Comcast and the Center for American Progress are teaming up next week for an event in D.C. called “The Creative Economy.”

It’s another effort to cast entertainment and the arts not as a profession for the elites, but a jobs creator and multiplier.

The speakers at the Sept. 21 event will include director Paris Barclay, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, the center’s Sarah Rosen Wartell and Stephen E. Siwek, author of “Video Games in the 21st Century: Economic Contributions of the U.S. Entertainment Software.” Invited but not confirmed is Bill Ivey, director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University. Judy Woodruff will moderate, and Comcast exec VP David Cohen will deliver opening remarks.