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iHollywood Forum Announces Digital Living Room Summit

Event explores the transformation of the living room into a digital hub (February 08, 2005)

iHollywood Forum Inc. today announced the speaker lineup and agenda for the Digital Living Room and Venture Forum, the definitive conference March 7-8, 2005 at the San Francisco Airport Crowne Plaza Hotel (Foster City). The thought leader summit will feature the executives, journalists and analysts defining consumers' digital lives, including: Wall Street Journal Personal Technology Columnist Walter Mossberg, Real Networks Chairman and CEO Rob Glaser, Sony Digital Entertainment President Yair Landau and many others.

View the complete agenda and speaker line up at

"This is the year the Digital Living Room becomes a reality," said iHollywood Forum CEO and Founder Michael Stroud. "Media centers, broadband wireless connections, digital music and video, HDTV all are available and affordable. Venture capital is flowing. I'm thrilled that the leaders in this new consumer revolution will be speaking at our conference. We address the battle among PC makers, Baby Bells, cable operators, consumer electronics companies and software companies for control of the digital living room."

The Digital Living Room will explore the changes rocking consumer electronics, entertainment and communications, and the implications for how consumers listen to music, watch movies and television, play games, communicate and access media. The conference will launch with a keynote by the Wall Street Journal's Walter Mossberg about trends in the digital living room, followed by a fireside chat between Walt Mossberg, Rob Glaser, and Yair Landau.

Other sessions at the conference include:
* The PC/TV connection
* Protecting digital rights in a world of multiple devices
* The rise of consumer Voice-Over-IP (VoIP)
* Personal video recorders: into the mainstream
* HDTV: what's on next
* Scramble for the set-top
* Reinventing music
* Transforming consumer experiences of digital imaging and video
* Untangling the home network
* The unwired living room
* Killer apps and gadgets
* I want my IPTV!
* Next-gen games
* Any video, anywhere

Sessions will be moderated by some of the nation's top technology and business journalists, including: Wall Street Journal Columnists Walter Mossberg and Lee Gomes; CNET Editor-in-Chief Pat Houston; PC Magazine Editor-in-Chief Michael Miller; PC World Editor-in-Chief Harry McCracken; Always On Network Founder and Editor Tony Perkins; USA Today Technology Reporter Jefferson Graham; Los Angeles Times Technology Reporter Jon Healey; Wired Magazine Products Editor Robert Capps; and San Jose Mercury News Staff Writer Dean Takahashi.

Panels will also include insights from top analysts, including: Gartner Group Vice President Van Baker, Enderle Group Principal Rob Enderle, Parks Associates VP and Principal Analyst Kurt Scherf, Jupiter Research Research Director Julie Ask, and IMS Research Vice President Ian Weightman.

Sponsors include:
Silver: Microsoft and Mediabolic
Bronze: Digital 5, Kasenna, Pepper Computers, Adimos, ViXS, and ACD Systems Media and Association Partners: The Hollywood Reporter, Rogers & Cowan, DiMa, Business Wire, Always On, CNET, AeA, Larta Institute, Internet Home Alliance, CEDIA, MoCA, VESA, 1394 Trade Association, WiMedia Alliance, DLNA, CCIA, The Wi-Fi Technology Forum, Digital Lifestyles Resource Center, VC Task Force, Home Toys. Research Partners: Parks Associates, ABI Research, IMS Research.

Specially selected conference attendees will also have the opportunity to pitch for funding before top Silicon Valley venture capitalists and strategic investors. Deluxe ticket holders will be allowed to view the funding sessions. Entrepreneurs interested in being considered for the pitch sessions are invited to submit free applications at

VC judges include:
**Redpoint Ventures' Geoff Yang
**Bessemer Venture Partners Partner, Jeremy Levine
**Mayfield Managing Director, Allen Morgan
**Allegis Capital Partner, Robert Ackerman
**Samsung Ventures America's, Stanley Kim
**Intel Capital Director of Strategic Developments, Mike Buckley
**Charles River Ventures Partner, George Zachary
**Best Buy Corporate Development executive, Kuk Yi.

Attendees will attend a live focus group of consumers and have the opportunity to ask their own questions.

The conference will also be a showcase for cutting-edge technologies and services in the Digital Living Room. Sponsors will have the opportunity to exhibit, present to the audience and, where appropriate, sit on panels. Companies interested in sponsorship opportunities for the Digital Living Room showcase should contact iHollywood Forum's sales team at 310 566 7744. Sponsorships benefits include speaking, giving a demo to the audience, exhibitor table, press list and tickets.

About iHollywood Forum, Inc.
Founded in 2000, Los Angeles-based iHollywood Forum, Inc.,T produces cutting-edge roundtables and conferences about digital entertainment and mobile technology. The summits attract a diverse mix of Hollywood and Silicon Valley executives, entrepreneurs, technology executives, attorneys and others to learn and make deals in an intimate environment. Sessions are typically moderated by top journalists and analysts. Other conferences produced by iHollywood Forum include the Mobile Entertainment Summit at CTIA, Music 2.0, Mobile Media World (formerly iWireless World), Impact! (entertainment marketing) and the Digital Media Summit. More information is available at Digital Living RoomŪ is a registered trademark of iHollywood Forum, Inc.

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