Want to get smarter about media, fast? Come see Ben Thompson at Code Media 2017.


The man behind the Stratechery newsletter is making a rare appearance. So is Marcus Samuelsson, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht and Google ad boss Philipp Schindler.

More confused than ever about the state of the media and tech? We know the feeling. That’s why we love reading Ben Thompson, the razor-sharp analyst behind the influential Stratechery newsletter.

And that’s why we’re very excited that he’ll be joining us for a rare in-person presentation at our 2017 Code Media conference, where he can help us make sense of landscape that seems to get more fraught, and exciting, daily.

He’ll be joining Kara Swisher, Walt Mossberg and myself, along an all-star cast of the most interesting people at the intersection of media and tech on February 13 and 14 at the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel, California. You should be there, too.

Thompson is a one-man knowledge factory, used by a who’s who in tech and media to help figure out everything from Facebook’s impact on publishers to Amazon’s ambitions beyond retail.

Normally that insight stays locked up in a subscription newsletter, so we’re delighted Thompson will be coming onstage to share his big brain with our audience.

They’ll hear from plenty of other smart people, too: That’s the whole point of this thing. Other new speakers we’re adding to our lineup include:

Starz CEO Chris Albrecht: He’s the programmer who turned HBO into a TV giant, by launching hit series like “The Sopranos” and “Sex and the City.” Now he’s quietly trying to repeat that feat for John Malone’s pay channel.

Marcus Samuelsson: One of the world’s most-admired chefs is also one of its best-known, thanks to a thoughtful media strategy that has made him a fixture on TV and on bookshelves. Now he’s trying to navigate a food world where Instagram and Facebook videos have become as important as tasting menus.

Google chief business officer Philipp Schindler: If you’re spending money on digital advertising, there are very good odds he’s going get some of it, since Google generates more than $70 billion in ad revenue a year. But he wants much more.

They’ll join a great group we’ve already announced, which includes Apple media boss Eddy Cue, Amazon video boss Roy Price, and leaders from BuzzFeed, National Geographic Channel, AwesomenessTV and more. You’ll hear about more, soon, but no need to wait: You can secure your spot now. See you soon.

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