ATAS summit a sellout; high-power panels set

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ “Superhighway Summit” is sold out, with 1,800 people expected to attend the Jan. 11 daylong event at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

Panels have also been set for the ATAS-sponsored event, which will include a pre-lunch address by Vice President Al Gore regarding regulatory plans for the information infrastructure and a just-added “The Best of Silicon Valley” exhibit , with such companies as America Online, Apple, Microsoft and Sega set to participate.

Final panel

The final panel will be “CEO Summit,” featuring Disney’s Michael Eisner, Time Warner’s Gerald Levin, News Corp.’s Rupert Murdoch, Pacific Telesis’ Phil Quigley, Sony Corp.’s Michael Schulhof and Bell-Atlantic’s Ray Smith. The opener , meanwhile, “Couch Potato 2000: The Shape of Tomorrow’s TV,” will feature Barry Diller, TCI’s John Malone, Steve Case (America On-Line), Larry Ellison (Oracle Corp.), Comcast’s Brian Roberts and Ameritech’s Richard Notebaert.

Bookended by those sessions will be “The Superhighway’s Impact on the Landscape: What It Means for Society,” with Robert Johnson (BET), Deborah Kaplan (World Institute on Disability), Mitch Kapor (Electronic Frontier Foundation), Alan Kay (Apple Fellow) and Ruth Otte (Discovery Communications); “Infobankingcomputingshoppingtainment — The Blurred Lines of Programming,” featuring Robert Iger (ABC), Tom Kalinske (Sega), Jeffrey Katzenberg (Disney), Geraldine Laybourne (Nickelodeon), Lucie Salhany (Fox) and Scott Sassa (Turner Entertainment Group); and “Master of the Universe: The Consumer,” with Bob Crestani (William Morris Agency), ad exec Jerry Della Femina, Bear Sterns’ Cliff Friedman, New York Times culture editor Paul Goldberger and Institute of the Future director Paul Saffo.

Frank remarks

Academy prexy Richard Frank will provide opening remarks, with Dick Cavett, Bernard Shaw and Lynn Shearer set to moderate three of the panels. More than 100 members of the media are also expected to attend.

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