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Media AMP Leadership Forums

The Media AMP’s Leadership Forums let you interact with top industry leaders in a private, personal setting. They feature one-on-one conversations with industry “movers and shakers” and executives who are changing the face of the business. Sessions include both C-suite leaders from traditional media companies, as well as innovative entrepreneurs who are helping redefine the new media landscape.

The program leverages its New York City and Los Angeles locations to bring important industry players to each Leadership Forum. Forums comprise presentations, company visits, question-and-answer sessions and interviews to encourage dialogue and interaction. A variety of media and entertainment segments are represented, including senior management, hands-on production, product development, finance and entrepreneurship.

These off-the-record conversations enrich the program’s academic content by giving you an inside look at the management challenges, victories and strategies that industry players face on a daily basis.

Recent Leadership Forum Speakers

Frank A. Bennack Jr.

    Frank A. Bennack, Jr. is Chief Executive Officer of Hearst Corporation, one of the world's largest media conglomerates and owner of well-known brands that include Good Housekeeping; Cosmopolitan; Country Living; O, The Oprah Magazine; Esquire; Marie Claire; Seventeen and SmartMoney. He is also presently vice chairman of the Hearst Board of Directors and chairman of the Corporation's Executive Committee.

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Juan Luis Cebrián

    Juan Luis Cebrián is a journalist and author, is the CEO and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Spanish Media Group Prisa, as well as Vice President of Prisa TV and Chairman of the daily newspaper El País. Prisa is the largest group in education, communication, media and entertainment fields in the Spanish and Portuguese speaking worlds.

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Tom Rogers

    Tom Rogers is President and Chief Executive Officer of TiVo (NASDAQ: TIVO), a creator and leader in advanced television services and digital video recorders. Tom brings to TiVo a distinctive blend of operational leadership and corporate strategy experience across multiple facets of the industry.

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Larry Kurzweil

    Larry Kurzweil has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Universal Studios Hollywood theme park since 1999 with responsibilities for the oversight of all businesses within Universal Studios Hollywood, including the Universal CityWalk entertainment complex and the Universal Cinemas.

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Lauren Zalaznick

    Lauren Zalaznick has spent her entire career in media from her start as an independent feature film producer to her current role as Chairman, NBC Universal Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media, where she oversees Bravo Media, Oxygen Media, Style, mun2, Sprout and Telemundo.

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Steve Capus

    Steve Capus is Executive in Residence at IESE Business School. Prior to joining IESE, Capus served for nearly eight years as the President of NBC News. He is the No. 1 News Division executive and is responsible for all aspects of America's highest-rated and most-watched network News division, as well as MSNBC and NBC News Channel. He sits on the Board of, The Weather Channel, The Freedom Forum and Newseum.

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Scott Kurnit

    Scott Kurnit founded AdKeeper in 2010, with a mission to enable consumers to engage with advertising on their own time and terms, while improving their overall Internet experience. Scott also founded and served as chairman and CEO of About, Inc. as it grew to a public market value of $1.7 billion and was the 5th largest of all Web properties.

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Alan Patricof

    Alan Patricof is the founder and managing director of Greycroft LLC. A longtime innovator and advocate for venture capital, Alan entered the industry in its formative days with the creation of Patricof & Co. Ventures Inc., a predecessor to Apax Partners - today, one of the world's leading private equity firms with $35 billion under management.

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Peter Benedek

    Peter Benedek is a co-founder, partner and board member of United Talent Agency, one of the world's leading talent and literary agencies. As a primary architect of UTA's formation and growth, Benedek has presided over the agency's rapid expansion from industry upstart in 1991 to one of today's premier global talent and literary agencies, with a reputation for creating unsurpassed creative opportunities for artists.

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Katherine Oliver

    Katherine Oliver is the commissioner of the New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, which consists of the Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting; NYC Media; and NYC Digital. She was appointed Commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting on August 1, 2002, and has been the President of NYC Media since April 2009.

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Contact Media AMP 

David Zorn 
Program Director