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Mentoring Breakfast Series

Organized by the Media Management Association and The Media Program, the mentoring breakfast series brings together a senior media executive with a small group of first- and second-year students for an informal discussion of current trends in the media industry as well as career paths and opportunities.

Engaging Leaders

John Skipper, President, ESPN & Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks, shares his insights into how to succeed in the media business.

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2013-2014 Mentoring Breakfasts:

  • February 17 — Todd Yellin, VP Product Innovation, Netflix
  • January 30 — Ben Luban '09, Global Head of Business Development, GrubHub Seamless Inc.
  • November 21 — Christopher Barry '99, Managing Director for Digital and International Strategy, A&E

Past hosts have included:

  • Mark Almeida, Sr. Managing Director, Moody’s
  • Bob Bakish ’89, EVP Operations, Viacom
  • William Bardeen ’04, VP Strategy & Corporate Development, NY Times
  • Chris Barry ’99, VP Business Development and Operations, Sundance Channel
  • Bruce Campbell, EVP Business Development, NBC Universal Global Networks
  • Cheryl Chotrani ’06, Director Global Branding & Syfy Ventures, NBC Universal
  • Wade Davis, SVP Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Viacom
  • Michael Dolan ’77, President & COO, IMG Worldwide
  • John Eastman, entertainment lawyer, Eastman & Eastman
  • Stuart Epstein, Chief Financial Officer, NBCUniversal
  • Shana Fisher, SVP of M&A and Strategy, IAC
  • Richard Gay, EVP Strategy & Business Operations, VH1
  • Michael Hansen ’89, Chief Executive Officer, Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Katherine Hays, COO, Massive
  • William Kerr, Chairman, Meredith
  • Dhiraj Kumar, Mobile Strategist, Facebook
  • Anton J. Levy ’03, Managing Director, General Atlantic
  • John Martin ’94, CFO, Time Warner Cable
  • Jarrod Moses, CEO and Founder, United Entertainment Group
  • Steve Newhouse of Condé Nast (pictured above)
  • Jason Rapp ’99, SVP Mergers & Acquisitions, IAC
  • Arne Rees, VP, Assistant to the President, ESPN
  • Andres Sadler, SVP Strategy, Wolters Kluwer
  • Alexander Saint-Amand, President and CEO, Gerson Lehrman Group
  • Ann Sarnoff, COO, BBC Worldwide America
  • Eric Schmidt, Director of Business Development, MTV Networks
  • Pete Sheinbaum, CEO, Daily Candy
  • Scott Singer, Principal, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services
  • Sheila Spence, SVP, Corporate Development, WPP Group USA
  • Oakleigh Thorne ’86, Chairman & CEO, eCollege
  • Max von Zuben '04, Principal, Wicks Group
  • Richard Zannino, CEO, Dow Jones


April 15, 2014

Mark Thompson, President & CEO, The New York Times Company (by invitation only)


April 17, 2014

John Sykes, President, Clear Channel Entertainment Enterprises (by invitation only)


April 29, 2014

Mentoring breakfast with Alan Stein '05, Global Head of Advertising Technology, Media Services, Google (by invitation only)


May 7, 2014

New York City Media Seminar Series: Tamas David-Barrett (Oxford University)

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Featured Media

John Skipper, President, ESPN & Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks, shares his insights into how to succeed in the media business.

NYC Media Seminars

Linking economists working on media topics in the greater New York area by providing a regular forum for discussion.

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Miklos on Media: Featured Blog

Movie Piracy & Innovation Studios have long claimed that piracy "kills" innovation, which will ultimately hurt consumers. A new paper may suggest otherwise.

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