mortar and online stores), distributors, the home video divisions of major and independent motion picture studios, video game publishers, and other related businesses that constitute and support the home entertainment industry. EMA was established in April 2006 through the merger of the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) and the Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association (IEMA).
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