DVD pioneer joins eWorld advisory board
LOS ANGELES eWorld Companies has announced today that Erick Hansen, founder and ceo of BlueRay Technologies, has joined the company’s board of advisors. According to eWorld, Hansen was one of the original pioneers who helped develop DVD and energized the enormous industry and consumer conversion that replaced VHS.
Hansen began his film industry career more than 20 years ago at MGM’s Metro Color, a film processing and special effects laboratory. Hansen was the founder and president of HEI, a film distributor, and later went on to become one of the top technologists in the DVD industry, helping to create the first multi-angled DVD.
He founded the first DVD company in the United States in 1995 and the first independent DVD manufacturing facility in the world in 1997, and his involvement in the research and development of the Blu-ray technology dates back to 1999 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He is also considered an expert in various aspects of DVD technology including areas such as digital delivery systems, anti-piracy and anti-theft.
Family Dollar names human resources head
MATTHEWS, N.C. Family Dollar Stores today announced that Bryan Venberg has been named to the position of senior vp of human resources. Venberg will report to Howard Levine, chairman of the board and ceo.
Prior to joining Family Dollar, Venberg served as senior vp of operations of customer service and human resources with ShopNBC. He has held similar positions with Target, as well as with Marshall Fields.
Staples to offer free tax return copies
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. Staples announced today that it will be offering its customers free copies of their 2007 tax returns. On April 15, Staples Copy & Print Centers nationwide will provide free copies, up to 20 pages, of 2007 tax returns.
“We have all become so comfortable storing and sending data electronically, that many people are not keeping hard copies of important documents,” said John Burke, senior vp of business services at Staples. “Nothing is easier to access and more reliable than a paper copy of your taxes, which is why Staples is offering free copies of tax returns.”