Center for Media at Risk, Annenberg School for Communication; Media, Inequality & Change Center, Annenberg; MediaPost, Trade Association Partners: Association of Magazine Media, Digital Content Next, Digital Entertainment Group, National Association of Broadcasters, News Media Alliance


In its fourth year, the Media Future Summit was founded by journalist Bob Garfield to seek and cultivate ethical, sustainable business models and revenue streams ensuring a robust media sector, especially journalism, as a crucial element of democracy.


A daylong-long summit (and a dinner the night before) of owners, C-suite executives and scholars engaged in conversation and spirited debate. It is not a passive experience; the formal program in the form of panels and keynotes is a point of departure for the back-and-forth among the delegates.


MFS is an invitation-only event. Prospective delegates can be tapped by co-hosts, trade-association partners or the organizers. All delegates must purchase badges, which fund the event, and all participants must commit to attending the entire day


As always, the speakers are plucked from the delegation. Everyone at MFS is a delegate first. The experts and elites on the stage are no more expert and elite than their 80 colleagues at the banquet tables. The exceptions are our keynote speakers, who in past years have included Alec Baldwin, Preet Bharara, Ken Auletta, Nonny de la Pena and other luminaries.


In a slight departure from previous years, the agenda will focus entirely on a somewhat speculative but very likely near future in which 1) the Facebook/Google duopoly has been significantly altered by legislation, litigation, regulation or the threat thereof, 2) block chain technology has driven layers of ad tech from the advertising supply chain, 3) and has also facilitated a micropayment/token a la carte pay-per-view architecture based on ad impressions or, increasingly 4) attention.


A delegate badge costs $1500. This covers the hard cost of organizing the event.