Code/media - February 18, 2015, Laguna Niguel, California
Speaker: Ze Frank, President, BuzzFeed Motion Pictures, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, 1 Ritz Carlton Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629
Code/Media is a day and a half of our trademark live journalism — onstage, unscripted interviews with the most interesting, influential people in the business. In the past, we've had everyone from Twitter's Dick Costolo to Dish Network's Charlie Ergen to Neil Young — yup, that Neil Young — join us onstage to talk about the way technology is upending the media world.
This year we're going to have another compelling group of guests. Here's a sample of who you'll see onstage:
-Chelsea Handler was the only woman to succeed in late-night TV. Now she's going to try something entirely new: Create a late-night-style talk show for Netflix, scheduled to start in 2016.
-Mark Thompson became the CEO of the New York Times in 2012, and he has had a very full plate since then. His newest challenge: Trying to figure out how to fix the paper's digital growth plan.
-Nick Denton's pioneering Gawker Media boasts eight sites and 80 million visitors a month. His new, surprising, self-described role: "We are the guardians of independent media."
-Ze Frank was one of the first people to figure out Web video. Now he's using those skills at BuzzFeed, which has quickly become a Web video giant. He'll talk about movie-making with veteran screenwriter — "Go," "Big Fish," "Charlie's Angels" — and entrepreneur John August.