I love writing about the intersection of media and technology because it’s never, ever boring: Two years ago, Time Warner said it made no sense to sell HBO on the Web; now it thinks HBO on the Web is a great idea.
The only thing I like more than writing about this stuff is talking to the people who are right in the middle of it: The people who make and distribute media, and the people who want to figure out new ways to do all of that.
Code/Media is a day and a half of our trademark live journalism — onstage, unscripted interviews with the most interesting, influential people in the business. In the past, we’ve had everyone from Twitter’s Dick Costolo to Dish Network’s Charlie Ergen to Neil Young — yup, that Neil Young — join us onstage to talk about the way technology is upending the media world.
This year we’re going to have another compelling group of guests. Here’s a sample of who you’ll see onstage:
- Chelsea Handler was the only woman to succeed in late-night TV. Now she’s going to try something entirely new: Create a late-night-style talk show for Netflix, scheduled to start in 2016.
- Mark Thompson became the CEO of the New York Times in 2012, and he has had a very full plate since then. His newest challenge: Trying to figure out how to fix the paper’s digital growth plan.
- Nick Denton’s pioneering Gawker Media boasts eight sites and 80 million visitors a month. His new, surprising, self-described role: “We are the guardians of independent media.”
- Ze Frank was one of the first people to figure out Web video. Now he’s using those skills at BuzzFeed, which has quickly become a Web video giant. He’ll talk about movie-making with veteran screenwriter — “Go,” “Big Fish,” “Charlie’s Angels” — and entrepreneur John August.
And like all of our events, you’ll learn just as much from the people who are offstage. The folks who come to our conferences can be just as interesting as our guests, and we’ll give you plenty of time to meet each other.
Oh, and all of this happens in a pretty spectacular setting: The Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel, right on the Pacific. It’s a very nice place to spend two days in February. Sign up now — there’s a registration discount for early birds — and we’ll see you there in a few months.
This article originally appeared on Recode.net.