DeSilva+Phillips, Mediabankers(TM) Announces The Future of Celebrity Media Conference May 14

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DeSilva+Phillips, Mediabankers(TM) announces The Future of Celebrity Media conference, with an invited audience May 14, 2009, at the Tribeca Film Center in New York. There is no charge for attendance, but invitations must be requested.

Lost in Transition: The Revolution in Celebrity Media

DeSilva+Phillips, Mediabankers(TM) announces The Future of Celebrity Media conference, to be given before an invited audience May 14, 2009, at the Tribeca Film Center in New York, from 8:15 to 11:45AM.

Chaired and organized by Ken Sonenclar, managing director and author of the new DeSilva+Phillips White Paper, "Lost in Transition: The Revolution in Celebrity Media," The Future of Celebrity Media takes a hard look at the fascinating and complex state of the celebrity media, both the existing media franchises and the disruptors who seek to overturn them. Panelists are the people who have made the celebrity media and are now in the process of transforming it: the industry's most notable editors, writers, entrepreneurs and investors.

Confirmed moderators and panelists include:
David Carr, Culture Reporter and Media Columnist, The New York Times
Henry Copeland, Business/Technology Chief, PerezHilton.com and Founder/President, Blogads
Bonnie Fuller, CEO, Bonnie Fuller Media
Sybil Goldman, VP and General Manager/Entertainment, Yahoo!
David Levine -- Executive Producer of HLN's Showbiz Tonight (HLN was formerly CNN Headline News)
Fred Mwangaguhunga, Founder & Editor, MediaTakeOut.com

The program has two sessions:
Saving and Exploiting the Franchises
Magazines are the bedrock of celebrity media, and broadcast has enjoyed a long and profitable run. But now readership is sinking and advertisers are defecting, TV ratings are stagnant and online video poses a threat. How can traditional media save core businesses while exploiting new-media opportunities?

The Disruptors: Upending Old Media
More than a thousand celebrity websites have exploded across the Internet, but few have established a unique identity or built reader loyalty. Ad spending is up but CPMs are dropping. Meanwhile, some web giants have only just discovered celebrity. And now mobile presents a whole new frontier. Who will thrive and who will dive in digital celebrity -- and how?

Registration and breakfast (from the Tribeca Grill) begins at 8:15, the program at 9:15 and concludes at 11:45.

There is no charge for attendance: attendees will be a select group of media executives, digital media entrepreneurs and a scattering of media journalists. Space at the Tribeca Film Center is strictly limited, and requests for invitations -- together with full details -- should be directed to Sam Schulman, managing director, via email.

Ken Sonenclar's White Paper, "Lost in Transition: The Revolution in Celebrity Media," is downloadable by clicking this link: DeSilva+Phillips Celebrity Media White Paper.

About DeSilva+Phillips, Mediabankers(TM):
DeSilva+Phillips is a New York -based investment bank specializing in the media, digital media and healthcare communications industries. The firm provides M&A advisory and corporate restructuring services and private placements of debt and equity to the medical and healthcare media, magazine, Internet, newspaper, book publishing, trade shows & events, information, educational, and marketing-services industries. DeSilva+Phillips has completed more than 200 transactions since 1996, most recently the March 2009 sale of its client Microsoft's subsidiary FranchiseGator. For more information visit Mediabankers.com.

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