MMA members attending the 2018 MEC

The MBA Media, Entertainment & Sports Conference is an annual event, alternately hosted by Columbia Business School and NYU Stern. The conference provides an educational and informative forum for discussions around the present state of media and entertainment and its future. Organizing the conference is a joint effort of the MBA programs at Columbia, Duke Fuqua, MIT Sloan, NYU Stern and Wharton.

The conference attracts hundreds of MBAs and media professionals from across the country for its networking opportunities, keynote speakers and panels. 

The 2023 MBA Media, Entertainment & Sports Conference will be held March 3, 2023 at NYU Stern with keynote speakers Evan Shapiro (CEO, ESHAP) and Matt Schnaars (President, Content Distribution, NBCUniversal)


Past Keynote Speakers:


Brent Weinstein, Chief Development Officer, Candle Media
Cathy Engelbert, Commissioner of the WNBA
Chris McCarthy, President and CEO, MTV Entertainment Group, Viacom CBS

Richard Plepler, Founder & CEO of Eden Productions
Richard Tofel, President, ProPublica

Bob Bakish ’89, President & CEO of Viacom and
Meredith Kopit Levien, Executive Vice President & COO of The New York Times

David Beck, Chief Strategy & Ventures Officer at Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Jon Steinberg, Founder and CEO of Cheddar

Pascal Desroches, EVP and CFO, Turner
Kathleen Grace, CEO, New Form

Ben Sherwood, Co-chair, Disney Media Networks and President, Disney|ABC Television Group
Mark Shapiro, Chief Content Officer, WME

Greg Coleman, President, BuzzFeed
Josh Sapan, President & CEO, AMC Networks

Jimmy Maymann, CEO, The Huffington Post
Steven R. Swartz, President & CEO, Hearst Corporation

Tim Armstrong, Chairman & CEO of AOL
Eric Kessler, President & COO of HBO

Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix
Peter Liguori, former COO of Discovery Networks

Leslie Moonves, President & CEO of CBS
Arthur Minson, CFO of AOL and John Martin, CFO of TimeWarner

Philippe Dauman, President and CEO of Viacom
Janet Robinson, President and CEO of The New York Times Company

Jeff Zucker, CEO of NBC Universal
Joe Uva, CEO of Univision Communications, Inc.

Randy Falco, Chairman & CEO of AOL
David Clark, EVP Advertising of Joost

Jeremy Philips, EVP of News Corporation

Richard Harrington, President & CEO of The Thomson Corporation
James Schamus, CEO of Focus Features
Robert Bakish, EVP Operations of Viacom

Michael Wolf, Director and Leader of McKinsey’s Media Practice
Don Logan, Chairman of Time Warner’s Media & Communications Group
Leo Hindery, Chairman of InterMedia Advisors & former Chairman of YES Network
Mike Ficklas, EVP & General Counsel of Viacom

Don Graham, Chairman & CEO, The Washington Post Company
Jack Valenti, former President & CEO, Motion Picture Association of America