• Welcome to EMC 2014 Media Summit!

    January 31st, 2014

    The HBS Entertainment and Media Club is proud to present the 2013 Entertainment and Media Summit, featuring Keynote Speaker Kevin Tsujihara and many others at the Harvard Business School.

    Each year EMC seeks to unite the community of present and future business leaders who share a common vision of advancing the landscape of Entertainment and Media. The conference draws some 1,000 attendees from all walks of entertainment and media. Participants include CEOs, CTOs, a broad range of media and press representatives, and students from around the world.

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  • Featuring Panels on:

    • Entertainment and Media Finance

    • Film

    • Music

    • Digital Media

    • TV

    • Latino Media

  • Headliners

    Nineteen-year Studio veteran Kevin Tsujihara became Chief Executive Officer of Warner Bros. in March 2013. In this role, he oversees worldwide operations, including film, television and video game production, marketing and distribution for one of the most innovative and successful entertainment companies in the world. More/Less

    Warner Bros., a Time Warner Company, is a global leader in every type of entertainment and their related businesses across all current and emerging media and platforms. The Studio stands at the forefront of every aspect of the industry from feature film, television and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to DVD, Blu-ray, digital distribution, animation, comic books, product and brand licensing, and broadcasting.

    Prior to serving as CEO, Tsujihara was President of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, which includes the Studio's home video, digital distribution, video games, anti-piracy, and emerging technology operations, a post he'd held since WBHE's founding in October 2005.

    Under Tsujihara's leadership, WBHE dominated the home entertainment sector and ranked as the market share leader in packaged media and digital distribution in the U.S. and abroad. To complement its packaged goods business, Warner Bros. has implemented and continues to explore innovative ways to distribute content across various digital platforms and improve the value of ownership for consumers. In addition to being the first studio to implement a successful windowing strategy for the subscription and kiosk rental market, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, under Tsujihara's leadership, aggressively moved into the digital space, pioneering both domestic and international day-and-date VOD. He also shepherded the Studio's acquisition of Flixster and aligned its efforts with major Hollywood studios and leading technology companies to become the first studio to launch UltraViolet. From movies and television to videogames, the Studio's content is now available on a wide variety of platforms including iTunes worldwide, numerous cable and satellite providers, Xbox LIVE and more.

    During his tenure at WBHE, Tsujihara also guided significant deals in the games space, including the acquisitions of Turbine, TT Games, Snowblind Studios, the assets of Midway Games, and Rocksteady Studios. Acquiring the right combination of talent and IP necessary to build great games, while utilizing the existing global infrastructure of Warner Home Video, Warner Bros. has rapidly become a large-scale, full-service global games publisher.

    Previous to WBHE, Tsujihara served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Business Development & Strategy, Warner Bros. Entertainment and, before that, Executive Vice President, New Media, responsible for the oversight of all Warner Bros.' new media endeavors. He joined Warner Bros. in 1994 as Director, Special Projects, Finance. He later went on to assist in the management of the company's interest in Six Flags.

    Tsujihara received his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Southern California and his MBA from Stanford University. Upon attaining his MBA from Stanford, Tsujihara founded QuickTax, Inc., an internet company specializing in applying the convenience of the Internet to functions such as the electronic filing of tax and financial data, and retail tax preparation as well. Prior to attending Stanford, he spent four years as a manager in Ernst & Young's entertainment division, working in the audit and merger and acquisitions areas.

    In addition to his professional commitments, Tsujihara sits on the Boards of Directors for the MPAA, City Year Los Angeles (an education-focused, nonprofit organization), the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission, the Verdugo Hills Hospital Foundation, the Entertainment Software Association, and Kabam (a developer of free-to-play online games). He is also a member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council.
    Richard Plepler is CEO of Home Box Office, Inc., responsible for the overall management of the world's most successful pay TV service, which provides the two television networks – HBO and Cinemax – to over 114 million subscribers worldwide. He was named to this position in January 2013. More/Less

    Renowned worldwide, the HBO and Cinemax services offer the most popular subscription video-on-demand products, HBO On Demand® and Cinemax On Demand® as well as HBO GO® and MAX GO®, HD feeds and multiplex channels. Internationally, HBO branded television networks, along with the subscription video-on-demand products HBO On Demand and HBO GO, bring HBO services to over 60 countries. HBO programming is sold into over 150 countries globally.

