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Future of Entertainment Conference


Terry Semel on the Future of Media

"The gatekeepers have lost their keys," former Yahoo! and Warner Brothers head Terry Semel told a Stanford Graduate School of Business audience. Microsoft, Sony, Comcast, Time Warner, and other giants have all expanded into multiple business areas, while shifting and sorting their priorities.


They Were Right about Dancing but the Jury Is Out On YouTube
A reality TV show featuring samba-dancing celebrities and online services that may endanger the future of commercially-produced movie DVDs are just two of the issues that challenged GSB graduates who were keynote speakers at the 2007 Future of Entertainment Conference. (February 2007)
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He Passed Up Titanic and Survived
Universal Studios head Ron Meyer recalls the aftermath of the decision to pass up the domestic distribution rights for the blockbuster movie Titanic. "Every morning for a year I had to see these grosses . . . it was like having morning sickness every day," he told the annual Future of Entertainment Conference. (March 2005)


What's Next For Entertainment?
TiVo for under $200? Portable video displays? Keynote speaker Brandon Burgess hazards some guesses about his industry. (April 2004)

Entertainment Networks Must Battle For the Pocketbook Instead of Ratings
Users are spending more time in front of the TV screen, except now its games and video on demand, not network programming, speakers told the third annual Future of Entertainment conference. (April 2004)

The Reality of Video Games
The $10 billion video game industry is moving into a new universe where the players can make up their own scenarios, industry leaders told the Future of Entertainment Conference. But they also worry about maintaining creativity and withstanding cultural backlash. (April 2004)


Entertainment Business Faces Ever Bigger Stakes, Commercial Pressure on Creativity
Entertainment is big business. That's hardly news. But in an age of digital production and global distribution, the economic rewards—as well as the risks—of producing popular culture have never been greater. (April 2003)


Industry Is Trying to Change How We Watch TV
It is easier to develop revolutionary new media technologies than to reap their rewards. Innovators must deal with both inertia among customers and resistance from incumbent firms, industry leaders told a conference here. (April 2002)


Michael Eisner and the Future of Content
In an impassioned tribute to artists and storytellers, Walt Disney chief Michael Eisner warned against overstating the importance of technology in the media business. (April 2001)


Paper and Pixel, the Future of Publishing
Ten years from now you could be reading a mystery novel from a hand-held digital reader and pursuing your morning paper from a retractable digital screen, agreed speakers at the 2000 Future of Publishing conference. (April 2000)

The Rules Are Being Rewritten In Today's New Media Industries

"We're not even close to having worked through this renaissance of creative exploration," said Richard Gingras, editor-in-chief of Excite@Home. "It's continuing to change at every layer." Gingras was one of more than 80 players in the forefront of today's changing media industry speaking at a day-long conference The Future of Content. (April, 2000)