New York, NY (PRWEB) January 26, 2009
DeSilva+Phillips, Media Investment Bankers, announces that its seventh annual Media Dealmakers Summit will take place at The Pierre, New York City, on February 5th. For the media industry, the 21st century ushered in a permanent state of revolution. With a new administration in Washington, an industry that has been utterly transformed by the impact of the Internet, and a dramatic change in the relationship between content, audience, and advertiser, the Dealmakers Summit is more relevant than ever as it addresses media M&A in the century's second decade. The event is a by-invitation-only, not for profit event with no sponsors - any surplus will be donated to charity in honor of the late William Reilly, co-founder of PRIMEDIA.
As always, the members of the invited audience as well as the speakers include the most active and influential dealmakers in the media industry. Its attendees are equally divided between the leaders of media companies - both digital and traditional - and the principals of private equity firms and major lenders.
The Summit's keynote interviewees are:
Edward A. Finn, Jr., Editor and President, Barron's; Chairman and Editorial Director of SmartMoney
Thomas Gensemer, Managing Partner, Blue State Digital (which managed the online Obama campaign)
Eric Hippeau, managing partner of SoftBank Capital (a member of the Yahoo board and of the CNET board until the company was sold last year to CBS Interactive for $1.8 billion)
Mike Rusbridge, Chairman and CEO of Reed Exhibitions, the world's largest events company
During the day, five panel discussions feature the past year's most active buyers discussing what they've done and what they see ahead.
Brian Berger, VP Strategy & Development, Comcast Interactive Media (bought DailyCandy, Fandango and Plaxo)
Habib Kairouz, Managing Partner, Rho Capital Partners and General Partner, Rho Ventures (current and former board seats include iVillage (sold to NBC), Tripod (sold to Lycos), Tacoda (sold to Time Warner), Intralinks, and ReachLocal)
Pat Kenealy, Managing Director, IDG Ventures SF (IDG's investment in SideStep was merged into Kayak.com)
Sean Madden, Advisory Director, Investcorp (bought Randall Reilly for $180 million)
Scott Mozarsky, EVP & Chief Strategy and Development Officer, PR Newswire (United Business Media)
Todd Tauber, Director, Corporate Development, The Economist Group (bought Capital Advantage for The Economist's Roll Call subsidiary for $43 million
Andrew J. Armstrong Jr., Managing Member, Spire Capital Partners (owner of SkyMall and the Professional Bull Rider's Association)
J. Scott Crystal, Chief Executive Officer, TV Guide (acquired by OpenGate in a deal valued over $50 million)
Joseph Holland, VP, Strategy & Corporate Development, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, LLC
Chairman & CEO (acquired Emeril Lagasse's businesses)
Bruce A. Eatroff, Partner, Halyard Capital (which bought HCPro)
Jagruti Oza, EVP, Strategic Marketing & Business Development, Wolters Kluwer (bought UpToDate in a $400 million deal)
Benjamin Wolin, Co-founder & CEO, Waterfront Media (merged his firm with Steve Case's Revolution Media in a deal that valued it at $100 million)
Thomas L. Harrison, Chairman & CEO, Diversified Agency Services, A division of OmnicomGroup (who continued his acquisitions last year, making 130 in all, which built DAS into the world's largest group of marketing services companies with almost $5 billion in revenues)
Sheila Spence, SVP Corporate Development, WPP Group plc (who acquired TNS for WPP for $1.9 billion)
Luke Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, LBi International AB (the Sweden-based digital marketing agency and holding company which acquired New York-based Special Ops Media last year)
The panel moderators and interviewers are:
Henry Blodget, CEO, co-founder and editor-in-chief, Silicon Alley Insider
Roger C. Holstein, Managing Director, Vestar Capital (former CEO, WebMD)
Lorne Manly, Film Editor, The New York Times
Richard Morgan, Assistant Managing Editor, The Deal
Andrew Ross Sorkin, Chief M&A Reporter, The New York Times
Attendance is $1,095 and space is strictly limited. Registration begins at 7:45 AM; the program begins at 9:00 AM and concludes at 4:45 PM. Those who interested in receiving an invitation may contact Sam Schulman, Managing Director, DeSilva+Phillips (sam (at) mediabankers (dot) com).
About DeSilva+Phillips, Media Investment Bankers:
DeSilva+Phillips is a New York-based investment bank specializing in the media, digital media and healthcare communications industries. The firm provides M&A services and private placements of debt and equity to the media industries. It also offers operational restructuring services to improve financial results. Its clients include leading companies in the traditional and digital media industries, including B2B, consumer, medical and healthcare media, newspaper, book publishing, trade shows & events, information, educational, and marketing-services sectors. DeSilva+Phillips has completed more over 200 transactions since 1996. DeSilva+Phillips Corporate Finance LLC is a member of FINRA and SIPC. For more information visit http://www.Mediabankers.com.