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Netflix Summons Entertainment Moguls to an Internet TV Summit

It's at a Utah resort next month. You're not invited.

Asa Mathat
Peter Kafka covers media and technology, and their intersection, at Vox. Many of his stories can be found in his Kafka on Media newsletter, and he also hosts the Recode Media podcast.

Reed Hastings wants to talk about the future of TV. So he’s asking the people who run movie studios, TV networks and entertainment conglomerates to join him for a private chat.

The Netflix CEO has invited many of the top executives in the TV and film world, along with some representatives from hardware and Internet companies, to a gathering at a Utah resort next month. Invitations to the event, distributed to the likes of CBS CEO Les Moonves and HBO CEO Richard Plepler, say that Hastings and Netflix content boss Ted Sarandos want to discuss the future of TV.

Some invitees believe Hastings is also planing on releasing some of Netflix’s closely-held audience data as part of the event, which starts on December 11. But Netflix executives say that’s not the case. They say they’re imagining the gathering as their version of Google’s “Zeitgeist” events, where the search giant gathers clients and various luminaries for a private conference.

“This is a one-day discussion on the future of Internet TV, bringing together our friends from the entertainment and technology industries,” says Netflix spokesman Jonathan Friedland.

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