Vanity Fair’s fourth annual New Establishment Summit will take place October 2017 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California. The Vanity Fair Summit 2017 brings together titans of technology, media, business, entertainment, politics, and the arts, to discuss current issues and innovations that are shaping the future.
Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit 2017
Editor-in-Chief of Vanity Fair
Graydon Carter has been editor of Vanity Fair since July 1992. A former staff writer for Time and Life, he co-founded Spy magazine and served as the editor of the New York Observer. Carter has been named Advertising Age’s editor of the year and is the first editor ever to be twice named Adweek magazine’s editor of the year. The author of “What We’ve Lost” (2004), he has edited nine Vanity Fair collections. He was a producer of the Broadway play “I’ll Eat You Last” (2013) and of documentaries including “Public Speaking” (2010), directed by Martin Scorsese, the Emmy-nominated “His Way” (2011), and “The Kid Stays in the Picture” (2002). He won Emmy and Peabody awards for the 2002 documentary “9/11,” about the World Trade Center attacks, which aired on CBS. In 2014, Carter was inducted into the American Society of Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame.
Actor, Producer, & Comedian
Since starting out on the NY comedy-club scene, the Brooklyn native’s dry, off-kilter sensibility has been found in his writing as well as his (more infrequent) acting. In 1999 David wrote and starred in “Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm”, a one-hour special for HBO which spawned the critically acclaimed HBO series the following year. The second season was nominated for an “Outstanding Comedy Series” Emmy®. “Curb Your Enthusiasm” is currently in its ninth season.
Television Producer, Screenwriter, & Author
Shonda Rhimes is the creator of the critically acclaimed hit ABC series “Grey’s Anatomy”, which chronicles the personal and professional lives of surgical residents in Seattle, Private Practice, which follows Addison Montgomery and her friends at Oceanside Wellness Group, and Scandal, which revolves around the life and work of a professional crisis manager and her dysfunctional staff. In August 2017, Rhimes announced that she is moving her production company Shondaland from ABC to Netflix to conceive “new series and other projects”.
CEO of AT&T
Randall Stephenson was appointed to Chief Executive Officer of AT&T in 2007. Since then, Stephenson has led the company to become a global leader in the rapidly converging telecommunications, media, and technology (TMT) space by providing integrated solutions that range from premium video entertainment, high-speed Internet and mobility to IP network services, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Today, AT&T is the largest pay TV provider in the United States and one of the largest in the world.
New York Times Columnist & Pulitzer Prize Winner
Maureen Dowd, winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary, became a columnist on The New York Times Op-Ed page in 1995 after having served as a correspondent in the paper’s Washington bureau since 1986. She has covered four presidential campaigns and served as White House correspondent. She also wrote a column, “On Washington,” for The New York Times Magazine.
Technology Journalist & Co-Founder of Recode
Kara Swisher is the executive editor of Vox Media’s tech and media site Recode, host of the Recode podcast, and co-executive producer of the Code Conference. Swisher started her career as a technology journalist covering digital issues for The Wall Street Journal. Swisher partnered with journalist Walt Mossberg to co-produce D: All Things Digital, a major high-tech conference with interviewees such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and many other leading players in the tech and media industries. Together Swisher and Mossberg served as co-executive editors of AllThingsD.com. While at AllThingsD.com, Swisher was awarded a Loeb Award for her coverage of the web service provider, Yahoo.
Chairman of Universal Pictures
Donna Langley was named Chairman of Universal Pictures in September 2013. She oversees all aspects of Universal’s production and marketing and distribution operations, including the studio’s global specialty division, Focus Features and DreamWorks Animation. Langley has been with Universal since 2001, starting as Senior Vice President of Production and subsequently serving as President of Production and Co-Chairman before her promotion to Chairman. Under Langley’s visionary leadership, Universal has evolved to break numerous industry records.
Entrepreneur and Television Personality
Mark Cuban is an entrepreneur and television personality with a history of building successful companies from the ground up. Cuban established himself as a savvy entrepreneur and businessman by profiting from the sale of multiple companies, which he founded, including a computer consulting firm called MicroSolutions and an internet sports broadcasting company called Broadcast.com. His most notable business venture was the purchase of the Dallas Mavericks. He has been credited with the revitalization of the the team’s roster and culture. Cuban currently serves as the co-owner of 2929 Entertainment and chairman of the AXS TV. He is also one of the main “shark” investors on the ABC reality television series, Shark Tank.
