SOURCE: Entertainment Merchants Association

July 16, 2007 11:30 ET

Entertainment Retailers Look to the Future at EMA's Home Media Expo 2007

Confab Mixes Discussions of Consumer Preferences and New Technologies, Presentations by Leading Entertainment Suppliers, and Appearances by Celebrities

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - July 16, 2007) - This year's convention for the home entertainment industry, EMA's Home Media Expo, 2007, taking place today through Thursday at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, promises to highlight the significant changes and growth taking place in the home media industry while providing plenty of opportunities for attendees to meet celebrities from the motion picture, television, and recording industries. In addition, approximately 130 exhibitors will be presenting their newest DVDs and other entertainment products and services. EMA's Home Media Expo is the annual convention of the Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA).

The educational sessions of the Expo will feature consumers discussing their preferences in entertainment and discussions of new delivery technologies and the future of entertainment retailing.

The opening day of the show will be capped by the Home Entertainment Awards show, where EMA will announce the winners of its annual Home Entertainment Awards for outstanding home entertainment products. In addition, at the awards show Ernest Borgnine will be honored for "Sustained Creative Achievement," Jon Favreau will be given the "Independent Career Achievement Award," Katt Williams will be named "Rising Entertainer of the Year," and FunnyorDie.com will be tapped as "Creative Website of the Year." The show is to be hosted by popular entertainment reporter and game show host Todd Newton. Following the awards ceremony, the night will conclude with glitz and glamour at the "Under the Starz" gala at the Palm's Moon Nightclub.

Throughout the Expo, various celebrities will be greeting attendees and promoting their upcoming DVD releases.

"Entertainment retailers recognize that technology is rapidly changing the nature of entertainment and the way consumers access it," noted Bo Andersen, President of EMA. "I'm pleased to say that most retailers are embracing these changes and looking to the future. EMA's Home Media Expo is designed to assist retailers in adjusting their businesses to the realities of today's entertainment marketplace."

EMA's Home Media Expo, sponsored by EMA and produced by Home Entertainment Events. The event is open to trade and press only. Individuals interested in attending can register at www.homemediaexpo.com.

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