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WEVA EXPO 2005 List of Exhibitors Increasing
June 10, 2005

Sarasota, FL - “Additions to the list of exhibitors are already making the 15th Annual Wedding & Event Video Expo 2005 (August 8-11) the best opportunity of the year for wedding & event videographers to check out all the newest products and services for improving workflow, production quality, and bottom-line income,” said Dan Argenas, Director of Association Communications for WEVA International.

Just added to the diversity of exhibitors heading to WEVA EXPO 2005 are: Porta-Brace, Inc., Photoflex, Starlite Video Products, The Tape Company, Motionism, VTP, Tower Products, M & I Networks, Inc., Vinten, and Sonic Solutions.

They join the partial list of WEVA EXPO 2005 exhibitors already announced, including: Adobe Systems, JVC Professional Products, Apple, Canopus, Sony Electronics, Azden Corporation, Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems, Applied Magic, SmartSound Software, MacroSystem, Anton/Bauer, The DV Shop, Armato’s Pro Video, Modern Bride Magazine, Lectrosonics, B&H Photo-Video, Digital Juice, The Knot.com, DeltaMedia, Chicago Digital Post, PixelPops, Grizzly Pro Video, IDX System Technology, “I Do" Weddings Magazine, Sound Ideas, Digital Hot Cakes, Samy’s Camera, Perfect Wedding Guide, Creative Video Productions, Breakthrough Marketing, Vinpower Inc., Hoodman Corp., Unitek Video, Schneider Optics Century Division, TEM Associates, Bogen Imaging, IKAN, Edirol, Micro Research II, Sachtler USA, Neemann Media, Zaxwerks, Microboards Technology, National Video Tape LLC, SLIK Broadcast, Creative Video Products, Shining Technology and STE-MAN, Inc. More exhibitors will be announced shortly, Argenas said.

Companies such as Apple, are expanding their space over last year to increase computer workstation set-ups so that more videographers can get hands-on NLE training tailored to wedding and event work, right on the WEVA show floor.

Apple will also be presenting an all-new, multi-hour “Afternoon with Apple” workshop for wedding & event videographers on Monday, August 8 before the convention opens.

Starting around 1:00 pm, the special 4.5-hour Afternoon with Apple workshop will be free-of-charge to registered WEVA EXPO 2005 attendees (advance registration required/seating is limited) and will finish up just before the start of WEVA EXPO’s Opening Night Gala and Creative Excellence Video Fest, which begins at 5:45 pm.

Adobe Systems, which last year had two separate exhibit spaces, will have one, all-encompassing exhibit space this year, and will include multiple computer workstations for direct, hands-on sessions with Adobe software.

Exhibits by Sony, JVC Professional Products, and Panasonic Broadcast will be spotlighting all new DV and HD/HDV technology, including high-definition cameras, recorders, and presentation systems. Professional wedding & event videographers will have their best opportunity of the year to compare systems and get answers directly from product managers and system engineers.

The WEVA EXPO 2005 Trade Show will be open for two days – August 9-10, 2005. Products and services scheduled for display are directly targeted to professional wedding & event work and can be purchased right from the show floor -- many through special “show-only” discounts that allow WEVA attendees to realize significant savings.

“We’re also very pleased to be welcoming executives of the leading bridal media organizations to this year’s WEVA EXPO. Like videographers, the executives at these influential bridal organizations, too, want to learn about the exciting changes occurring in our sector of professional video. And, they want to see how new high-definition technology and content will impact prospective brides throughout the country,” said Dan Argenas, WEVA International's Director of Association Communications.

"Being the convention’s 15th year means WEVA EXPO 2005 will be a hallmark event for our association and the professional wedding and event video industry at large," said Argenas. "Wedding and event videography has come such a long way since our first convention and trade show back in 1991. Since then, the EXPO has continued to have an enormous impact on videographers, manufacturers, and industry associates each and every year."

WEVA EXPO 2005, he related, will reflect this tremendous influence by featuring over 70 cutting-edge seminars, inspiring workshops, hands-on exhibits, special activities and demonstrations devoted to shooting, editing, marketing, and selling professional wedding & event videography.

“Plus there will also be the new WEVA HD Weddings Theater and...three brand new programs in WEVA’s original BATTLE OF THE VIDEOGRAPHERS! series, which was created by WEVA International exclusively for Wedding & Event Video Expo,” said Argenas.

“The newest segment in the series, featuring Jody & John Goolsby as the special subject for the “Aniversary Concept Video Shoot-Out” was announced earlier this week and more announcements will be issued in the next few days,” he noted. “It’s going to be a spectacular convention and trade show – filled to the brim with state-of-the-art technology, cutting-edge creativity, new marketing, and inspiration unlimited!”

To accommodate the show’s continuing growth, and in honor of the association’s historic event, WEVA EXPO has moved from Bally’s Las Vegas to larger facilities at the internationally famous Las Vegas Hilton, one of the largest convention and resort hotels in the world.

Spacious guest rooms at the Las Vegas Hilton are currently available at a discount for WEVA attendees, but will sell out before WEVA EXPO 2005 opens. And -- rates will increase after the discount cut-off date. To avoid encountering higher rates, reserve guest rooms now!

The discount room rate at the Las Vegas Hilton for WEVA EXPO attendees and exhibitors is just $95/night (single/double occupancy; kids 18 & under stay free). Booked in advance, this special discount rate is also valid three days before and three days after the official WEVA EXPO dates.

To make room reservations, call the Las Vegas Hilton toll-free at 800-732-7117 or direct at 702-732-5111. Air fares to Las Vegas are available at low cost and do not require a Saturday night stayover to get the best price. Check Internet listings now for low-cost fares.

Program and registration details for WEVA EXPO 2005 will be posted online shortly at www.weva.com. General admission rates will be about the same as last year. "Wedding & Event Video Expo 2005 will be the industry’s most exciting convention and trade show to date," said Argenas. It’s a milestone event that professional videographers and industry suppliers won’t want to miss!"

WEVA News is a service of the Wedding & Event Videographers Association International (WEVA). The largest trade association for professional wedding and event videographers, WEVA International is dedicated to advancing the professional interests of videographers worldwide through continuing education, technical support, group benefits, advocacy committees and professional development training. For more information regarding professional videography and WEVA International activities and membership, including the 15th Annual WEVA EXPO (August 8-11, 2005)contact the association office at 941-923-5334 or email: info@weva.com.


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