Gore to headline summit

Vice President Al Gore will headline the Superhighway Summit, a daylong seminar hosted by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Jan. 11 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

Gore will discuss the Clinton administration’s plans to promote development of a national information infrastructure during the event, which will include an address by new Federal Communications Commission chairman Reed Hundt and panels of heavy-hitting entertainment industry execs.

Those confirmed to participate include Disney’s Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg, ABC TV Network Group chief Robert Iger, Black Entertainment TV prexy Robert Johnson, Tele-Communications Inc. topper John Malone, Ameritech Corp.’s Richard Notebaert, Comcast’s Brian Roberts and Bell-Atlantic CEO Ray Smith. Additional panelists are expected.

Topics will include exploration of new technologies and their effects, a timetable for the change, how the new TV will be financed and what consumers are willing to pay for it, and the government’s role.

Tickets, available immediately through the TV Academy, are $ 75 for ATAS members and $ 150 for non-members. The seminar falls in the middle of the Winter Television Critics Assn. tour.

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