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Cinesite's Steve Gustafson to Speak at 16th Annual Studio Day

(September 26, 2001)
Steve Gustafson, executive creative director of the Cinesite DVD division, will be a panel member at the 16th Annual Studio Day on September 29 at Dave's Video in Studio City. The panel will discuss their efforts to bring movies to DVD and the challenges of producing for the format. Attendees will also get a sneak preview of some of the titles in production for 2002.

DVD Producers 2001: REDUX will begin at 1 p.m. and will be hosted by Bill Hunt, editor of The Digital Bits

Gustafson worked on DVD projects at Complete Post, Inc. prior to joining Cinesite where he oversees pre-mastering services.
"The growing DVD marketplace represents an important potential source of revenue for content owners," says Gustafson, who has produced DVDs for The Haunting, Antz, Amistad, The Prince of Egypt, Saving Private Ryan and The Beyond, among others. "Consumers have mandated the success of the DVD
format, with over 20 million players sold in the United States to date. DVD has firmly taken root and will continue to grow as the technology and quality of the product advances."

Other panelists include: David Prior (independent producer), Charles de Lauzirika (independent and Scott Free), J.M. Kenny (New Wave Entertainment), Alita Holly (Organa West), Van Ling (Banned from the Ranch), Perry Martin (Anchor Bay Entertainment), Jeffrey Schwartz (Automat Pictures), Jeff Kurtti
(Pellerin and Kurtti) and David Naylor (David Naylor Productions).
The daylong event begins at 10 a.m. with studio representatives on hand for questions, comments and criticism. Studios expected to attend include Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., Trimark, MGM, Pioneer Electronics, Sony, Disney, THX and Image Entertainment, depending on availability.

"This is an opportunity for the studios to get feedback from the consumers that buy DVD products," says Hunt. "Consumers can discuss what features they like or don't like on DVDs. It's also an exciting chance to see a preview of upcoming titles being offered by the studios next year."

On September 28, John Landis and Rick Baker (An American Werewolf in London) will be on hand for DVD signings from 7-9 p.m.

Dave's Video is located at 12144 Ventura Boulevard. For more details, call 818-760-3472.

For more information, visit the Cinesite website at

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