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Big Picture panels tap industry A-list

Eisner, Redstone, Case, Karmazin to headline confab

Michael Eisner, Sumner Redstone, Mel Karmazin and Steve Case will be among industry leaders headlining the 10th anniversary Big Picture conference April 4 in New York. Confab is co-sponsored by Variety and Schroders Bank.

Daylong event at the Grand Hyatt Hotel will feature panels on television, film and the new media. Keynote speakers will include Disney chief Eisner, AOL topper Case and FCC chairman William Kennard.

Viacom’s Redstone and CBS’ Karmazin will be interviewed together by David Frost, the journalist and TV host. CBS and Viacom are in the process of merging.

Tom Brokaw, anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News,” will moderate a new-technology panel to include George Bell, prexy-CEO of Excite@Home; Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com; Kevin O’Connor, CEO and co-founder of Doubleclick; Jay Walker, vice chairman and founder of Priceline.com and chairman of Walker Digital; and Chris Kitze, CEO of NBCi.

Moderated by Variety VP and Editor-in-Chief Peter Bart, the film panel participants include Jeff Berg, chairman-CEO of ICM; Arnon Milchan, producer and head of New Regency Prods.; Alex Yemenidjian, chairman-CEO of MGM Studios; Bob Shaye, chairman-CEO of New Line Cinema; and Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of Miramax Films.

Herb Schlosser, Schroders global communications group senior adviser, will moderate a TV panel to include Patricia Fili-Krushel, prexy of ABC Television Network; Eddy W. Hartenstein, prexy of DirecTV; Peter Chernin, prexy-chief operating officer of News Corp. and chairman-CEO of the Fox Group; Bob Wright, prexy-CEO of NBC; and Brian Roberts, prexy of Comcast Corp.

More participants will be announced closer to the April 4 conference date. Registration can be done online at http://www.thebigpic.com.

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