The biggest names in media are at the Pierre Hotel in midtown Manhattan for private equity firm Quadrangle's 'Four Square' conference. The event is closed to the press but I got my hands on an agenda and am spending the afternoon outside the hotel. Today's itinerary includes a Q&A with James Murdoch and another with the FCC chair Kevin Martin, plus some well seeded panels on the future of entertainment.
Talking about how crowded the market is were our own NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker, as well as Sirius Satellite Radio CEO Mel Karmizan, and MySpace co-founder Chris DeWolfe. Then Sony CEO Howard Stringer sat down with "Transformers" director/producer Michael Bay and YouTube founder Chad Hurley to talk about the evolution of user created vs. professionally created content and their respective audiences. Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder and Barry Diller are also weighing in today.
I caught up with some of these moguls on their way into the Pierre. I grabbed Chuck Dolan who said he was interested to learn more about interactivity at the conference and was open to making a deal depending on who he bumps into. When asked about all the buzz over social networking he said he is moving cablevision in that direction--figuring out how people can interact around the content. And I grabbed ever-friendly Mel Karmizan, who says he's still confident the Sirius- XM merger will go through by the end of the year.
The afore mentioned Bay chatted with me about the convergence of video games and movies- he has a digital company that's working to make games more film-like. He also said he thinks the TV and screen writers strike will resolve quite soon as both sides were pretty close to a resolution before striking started Monday.
The strike is certain to be top of mind for a lot of these attendees, even our own Zucker, who refused to comment. More on the strike to come.
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