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About The DEG

DEG’s Current Objectives

  • Provide a bridge from content providers and device makers to help evolve distribution of content through education and marketing
  • Support marketing efforts for the home entertainment category, including ownership of physical and digital content – specifically Blu-ray Disc, Digital/Digital HD and UltraViolet
  • Explore opportunities with Ultra HD 4K
  • Follow progress of next-generation Blu-ray Disc
  • Continue work on creation and implementation of standards in the digital supply chain
  • Expand education practices for members on emerging trends to encourage a greater understanding of in-market products

To find out the latest statistics on consumer spending for the home entertainment category, go to our industry data and resources.

To connect with other DEG members and their companies, join the conversation in the DEG Directory.

To learn more about the many choices for delivery of entertainment, explore the distribution methods we support here.

To get more involved in the projects of the DEG’s working Committees, explore their many initiatives in the Committees

Mission

DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group is an industry association that advocates and promotes entertainment platforms, products and distribution channels on behalf of the motion picture, music, consumer electronics and technologies companies.

History

On June 28, 1997, when the public was introduced to the idea of owning DVDs, the DVD Video Group was formed to promote DVDs. The group’s name has changed a few times, and so have home entertainment formats — from DVD to Blu-ray Disc, electronic delivery and 3D.

In early 2000 the DVD Video Group re-chartered as the DVD Entertainment Group, a move intended to encompass DVD-Audio and DVD-ROM. The DVD Entertainment Group at that point had helped usher in more than 125 DVD player models from 50 different consumer electronics brands.

By 2001 the DVD Entertainment Group had helped DVD out of the early adopter phase and into the mass market. DVD backers had nearly reached their goals of instilling confidence in the industry about the staying power of DVD, publicizing the format and pulling stragglers into the fold.

When the DVD Entertainment Group first formed, barely more than half of the industry had gotten behind DVD. By the start of the 21st century, every major studio and consumer electronics company was on board. In 1998, brick-and-mortar retailers carried DVD titles at a ratio of 20 VHS cassettes for every one DVD. By 2001 that was down to 7-to-1.

Before the formation of the DVD Entertainment Group, consumer awareness of DVD was less than 20 percent. By 2001 it was 90 percent. By 2001 DVD was outpacing CD player sales 3-to-1 and VCR sales 7-to-1. Retailers sold more than 15 million DVD players during the format’s first four years, making it the fastest-growing consumer electronics product of all time.

On Aug. 1, 2003, the DVD Entertainment Group saw change coming. Recognizing the industry’s future would involve a broad array of digital delivery systems, the group changed its name to DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

DEG Board of Directors (Fiscal Year 2014-15)

DEG Board of Directors (Fiscal Year 2014-15)

Officers of the Board

Chair
Ron Sanders
President
Warner Bros. Worldwide Home Entertainment Distribution

Vice Chair
Mike Dunn
President
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Chief Financial Officer
Sofia Chang
Executive Vice President & General Manager
HBO Home Entertainment 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Bill Clark
President
Anchor Bay Entertainment

Tom McDonough
General Manager of Intel Digital Media Services
Intel

Ron Schwartz
President & General Manager, Sales & Distribution, Home Entertainment
Lionsgate

Tim Alessi
Director New Product Development
LG Electronics USA

Martin Sacchi
General Manager, Business Development, Media & Entertainment Group
Microsoft

Gene Kelsey
Vice President Adventure, Entertainment & Imaging
Panasonic

Dennis Maguire
President, Worldwide Home Media Distribution
Paramount Home Media Distribution

Marty Gordon
Vice President
Philips Electronics

Eric Anderson
Vice President, Content Strategies
Samsung Electronics

Mike Fasulo
President & Chief Operating Officer
Sony Electronics

Darren Stupak
Executive Vice President US Sales & Distribution
Sony Music Entertainment

Man Jit Singh
President, Worldwide
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Ron Smith
Vice President Marketing, Digital Products Division
Toshiba America Information Systems

Jim Belcher
Vice President Technology & Production Global Digital Business
Universal Music Group

Eddie Cunningham
President, Universal Pictures Worldwide Home Entertainment
Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Dan Cohen
Executive Vice President, Pay TV & Digital Sales
Walt Disney Studios

Staff

Amy Jo Smith

President

Favorite Movie: Breakfast at Tiffany's

Robert Rose

General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Favorite movie: The Wizard of Oz (original)

424-248-3809

rose@degonline.org

Marc Finer

Senior Director

412-765-3535

finer@degonline.org

Joanna Sulakhyan

Manager

Favorite Movie: Garden State

Meegan Andes

Office Manager

Favorite Movie: Princess Bride – “As you wish…”

424-248-3809

meegan@degonline.org

John Powers

Consultant

Favorite Movie: The Godfather

Global DEG

In addition to the DEG U.S. association, the group has two sister organizations, the DEG Europe and DEG Japan, who each help maintain open communication and consistent worldwide messaging.

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DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group Europe is a non-profit, independent body that represents the interests of stakeholders across the home entertainment industry. Platform-independent, the DEG Europe promotes awareness and adoption of Blu-ray Disc, DVD and digital delivery. The DEG Europe offers a forum for member companies to engage in discussions concerning various issues and opportunities which relate to new digital technologies that may emerge in the future. The group also shares sales figures, industry trends and collateral materials that can be used to educate users about enhancing the entertainment experience at home and on the go.

For more information about the DEG Europe, go to www.degeurope.com
Email: DEGEpr@webershandwick.com
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7067 0500
For press inquiries, please Email: DEGEpr@webershandwick.com

DEG JAPAN

DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group Japan, is a Tokyo-based nonprofit corporation that is comprised of Japan-based video hardware manufacturers and video software companies. DEG Japan was founded in June 2008, with the aim of further accelerating the growth of both the content and hardware digital entertainment businesses in Japan.

For more information about DEG Japan, go to www.deg-japan.jp
For press inquiries, please Email the DEG Japan Communication Office: deg@prap.co.jp