    As co-president, Plepler, in partnership with Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming, greenlit some of HBO's most acclaimed and successful series including True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, The Newsroom and Game of Thrones, which rank among the top programs in the network's history, as well as first season Emmy® Awards for Girls and Veep. Additional award-winning programs include the miniseries Mildred Pierce, starring Kate Winslet, and Generation Kill; HBO Films' Too Big To Fail, Temple Grandin, Taking Chance, Grey Gardens, Game Change and You Don't Know Jack. Plepler also shepherded Cinemax's first foray into primetime originals with the popular action series Strike Back.

    Plepler is a member of both the Council on Foreign Relations, where he serves on the President's Advisory Board, and The Trilateral Commission. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Asia Society and the New York Public Library, and is on the National Advisory Board of the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

    He received his BA in Government from Franklin and Marshall College in 1981 and then joined the staff of Senator Christopher Dodd from 1981-1984. Plepler later founded RLP, Inc., his own consultancy specializing in strategic communication and production from 1985-1992. He joined HBO in 1992 as senior vice president, Corporate Communications; promoted to executive vice president, Corporate Communications, in 1997; named executive vice president, HBO, in 2002; and elevated to co-president, HBO, in 2007.

    Plepler resides in New York City with his wife Lisa and daughter Eden.
    Patricia Fili-Krushel serves as Chairman of NBCUniversal News Group, the most influential and respected portfolio of on-air and digital news properties in the world, reaching more than 120M viewers each month. She reports directly to Steve Burke, CEO of NBCUniversal. More/Less

    The News Group includes such assets as NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC and the Weather Channel as well as digital platforms including NBC News Digital, MSNBC.com and CNBC.com.

    Previously, Ms. Fili-Krushel was Executive Vice President of NBCUniversal with a broad portfolio of functions reporting to her, including Operations and Technical Services, Business Strategy, Human Resources and Legal.

    Prior to NBCUniversal, Ms. Fili-Krushel was Executive Vice President of Administration at Time Warner Inc. Her responsibilities included oversight of philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, human resources, worldwide recruitment, employee development and growth, compensation and benefits, and security. Ms. Fili-Krushel was responsible for launching shared services across the company for IT, real estate and facilities, and HR systems.

    Before joining Time Warner in July 2001, Ms. Fili-Krushel had been CEO of WebMD Health since April 2000.

    From July 1998 to April 2000, Ms. Fili-Krushel was President of the ABC Television Network. ABC Television Network’s ranking improved from third to first in the ratings during her tenure. Prior to becoming President of the ABC Television Network, Ms. Fili-Krushel was President of ABC Daytime, and was responsible for introducing the daytime talk show “The View” and for leading ABC’s daytime programming schedule to the number one position among women 18-49 years old. While at ABC, she conceived and orchestrated SoapNet, a 24-hour soap opera cable network.

    Before joining ABC in 1993, Ms. Fili-Krushel had been with Lifetime Television since 1988 as both Group Vice President of Hearst/ABC-Viacom Entertainment Services (HAVES), and Senior Vice President of Programming and Production of Lifetime Television. Prior to Lifetime, Ms. Fili-Krushel held several positions with Home Box Office, culminating her tenure as Vice President of Business Affairs and Production. Before joining HBO, Ms. Fili-Krushel worked for ABC Sports in various positions.

    Ms. Fili-Krushel holds a B.S. degree from St. John’s University and an M.B.A. degree from Fordham University.

    In September 2012, Ms. Fili-Krushel made her second appearance on Fortune’s “50 Most Powerful Women” list. She has been recognized by New York Women in Communications, Inc. through their Matrix Awards for her contribution to the field of broadcasting. In 2006, she was inducted into the Museum of Television & Radio’s “She Made It” Collection. She received the prestigious Vision Award for her contributions on behalf of the creative arts. The City of New York awarded Ms. Fili-Krushel the Crystal Apple Award for her distinctive career achievements and contributions to the entertainment community in New York. In 1993, she received the Women in Film Muse Award.

    Ms. Fili-Krushel serves on the Board of the Dollar General Corporation. She also serves as Vice Chair of The Public Theater of New York where she is a member of the Executive Committee as well as Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee. She also serves on Mayor Bloomberg’s Commission on Women’s Issues.

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