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Home Media Retailing Presents Second Annual Latino Home Entertainment Conference


SANTA ANA, CA -- January 18, 2005 -- As Latinos continue to grow in both numbers and economic clout, Home Media Retailing magazine (formerly Video Store Magazine) for the second consecutive year will present an exclusive one-day conference on the Spanish-speaking home entertainment market.

DVD En Espanol 2: The Second Annual Latino Home Entertainment Conference, produced in cooperation with DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and The Hollywood Reporter, will be held Tuesday, April 5, 2005, at the Wyndham Bel Age Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif.

The event will examine critical issues and trends in this booming market, with three panel discussions, a retailer workshop, a product showcase luncheon and a special celebrity guest speaker.

New this year is a DVD En Espanol Awards Ceremony, honoring the best releases and marketing campaigns in the Spanish-language marketplace.

Executive Producer Thomas K. Arnold, Home Media Retailing’s associate publisher, said he expects more than 300 attendees, including top executives with major Hollywood studios; key Spanish-language video suppliers and importers; major retailers; and other industry leaders.

According to The Conference Board, Latino households across the United States are becoming increasingly important to this nation’s economy. Over the next 5 years, the number of Latino households is expected to jump from 10 million to 13.5 million, controlling $670 billion in personal income. This enormous spending power is expected to lead to sharp gains in home entertainment spending, with Latinos consistently outpacing the rest of the population in both entertainment spending and DVD adoption.

“We’re a multicultural nation, and there’s a lot more the entertainment industry can do to reach out to what many see as an underserved market,” Arnold said.

The event is open to the trade only. Advance registrations are $245 for Digital Entertainment Group members and $295 for nonmembers. Readers of The Hollywood Reporter also are entitled to the $245 discounted registration fee. Special press registrations are available to credentialed media by contacting Thomas K. Arnold at

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Charter studio sponsors include Ventura Distribution, Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Lions Gate Entertainment and Ground Zero Entertainment.


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