Though SAG spent big bucks to hammer AFTRA members to vote “no”, the result turned out to be 62% voting “yes”.
But with the stock markets tanking, the dollar sliding and turmoil the operative description of the day, a pall has set over the sunny landscape.
Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway
Robert Iger, president and CEO of Walt Disney Company, and his wife Willow Bay
Tom Freston, of Firefly3 LLC (formerly CEO of Viacom)
Ronald Meyer, president and COO of Universal Studios
Michael Ovitz, former head of Walt Disney Company
Sir Howard Stringer, chairman and CEO of Sony Corporation
Investor Vivi Nevo and Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi
Sun Valley Diary:
Sun Valley: The Old-Media Death-Watch Continues
Internet pioneer Marc Andreessen, who now runs the social networking site Ning, kept up his death watch for old media Wednesday morning.
In a morning panel session titled “Looking Around the Corner to the Future” – which,
“He said, ‘If you have old media, you should sell,’”
That didn’t seem to prompt moguls like Rupert Murdoch to run out and start an auction for News Corporation’s assets.
On the same panel, which was moderated by The New Yorker’s Ken Auletta, was Barry Diller, chief executive officer ofIAC/InterActiveCorp; and Larry Page, co-founder of Google.
Mr. Auletta, according to another participant, tried to nudge Mr. Page and Philippe Dauman, the chief executive of Viacom, in to an exchange about Viacom’s $1 billion lawsuit against Google’s YouTube for copyright violations.
The annual Sun Valley conference has always been a place for established moguls —
Often, however, Allen & Company, the investment banking boutique that runs the event, will invite a mogul-in-the-making or two, so the old guard can gawk at them (or buy their companies, or both).
This year, the invitation list is loaded with moguls-in-the-making, a next-generation A list of who may run big media one day.
The names reflect the interests of Allen & Company’s founder, Herb Jr., and his son, Herb III.
With so many up-and-comers rubbing elbows with moguls — and their big checkbooks — deals could be aplenty.
So, who from new media got a much-coveted invitation to Sun Valley this year?
Here are a few names:
Sun Valley Diary: A Peek at the Agenda
The action starts early Wednesday with breakfast at 6:30 a.m. —
At 7:30 a.m. is a presentation by Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive of Amazon.com.
After than, Ken Auletta of The New Yorker leads a conversation called
That’s all for the panels today.
On Thursday, Joel I. Klein, New York City’s schools chancellor, tries to open everyone’s mind with a conversation entitled “The Education Crisis” with Andre Cowling, principal of the John Harvard Elementary School of Excellence;
Friday begins with a panel of conference newbies:
After that comes the surprise guest.
For those who stick it out until Saturday, Allen & Company, the event’s organizers, have left what may be the best for last.
A blowout dinner ends the week before everyone packs up.
Unfortunately, Jessica has, as yet, not commentated on her victory but on her behalf, her dad and manager JOE has offered a few words of praise.
Joe said: "She's got double-Ds!
Proud dad, indeed...