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Oct 18, 2005

Christie Hefner, Tom Rogers, Susan Whiting and Hugh Panero to Keynote at Industry Leading Digital Entertainment and Media Expo

Industry Luminaries to Present at Annual Digital Entertainment & Media Expo in Los Angeles

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 18, 2005 -- VNU Expositions, the industry's leading producers of business-to-business trade shows and executive conferences today announced keynotes for the 2005 Digital Entertainment & Media Expo ( The two-day premiere event, being held November 30-December 1st, 2005 , at the Hyatt Regency Century City Plaza (formerly the Westin) in Los Angeles, will open with keynote speaker Christie Hefner, Chairman & CEO, Playboy Enterprises, Tom Rogers, CEO & President, TiVo, Inc, Susan Whiting, President and CEO of Nielsen Media Research and Hugh Panero, President & CEO, XM Radio.

Other featured speakers at the event include industry leaders such as Gregg Spiridellis (CEO, Jib Jab), David Goodman (President of Marketing, Infinity Broadcasting), Courtney Holt (Head of New Media & Strategic Marketing, Interscope Geffen A&M Records), Stacy Jolna (SVP, General Manager, TV Guide Television Group), Ric Harris (Head of New Media, NBC Universal), Thomas Hesse (President Global Digital Business Group, SONY BMG Music Entertainment), Andrew Susman (President / CEO, Studio One Networks), Cyriac Roeding (Vice-President, Wireless, CBS Television / Digital Media), Cuneo Paula (Senior Manager, Corporate Alliances & Business Development, Activision, Inc.), Jay Frank (Head of Programming and Label Relations, Yahoo! Music), and Steve Lanzano (EVP, General Manager , MPG)

Other speakers include leading executives from Electronic Arts, Universal Music Group eLabs, Current TV, Initiative, m-Qube, GoldPocket Interactive, Starcom, Zenith Media, Heavy, Inc., EMI Music, Ibiquity, Gotuit, iMesh, Reverb, Sprint Nextel, Twelve Horses, PodShow, MPG, and WildTangent.

"We are excited to have such industry luminaries as Christie Hefner, Tom Rogers, Hugh Panero and Susan Whiting keynote our show. Their industry expertise will provide invaluable insight to the attendees and are a driving force behind the direction of the digital entertainment industry," said Andrew Kraft, the VNU Expositions Digital Media & Entertainment Group Show Director. "We are overwhelmed with the positive response this show is generating so far and are looking forward to delivering the most compelling and informative knowledge and products at this show."

The Digital Media & Entertainment Expo is sponsored by three of VNU's leading publications, Adweek Magazines (including Adweek, Mediaweek, and Brandweek), Billboard Magazine and The Hollywood Reporter, in addition to Nielsen Entertainment and Digital Media Wire. Over 1500 entertainment and media leaders are expected to attend the two-day exposition, conference, and awards. The conference will cover technological, strategic, legal, and marketing issues in the following four tracks:

For the most updated information on the conference and event, please visit .

About VNU Exposition's Digital Media & Entertainment Group:

VNU Exposition's Digital Media & Entertainment Group produces leading trade shows and executive conferences in the media and entertainment industries, taking advantage of synergies created with sister companies and publications such as The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Adweek Magazines, Nielsen Entertainment, Nielsen Media Research, and others. VNU Expositions produces over 50 business-to-business tradeshows and educational conferences in conjunction with VNU Business Media publications and key industry associations. Industry leaders and professionals from around the globe attend VNU Expositions' events to find practical advice, innovative ideas and expert solutions. VNU Expositions is a VNU Business Media company, a division of VNU, one of the world's leading companies dedicated to providing customers with the business-to-business information and intelligence they need to gain an edge on the competition. For more information on VNU Exposition's Digital Media & Entertainment Group, please visit

Source: Christie Hefner, Tom Rogers, Susan Whiting and Hugh Panero to Keynote at Industry Leading Digital Entertainment and Media Expo. Market Wire. Oct 18, 2005.