Deputy Editor at Vanity Fair
Stephanie Mehta is a deputy editor at Vanity Fair. She most recently served as editor of Bloomberg LIVE, the conference division of Bloomberg Media. Mehta spent 14 years at FORTUNE, starting as a senior writer and rising to the position of deputy editor. She helped set the overall direction of the magazine, with a special focus in technology, international news and policy coverage. She helped reinvent Fortune’s annual Brainstorm Tech conference, and spearheaded the international expansion of the title’s Most Powerful Women summit. Mehta joined FORTUNE in 2000 from The Wall Street Journal, where she was an assistant news editor, reporting and editing technology stories.
CEO & Co-Founder of Instagram
Kevin Systrom is the CEO and a co-founder of Instagram. The photo-sharing community has more than 700 million users today, including celebrities, newsrooms, brands, and musicians. Prior to founding Instagram, Systrom worked at Odeo, the start-up that later became Twitter, and spent two years at Google. Systrom serves on the boards of Walmart and the public radio station KCRW.
Andrew Ross Sorkin
Author & Financial Columnist at the New York Times
Andrew Ross Sorkin is a financial columnist at the New York Times and co-host of CNBC’s Squawk Box. Sorkin is heralded as the leading media expert about Wall Street and corporate America. The founder and editor-at-large of DealBook, he also is The Times’ chief mergers and acquisitions reporter and an assistant editor of business and finance news. His national bestseller, Too Big To Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System – and Themselves, was the first behind-the-scenes account of the 2007 financial crisis. Too Big to Fail won the Gerard Loeb Award for Best Business Book of the Year and stayed on The New York Times Best Seller list for over six months. The Economist, Financial Times and BusinessWeek all named Too Big To Fail one of the best books of the year. Co-produced by Sorkin, HBO adapted the book into an Emmy-nominated film with the same title.
CEO & Founder of Reformation
Yael Aflalo is the CEO and founder of Reformation, a revolutionary lifestyle brand that utilizes sustainable fabrics and practices to create cool and feminine, limited-edition collections. Reformation offers stylish eco-conscious garments, proving that fashion and sustainability can co-exist beautifully. Aflalo is dedicated to transforming current harmful retail practices by leading a sustainable revolution in the fashion industry and is paving the path for how the fashion industry defines green.
CEO & Chariman of HBO
Richard Plepler is Chairman and CEO of Home Box Office, Inc., the world’s most successful pay TV service, which provides the television networks HBO and Cinemax to over 127 million subscribers worldwide. He was named to this position in January 2013. Under his leadership, HBO’s original productions continue to raise the bar with some of the most innovative, honored, and critically respected programming on television.
Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit: Other Inspirational Speakers
- Willow Bay, Professor and Director of USC Anneneberg School of Journalism
- Nick Bilton, Technology writer for The New York Times
- Jeffrey Blackburn, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Amazon
- Julia Boorstin, Media and Entertainment Reporter at CNBC
- Sarah Ellison, Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair
- Leigh Gallagher, Assisting Managing Editor at Fortune
- Michael Govan, CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director of the Los Angeles Country Museum
- Will Guidara, Restaurateur & Co-owner of Make It Nice Hospitality Group
- Daniel Humm, Restaurateur & Co-owner of Make It Nice Hospitality Group
- Jeffrey Gundlach, CEO and CIO of DoubleLine Capital LP
- Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of LinkedIn
- Walter Issacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute
- Lisa Joy, Co-Creator & Executive Producer of HBO’s Westworld
- Brad Keywell, Co-Founder of Lightbank & Groupon
- Bethany McLean, Author & Writer at Vanity Fair
- Adam Neumann, CEO & Co-Founder of WeWork
- Jonathan Nolan, Co-Creator & Executive Producer of HBO’s Westworld
- Tom Patterson, CEO & Founder of Tommy John
- Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios
- Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, CEO and Founder of Joyus
- Krista Smith, Executive West Coast Editor at Vanity Fair
- David Zaslav, CEO & President of Discovery Communications
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