Gotham TV confab a global affair

Key TV execs around the globe will convene New York Nov. 20 in time for the first Worldwide Television Summit Conference, which will address the relationship between broadcasters and emerging technologies.

Keynoter for the conference will be Nobuyuki Idei, recently named president/chief operating officer of Sony Corp., who will be making his first address in the U.S.

Idei will examine vital issues faced by the world broadcasting community as it prepares for the future.

Topics galore

Among topics to be explored during the daylong gabfest are telco expansion into the media business, video-on-demand, international trade and the regulatory environment.

Panelists skedded to participate include Richard Bodman, senior VP, strategic planning, AT& T; Herbert Granath, president, ABC Cable & Intl. Broadcast Group; Frederick Landman, president/COO, PanAm-Sat; Per Anders Tornberg, president, Modern Times Group; Gerhard Zeiler, director general, ORF Austrian Television, and Robert Phillis, deputy director general of the BBC.

The conference “is the most pivotal meeting ever held by the international broadcasting community,” said Tom Rogers, president of NBC Cable and current president of the Intl. Council.

‘Ata crossroads’

“The industry is at a crossroads, and major media companies around the globe have committed unprecedented executive involvement and support to this summit to enable it to explore the development of a new worldwide media order.”

The event is sponsored by the Intl. Council, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Intl. Council Foundation and Variety Inc. It is timed to dovetail with the Intl. Emmy awards ceremony, which will take place Nov. 20 in New York.

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