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Media Forum Annual Meeting

The Forum meets once a year at Columbia Business School in an informal and “off-the-record” half-day program organized around themes of topical importance across all segments of the media industry. The meetings draw upon the high-level resources of the group as well as other leading business figures from both inside and outside the media industry, including the Business School’s distinguished Board of Overseers and members of our world-renowned faculty. The discussion agenda of these meetings focuses on high-profile events and long-range questions about fundamental trends affecting future patterns in information and entertainment based industries and thought-provoking issues of globalization, technology, regulation, and change management. Topics and speakers at past Forum events are listed below.




2014   The Future of the Entertainment Ecosystem
Julius Genachowski — Managing Director, The Carlyle Group and Former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Panel Discussion: Net Neutrality
Hank Hultquist — Vice President of Federal Regulatory, AT&T
Corie Wright — Director of Global Public Policy, Netflix, Inc.
Gabriel Weintraub — Sidney Taurel Assoc Professor of Business, Columbia Business School
Tim Wu — Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
The Future of the Entertainment Ecosystem
Michael J. Angelakis — Vice Chairman and CFO, Comcast Corporation
Panel Discussion: The Future of the Entertainment Ecosystem
Josh Sapan — President and CEO, AMC Networks
Peter Liguori — President and CEO, Tribune Company
2013   Social Media
Dan Rose — VP of Partnerships, Facebook
Impact of Social on the Consumer Landscape
John Bell — Global Managing Director of Social@Ogilvy, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide
Tina Exarhos — EVP Marketing and Creative, MTV
Grant Whitmore — VP of Digital Media, Hearst Magazines
The Science of Social Media
Duncan Watts — Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research
Impact of Social on the Business/Professional Landscape
Keith Fox — President, McGraw-Hill Construction
Scot W. Melland — Chairman, President and CEO, Dice Holdings
Stephen Saunders — Founder & Managing Director, UBM DeusM
2012   Managing Change and Innovation within Large Established Media Companies
William Campbell — Chairman of the Board, Intuit Corporation
Rita McGrath — Associate Professor, Columbia Business School
Transformational Issues in Media Organizations
Will Etheridge — CEO, Pearson Education, North America
Eric Kessler — Co-President, HBO
Steven Swartz — COO, Hearst
Todd Jick — Senior Lecturer in Discipline in Business, Columbia Business School
2011   Over-the-Top (OTT) Video Impact on the Media Landscape
Reed Hastings — CEO, Netflix
Michael White — Chairman, CEO & President, DirecTV
2010   Impact of Digital Revolution on Communications and Branding
David Rogers — Executive Director of BRITE, Columbia Business School
Bernd Schmitt — Robert D. Calkins Professor of International Business, Columbia Business School
Sir Martin Sorell — CEO, WPP
Challenges and Opportunities for Media Companies in China
Robert Thomson — Editor-in-Chief, Dow Jones
Shang-Jin Wei — N T Wang Professor of Chinese Business and Economy, Columbia Business School
The State of the Economy Revisited: Is there Another Shoe to Drop?
Chris Mayer — Paul Milstein Professor of Real Estate and Finance and Economics, Columbia Business School
2009   The Great Chase: Media Economics and Metrics Try to Keep Pace with Changing Media Audiences
Scott McDonald — SVP Market Research, Conde Nast Publications
David Poltrack — Chief Research Officer, CBS Corporation and President, CBS VISION
Horst Stipp — SVP Strategic Insights & Innovation, NBC Universal
Will Viral Marketing Replace Traditional Media?
Oliver Toubia — Glaubinger Professor of Business, Columbia Business School
When Will It End?
Roger Altman — Chairman & CEO, Evercore Partners
2008   Conventional Wisdom versus Quantifiable Results in Media
Bruce Greenwald — Robert Heilbrunn Professor of Finance and Asset Management, Columbia Business School
Managing Change in a Changing Media Environment
David Calhoun — Chairman of Executive Board & CEO, The Nielsen Company
Success and Failure in Managing Change
Eric Abrahamson — Hughie E. Mills Professor of Business, Columbia Business School
2007   Impact of the Internet
Paul Glasserman — Jack R. Anderson Professor of Business, Columbia Business School
How Current Trends in Technology, Media Consumption & Monetization Will Reshape the Media Landscape
Dan Rosensweig — COO, Yahoo
Advertising 2010: How Big, Who Wins, Who Loses
Eric J. Johnson — Norman Eig Professor of Business, Columbia Business School
Customized Media in the Internet Age
Asim Ansari — William T. Dillard Professor of Marketing, Columbia Business School
2006   The Global Economy
Dean Glenn Hubbard — Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics, Columbia Business School
Intellectual Property and the Global World
Joseph Stiglitz — Executive Director and Co-founder of Initiative for Policy Dialogue and Professor, Columbia Business School
The World is Bumpy: Why Everything Thomas Friedman Says is Wrong
Bruce Greenwald — Robert Heilbrunn Professor of Finance and Asset Management, Columbia Business School
Globalization on the Ground
Lon Jacobs — Senior Executive Vice President & Group General Counsel, News Corporation
Micheal Fricklas — Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Viacom
2005   The Economic Outlook
Dean Glenn Hubbard — Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics, Columbia Business School
Valuing Growth in Media
Bruce Greenwald — Robert Heilbrunn Professor of Finance and Asset Management, Columbia Business School
Current Trends in Media Valuation
Richard Bilotti — Managing Director, Morgan Stanley



October 27, 2014

Mentoring breakfast with Stephen Richard '00, SVP, Business Development and Operations, Global Merchandising Group, National Basketball Association (by invitation only)


November 5, 2014

New York City Media Seminar Series: Nicholas Economides (NYU)

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November 6, 2014

Chet Kanojia, CEO, Aereo (by invitation only)


November 10, 2014

Doug Holloway '78, President – Multichannel Distribution, ION Media (by invitation only)


November 12, 2014

Mentoring breakfast with Chantal Restivo-Alessi '93, Chief Digital Officer, HarperCollins Publishers (by invitation only)

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