31 Mar Amy Jo Smith: Recollections from DVD to DEG [Media Play News]
March 30, 2022 | As the digital entertainment business celebrates 25 years, so does DEG.
DEG was there at the beginning, and I with it, when the DVD Video Group was formed in 1997 with the express purpose of promoting the first digital entertainment format — DVD — in collaboration with content owners and hardware makers.
I have so many fond memories and proud moments. Among the proudest was the formation of DEG Japan, where senior Japanese executives met under the guise of the DEG brand for meaningful dialog and to see what worked in their market. They were so self-guided; it was really inspiring to see. And, more recently, the creation of the Hedy Lamarr Awards to honor women making strides in entertainment and technology, an initiative championed by Marc Finer, who has worked side by side with me at DEG since day one.
I share these thoughts and a few more of my personal touchstones in an effort to focus not so much on the business details as on the business “flavor”. And that flavor is pioneering, revolutionary, one of art pushed forward by technology, and of a team bonded by common goals and shared experience.
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