The session, ‘Supply Chain Execution in the Product Life Cycle of DVD’, will focus on the interfaces between content holders, replicators, distributors and retailers, and each of the panelists will discuss their operational strategies for improved collaboration among their partners. The spotlighted session will be held on the second morning of the conference.
The panelists include the following esteemed home video executives:
• Aodan Coburn, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Operations, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
• Myra Eskes, Vice President, Business Operations, NBC Universal London
• Edwin van der Meerendonk, Vice President, European Operations, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
• John P. Quinn, Executive Vice-President, Worldwide Supply Chain Management & Service Management Mega Process Owner, Warner Home Video
The event builds upon the success of ESCA's second annual conference in Los Angeles last June, while it also focuses firmly on the European marketplace and the challenges it faces. This panel exemplifies the high-level of attendance that is anticipated at the event, bringing together senior European executives from the home video, games and music industry, along with key specialists from the supply chain sector.
Conference Chairman Devendra Mishra explains: “'Our studio panel demonstrates the level of support that ESCA continues to receive from the highest executive offices within the content community. As we have already accomplished in Hollywood, ESCA - Europe will enhance the interfaces between content holders, replicators, distributors and retailers, and will ensure improved collaboration for the betterment of all partners."
ESCA - Europe is presented in cooperation with DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, and is co-produced and organised by Understanding & Solutions and Martin Porter & Associates.
Other sessions to be covered will include:
• Studio, replicator, distributor and retailer perspectives
• Market outlook for the home entertainment business in Europe
• Learning from experiences of the video games and music supply chains
• Information technology solutions
• Packaging and security issues
• Successful deployment of RFID
• Scan Based Trading and Vendor Managed Inventory
• Sales planning and collaborative forecasting
• Optimisation of transportation management
Notes: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group is the association that worked on behalf of the industry to launch the DVD format and now promotes the many benefits associated with DVD and other forms of digital entertainment. As an industry-funded, non-profit organisation, the DEG also offers a forum for member companies to engage in ongoing discussions and provide external communications which relate to new digital technologies that may emerge in the future.
Conference Chairman Devendra Mishra has been a senior executive at such companies as RCA-Ariola Records, LIVE Entertainment, VCL-Carolco, Lieberman Enterprises and Technicolor, Strawberries Records and Tapes and International Multifoods, etc. At RCA Records, he implemented the revolutionary Hits and Catalog distribution, which became the hallmark of the industry. As president of worldwide new media and distribution services at Technicolor, Mishra developed and launched Technicolor Entertainment Services and also engineered and put into production its first optical media manufacturing facility.
Understanding & Solutions is a specialist information and consulting company focusing on global developments in entertainment media, consumer electronics, broadcasting, digital imaging and storage media markets. It was founded 20 years ago and employs more than 60 specialist researchers and business analysts with substantial industry knowledge and experience. It is a leader in the research and analysis of physical and digital content distribution, and its forward looking business assessment is a key input to many of the global players in this industry.
Martin Porter is the former Senior Vice President/Publishing Director of CMP Information, where he directed 25 print, online and event properties in the audio, video, broadcast, systems and media market.