Just in case you needed a reminder about the enormous change the media business is undergoing, you got a couple this week:
- Disney has considered buying parts of 21st Century Fox. Or, to put it another way: 21st Century Fox, which wanted to buy Time Warner just a few years ago, is now up for sale itself.
- The Department of Justice may stop the Time Warner/AT&T deal unless the merged company dumps CNN and the rest of Turner. Why? Ask Donald Trump.
If you predicted those stories, congratulations. If you’re like the rest of us, you need to hear from the leaders of the media business — and the leaders of the technology industry that’s remaking the media business — so you can plot your own course.
That’s why Kara Swisher and I produce the annual Code Media conference, which we’re hosting next February 12 and 13 in Huntington Beach, California: We invite the people who matter at the most interesting companies, and talk to them live, onstage, in our signature red chair interviews.
- Tim Armstrong spent years running revenue for Google, then six years running AOL. Now he has combined that internet pioneer with Yahoo at Verizon, where he’s pitching the two companies as an alternative to Facebook’s and Google’s ad dominance. Given Verizon’s newfound appetite for the media business, it’s possible that he’ll have even more in his portfolio by the time we talk to him.
- Michael Nathanson is one of Wall Street’s sharpest observers and an analyst we often turn to when we want a candid, plain-English assessment of internet media heavyweights like Google, Facebook and Snap. We’ve asked the MoffettNathanson co-founder to make a custom presentation for our audience, so they can get the kind of insight that professional investors pay big money to have delivered to their inboxes.
They’ll be joining an impressive list of speakers that we’ll be telling you about for the rest of this year. And we’ll be meeting at a pretty excellent place to spend two days in February — the luxurious Paséa Hotel and Spa, right next to the Pacific Ocean. Register now for our first mover discount, and we’ll see you there.