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Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 6, 2012 at 2:31PM

Allen & Co.'s annual summer Sun Valley, Idaho event next week, where the world's top media moguls gather to talk shop and enjoy swanky outdoor family activities, has a guest list that includes billionaires Warren Buffet, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg.
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Allen & Co.'s annual summer Sun Valley, Idaho event starts next week. As usual, it's where the world's top media moguls gather to talk shop and enjoy swanky outdoor family activities, joining a who's who guest list. This year that includes billionaires Warren Buffet, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg.

Rupert Murdoch, Google chairman Eric Schmidt, Amazon chief exec Jeff Bezos and Apple CEO Tim Cook are also on the roster for mogul Herbert Allen's sunny conference, along with New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The Sun Valley gathering has been the site of some of the media world's biggest deals, including cabler Comcast's purchase of NBC Universal. Remember when Zuckerberg donated $100 million to Newark schools a week prior to the release of "The Social Network"? The wheels of that deal began turning at Sun Valley, when the Facebook tycoon was introduced to Booker.

Other attendees to Sun Valley, now in its 30th year, include NBC CEO Les Moonves, IACI Chairman Barry Diller, Dreamworks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and Michael Eisner.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.