Warren Lieberfarb, "The Father of the DVD," in Conversation at Southwestern
Warren N. Lieberfab, Chairman of Warren N. Lieberfarb & Associates LLC (WNLA), will be the final guest of the 2010-2011 "A Conversation With…" Series presented by Southwestern's Biederman Institute, co-sponsored by the Beverly Hills Bar Association and LACBA's Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Section (ELIPS). The conversation, "The Past, Present and Future of the Home Entertainment Business," will be led by Professor Steven Krone, Director of the Biederman Institute. The program and subsequent reception will be held on Thursday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m. on the Southwestern campus.
Mr. Lieberfarb's Los Angeles-based consulting and investment firm specializes in the media, entertainment, technology and retail industries. As Chairman, Mr. Lieberfarb created and directed Stepping Stone Ventures, an investment consortium of Intel, Microsoft, Samsung, Best Buy, Sonic Solutions, ICM, Thomson and Softbank/BB Cable to fund the evaluation and development of broadband video distribution concepts. As Toshiba's lead advisor to Hollywood in the drive to implement the HD DVD standard, WNLA helped obtain product commitments from three of the major Hollywood studios - Warner Bros., Universal and Paramount.
Previously, Mr. Lieberfarb was President of Warner Home Video (WHV), the home entertainment arm of Warner Bros. Entertainment, and guided the company through nearly two decades of unparalleled growth, building WHV into the premier video software company in the world, with direct operations in 78 countries. Mr. Lieberfarb's most significant achievement, however, is his universally acknowledged role as the architect of the DVD, a product that has literally transformed the entire home video industry. Called "The Father of DVD" by Variety, it was his initial vision that evolved into today's DVD, a single format that represents nearly half of the entire global revenues of the motion picture industry, and has been credited with reviving a somewhat moribund consumer electronics business. In recognition of his unique role in creating the DVD, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented him with an Emmy Award in 1999.
Mr. Lieberfarb earned his BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1965, and proceeded to obtain an MBA from the University of Michigan. He is currently on the Library Board of Overseers and the Undergraduate Advisory Board of The Wharton School. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, the Board of Directors of Sirius Satellite Radio and Digital Theater Systems, and the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees of the American Film Institute, chairing its Entrepreneurial Committee.
The free event will offer one hour of CLE credit and be held in the law school's Bullocks Wilshire Building, 3050 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles. Reservations are requested and can be made by contacting the Biederman Institute. Campus parking is available for $6. Click here for a map and directions to campus.