Monday, October 02, 2000

Capitalist Tools at Breakfast

KPMG LLP's Information, Communications & Entertainment practice and Forbes magazine featured their Executive Breakfast Roundtable on "Defining the Digital \Future" at the Forbes building. Forbes publisher Rich Karlgaard asked each speaker questions as they sat up front at a cocktail table. The morning was full of information on the convergence of cable and the Internet, and how it will affect programming. KPMG's ICE vice chair Mary Pat McCarthy and co-author of the best-selling book, Digital Transformation, opened with comments. HBO chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes spoke about the Time-Warner strategy and the AOL deal, and offered his insights on programming, content and distribution in the digital world. BMG Entertainment president and CEO Strauss Zelnick said that he didn't believe Napster would affect the purchasing power of the music industry. Other speakers were Terri Santisi, global industry leader in Media and Entertainment, ICE and Gene DeMark, northeast partner in charge, ICE.