Media and Technology Forum Annual Meeting

Mike Fries and Jonathan Knee at the 2016 Forum 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.

Year Topic
2017 Sports, Media and Technology
Bob Bowman — President, Business & Media of Major League Baseball
Sunil Gulati — Senior Lecturer in Economics, Columbia University and President, U.S. Soccer Federation
David Stern — NBA Commissioner Emeritus
Sean McManus — Chairman, CBS Sports

Panel Discussion: News, Media and Technology
Jeff Zucker — President, CNN Worldwide
Andrea Prat —Richard Paul Richman Professor of Business, Columbia Business School
Christopher Altchek — CEO and Co-founder, Mic
William Bardeen — SVP Strategy & Development, The New York Times Company
Michael F. Finnegan — President, Atlantic Media
2016 Trends in the Global Media Ecosystem
Michael Fries — President and CEO, Liberty Global
Robert Bakish — CEO, Viacom International Media Networks
Bruce Campbell — SEVP Chief Development Officer and General Counsel, Discovery Communications

The Economic Outlook
Glenn Hubbard — Dean, Columbia Business School

Panel Discussion: Audience Monetization Trends
David Brinker — SVP, Global Head of Business & Corporate Development, News Corp and President, New York Post
John Lee — EVP & Chief Strategy Officer, Merkle
Brian Lesser — CEO, GroupM North America
Kinshuk Jerath — Class of 1967 Associate Professor of Business, Columbia Business School
2015 Disruption
Barry Diller — Chairman and Senior Executive, IAC and Expedia
Tim Wu — Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

Panel Discussion: Business Models for News in the Digital Age
Justin Smith — CEO, Bloomberg Media Group
Jon Steinberg — CEO, DailyMail.com North America
Jeremy Philips — Founder and General Partner, Spark Capital Growth and Adjunct Professor, Columbia Business School
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