Recapping MBAMEC

The 2016 Media & Entertainment Conference at Stern

Recapping the 2016 MBA Media & Entertainment Conference

Stern hosted the 2016 MBA Media and Entertainment Conference at NYU’s Kimmel Center on Friday, April 8th. The conference was organized in collaboration with Columbia, Haas, Fuqua, Sloan and Wharton.

Events kicked off with a lively fireside chat between Disney/ABC president, Ben Sherwood, and ABC News anchor Cecilia Vega. The pair discussed the future of traditional television as more and more subscribers choose to “cut the chord” and what new mediums, such as virtual reality, have in store for the industry of entertainment.

Clockwise from top left: 1) Nicholas Pulito and the MBAMEC organizers kick things off. 2) MBAMEC was hosted at the Kimmel Center above Washington Square Park. 3) The opening fireside chat with President of Disney/ABC, Ben Sherwood, and ABC News "World News Tonight" anchor, Cecilia Vega. 4) The keynote chat between WME|IMG CCO Mark Shapiro and journalist James Andrew Miller. 5) Panel discussion on the future of Virtual and Augmented Reality with industry leaders. 6) The lunchtime presenter, Fox News commentator Tariq "Dr. Oscar" Khan. Photo Credit: The Stern Opportunity

Clockwise from top left:
1) Nicholas Pulito and the MBAMEC organizers kick things off. 2) MBAMEC was hosted at the Kimmel Center above Washington Square Park. 3) The opening fireside chat with President of Disney/ABC, Ben Sherwood, and ABC News “World News Tonight” anchor, Cecilia Vega. 4) The keynote chat between WME|IMG CCO Mark Shapiro and journalist James Andrew Miller. 5) Panel discussion on the future of Virtual and Augmented Reality with industry leaders. 6) The lunchtime presenter, Fox News commentator Tariq “Dr. Oscar” Khan. Photo Credit: The Stern Opportunity

Panels throughout the day ranged from roundtables on new media investments and entrepreneurship, virtual reality and the future of the music industry to native advertising, off-platform digital video and the experiences of former MBAs who now work in media and entertainment.

The afternoon concluded with a riveting conversation between former head of ESPN and current Chief Content Officer at WME/IMG, Mark Shapiro, and the award-winning journalist and author, James Andrew Miller. Among other topics, the two discussed how Mr. Shapiro, at the age of 32, was handed the keys to ESPN and helped turn it into a cable juggernaut through a few leaps of faith and careful team management.

Next year’s MBAMEC will be hosted uptown by Columbia University.

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