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NAB2005 Announces Fourth Annual Digital Cinema Summit

Digital Cinema Summit features studio exec roundtable and international panels (March 18, 2005)

NAB is joining forces again with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and the Entertainment Technology Center at USC (ETC-USC) to present the fourth annual Digital Cinema Summit. The two days of speakers, panels and new product announcements center on the now complete Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI) specifications; the issues faced in implementing them through SMPTE standards; and the impact of digital cinema on entertainment, technology and theatrical exhibition worldwide. The Digital Cinema Summit will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, April 16 and 17, 2005.

Among the Summits highlights will be a roundtable of six Hollywood studio CTOs and executives discussing how digital cinema is changing the way their companies create content and do business. Because the transition to digital cinema is a global effort, panels will look at the cutting edge, digital cinema research in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region and at how digital cinema will be implemented in the theatre circuits worldwide.

The Digital Cinema Summit will present an executive overview of the DCI specification and examine, in depth, the color encoding, security, compression and packaging components of the proposed standard. There will be sessions introducing next generation digital cameras, servers and projectors and examining how this equipment will be integrated into the filmmaking process from production through exhibition.

?The connection between cinema and broadcast is expanding as both industries move into the digital age, said John Marino, NAB Vice President, Science & Technology. ?The issues addressed in this years Digital Cinema Summit are more relevant than ever to NAB attendees.

Added SMPTE President Edward Hobson, ?SMPTEs work to standardize the Digital Cinema specifications will provide the necessary data for manufacturers to build global, interoperable equipment and for users to calibrate it. At the Digital Cinema Summit, we will drill down into four components and explain how our standards address the issues they raise.

?The completion of the DCI specification is a milestone that opens the window for the digital cinema system to flourish, explained Charles Swartz, CEO/executive director, ETC-USC. ?Now is the time to take a look at the spec and analyze how it will impact production, postproduction and the design of the equipment used to create and distribute content.

The Digital Cinema Summit is designed for entertainment technology and entertainment business executives and their employees; people in the creative and technical production and postproduction arenas; and those interested in consumer content and the home viewer. Information about the Digital Cinema Summit is at

About The Society Of Motion Picture And Television Engineers
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), is the leading technical society for the motion imaging industry. SMPTE members are spread throughout 85 countries worldwide. As well, over 250 Sustaining (Corporate) Members belong to SMPTE, allowing networking and contacts to occur on a larger scale. Touching on every discipline, our members include engineers, technical directors, cameramen, editors, technicians, manufacturers, educators, and consultants.

About the Entertainment Technology Center at USC
Founded in 1993, the Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California (ETC-USC) is a neutral, stand-alone research organization in the School of Cinema-Television devoted to identifying new, pivotal entertainment technologies and creating projects to analyze and test them. ETC-USCs efforts include the Digital Cinema Laboratory and the New Digital Home. Among ETC-USCs sponsors are the USC School of Cinema-Television; all the major studios- Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal Pictures, Viacom/Paramount Studios, The Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros.; LucasFilm; Laser Pacific Media Corporation, a Kodak company; Panasonic; Thomson and Cisco Systems.

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About NAB2005 and the Digital Cinema Summit
The Digital Cinema Summit is part of the 12th annual NAB Conference Series. NAB2005 will take place April 16 - 21, 2005 in Las Vegas (exhibits open April 18). It is the world's largest electronic media show covering the development, delivery and management of professional video and audio content across all mediums.

Complete NAB2005 details are available at

About The National Association Of Broadcasters
The National Association of Broadcasters is a full-service trade association that promotes and protects free, over-the-air local radio and television stations' interests in Washington and around the world. NAB is the broadcaster's voice before Congress, federal agencies, and the courts. NAB also serves a growing number of associate and international broadcaster members.

Information about NAB can be found at


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