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Allen & Co.'s Sun Valley Media Mogul Guest List Includes Zuckerberg, Iger, Gates, Diller, Hastings

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio | Thompson on Hollywood July 3, 2013 at 1:54PM

Allen & Co.'s annual Sun Valley Conference, now in its 31st year, kicks off later this month. It's a mogul summer camp where the world's power players gather to talk shop, dress casual and rub elbows in the splendor of Idaho summer. Among those on the creme-de-la-creme guest list are tech moguls Bill Gates, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and bestselling author Sheryl Sandberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Reed Hastings of Netflix and IAC’s Barry Diller.
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Jeffrey Katzenberg and Herbert Allen
Jeffrey Katzenberg and Herbert Allen

Allen & Co.'s annual Sun Valley Conference, now in its 31st year, kicks off later this month. It's a mogul summer camp where the world's power players gather to talk shop, dress casual and rub elbows in the splendor of Idaho summer. Among those on the creme-de-la-creme guest list are tech moguls Bill Gates, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and bestselling author Sheryl Sandberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Reed Hastings of Netflix and IAC’s Barry Diller.

Ron Meyer
Ron Meyer

Entertainment media attendees include Disney's Bob Iger, News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch, Jeff Bewkes of Time Warner, Viacom chief Philippe Dauman, Legendary’s Thomas Tull (currently figuring out his post-Warner Bros. strategy), Imagine’s Brian Grazer, DreamWorks Animation’s Jeffrey Katzenberg, Universal’s Ron Meyer, and CAA’s Bryan Lourd. 

On the political side, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and Newark mayor Cory Booker will join at this intersect of media and politics in which, historically, major deals have been brokered including Comcast's purchase of NBC Universal, Michael Eisner's Disney buy of ABC, and Zuckerberg's $100 million donation to Newark schools in the wake of "The Social Network."

Herb Allen plays genial host at his estate in the northwestern resort city; his firm is also bringing new key players into the mix such as Ynon Kreiz of the Multi Channel network Maker Studios and Mark Pincus from the online social gaming platform Zynga.

This article is related to: Sun Valley, Reed Hastings, Bill Gates, Bob Iger


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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.