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About The DEG

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

Mission

The DEG advocates and promotes entertainment platforms, products and distribution channels which support the movie, television, music, consumer electronics and IT industries.

History

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 2015-16)

DEG Board of Directors (Fiscal Year 2015-16)

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, Worldwide Digital Distribution & Home Entertainment
HBO

Secretary
Mike Fasulo
President & Chief Operating Officer
Sony Electronics

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Matt Strauss
Executive Vice President & General Manager, Video Services
Comcast Cable

Phil Goswitz
Senior Vice President, Video, Space & Communications
DirecTV

Jonathan Zepp
Director of Entertainment, Content Partnerships
Google

Tom McDonough
General Manager of Intel Digital Media Services
Intel

Tim Alessi
Director New Product Development
LG Electronics USA

Ron Schwartz
President
Lionsgate

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

Bob Buchi
President Worldwide
Paramount Home Media Distribution

Marty Gordon
Vice President
Philips Electronics

Steve Panosian (Interim)
Director of Product Planning, Home Entertainment Products
Samsung Electronics

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

Man Jit Singh
President, Worldwide
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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

Eddie Cunningham
President, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Universal Pictures

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

Howie Singer
Senior Vice President & Chief Strategic Technologist
Warner Music Group

Staff

1K Admin

Amy Jo Smith

President

Favorite Movie: Breakfast at Tiffany's

Marc Finer

Senior Director

Favorite Movie: The Graduate

412-765-3535

finer@degonline.org

John Powers

Executive Director

Favorite Movie: The Godfather

Joanna Sulakhyan

Manager

Favorite Movie: Garden State

Shannon Gregory

Executive Assistant

Favorite Movie: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

424-248-3809

shannon@degonline.org

Kristin McQueen

General Counsel

Favorite Movie: Chariots of Fire

Alex McKenna

Communications Coordinator

Favorite Movie: Good Will Hunting

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