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Al-Jazeera's Omar al-Issawi, The Washington Post's Donald Graham to Keynote MBA Media & Entertainment Conference

MBA Students Gather to Hear Leading Media Executives Discuss Key Issues in the Entertainment & Related Industries

January 25, 2004

NEW YORK -- Five of the world‘s top business schools announced today the distinguished keynote speakers for the 3rd Annual MBA Media & Entertainment conference: Donald Graham, chairman and CEO of The Washington Post Company, and Omar al-Issawi, co-founder of the Arab TV network Al-Jazeera.

Graham‘s and al-Issawi‘s unique perspectives will be the cornerstones for an informative dialogue at the conference, bringing together top MBA students and industry executives to discuss current issues facing film, music, broadcast and cable television, interactive, sports and publishing.

Organized by MBA students from Columbia Business School, Duke University Fuqua School of Business, MIT Sloan School of Management, New York University Stern School of Business, and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the conference will be held at The Kimmel Center for Student Life at New York University on February 20, 2004.

Representing the next generation of business leaders, the more than 600 student and alumni attendees from US and international graduate business programs will meet with and learn from some of the most influential executives in media, entertainment and related industries – from CBS to Miramax, Major League Baseball to Capitol Records. A complete list of guest panelists can be found at the conference web site, www.mbamec.com.

Panel topics will address some of the most challenging and industry-changing issues and trends today, including:

  • The New “Independents” of Film
  • The Changing World of Broadcast & Cable Television
  • Beyond the Printed Page
  • Working The Magic in Children‘s Media
  • A New Customer Relationship: The Music Industry‘s New Marketing Models
  • Behind the Scenes: The Power of Corporate Sponsorship and Revenue Maximization in Driving the Globalization of Sports Competitive Environment in Media
  • Global Media: Staking the World
  • Interactive Gaming: A Business Growing Up

Sponsors for the conference include McKinsey & Company, The Economist, and TVSpy. For more information regarding the event, please visit www.mbamec.com.

About the MBA Media & Entertainment Conference
The MBA Media & Entertainment Conference brings together the nation‘s top MBA students and media, entertainment and related companies. The aim of the conference is to foster an informative dialogue about and enhance networking within the film, music, broadcast and cable television, interactive, sports and publishing industries. Since its beginning, the conference has been jointly organized by MBA students from Columbia Business School, Duke University Fuqua School of Business, MIT Sloan School of Management, New York University Stern School of Business, and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Additional information can be found at www.mbamec.com.