DEG’s Current Objectives
- Provide a bridge from content providers to device makers and help drive sales of DEG member products and services
- Support marketing initiatives to increase awareness and encourage ownership of home entertainment products including 4K Ultra HD, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray Disc and DigitalHD
- Expand education for members on emerging trends to prepare for further industry growth
- Create and implement standards and best practices in the digital supply chain to improve efficiency
The DEG advocates and promotes entertainment platforms, products and distribution channels which support the movie, television, music, consumer electronics and IT industries.
On June 28, 1997, when the public was introduced to the idea of owning DVDs, the DVD Video Group was formed to educate and promote this new form of home entertainment. Since then, home entertainment formats have evolved — from HDTV to 3D to 4K Ultra HD TV; DVD to Blu-ray Disc to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc; digital copy to digital download to Digital HD.
The DVD Video Group continued to evolve and was 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 the industry grow DVD beyond early adopters into the mass market. Every major studio and consumer electronics company was now on board and DVD became the fastest-growing consumer electronics product of all time.
On Aug. 1, 2003, the DVD Entertainment Group again saw change coming. Recognizing the industry’s future would involve to a broad array of digital delivery platforms and services, the group changed its name to DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.
DEG Board of Directors (Fiscal Year 2016-17)
DEG BOARD OF DIRECTORS
OFFICERS OF THE BOARD (Fiscal Years 2016-18)
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Executive Vice President & General Manager, Video Services
Chief Financial Officer
Executive Vice President, Worldwide Digital Distribution & Home Entertainment
President and Chief Operating Officer
Warner Bros. Worldwide Home Entertainment Distribution
BOARD MEMBERS (Fiscal Year 2016-2017)
Vice President, Worldwide Content Relations
Head of North American Content Partnerships, YouTube & Google Play Movies
General Manager, Senior Executive Director, Global Content Policy, Standards and Content Protection Services
Director, New Product Development
LG Electronics USA
President, Home Entertainment
General Manager, Business Development, Media & Entertainment Group
Paramount Home Media Distribution
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Alliances
Vice President, Product Marketing for Digital Video and Audio Products
Executive Vice President, U.S. Sales & Distribution
Sony Music Entertainment
Vice President, Technology & Production
Universal Music Group – Digital Strategy
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Executive Vice President, Pay Television and Digital
Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution
Senior Vice President & Chief Strategic Technologist
Warner Music Group
Favorite Movie: The Graduate
Favorite Movie: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Favorite Movie: Chariots of Fire
Favorite Movie: Good Will Hunting
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.
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.
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.