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Four More Moguls for Code/Media: Warner Bros.' Tsujihara, Universal Music's Grainge, Peter Chernin and Mark Cuban

We're gathering the most interesting people at the intersection of media and technology in February. You should join us.

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.

Remember when we told you about a bunch of great speakers coming to our Code/Media conference, and promised we’d have other great names to announce?

Re/code keeps its promises! Here are four more fascinating people working at the intersection of tech and media, who will join Walt Mossberg, Kara Swisher and me at our two-day event in Southern California next February :

  • Kevin Tsujihara worked his way up the Warner Bros. ladder by running its low-profile, high-profit home video business — and dealing with digital distributors like Apple and Amazon. Last year he surprised Hollywood by landing the CEO job for the movie and TV powerhouse; now he has to remake it. Our chat will be the first time he has taken onstage questions from a journalist since he got the gig.
  • Lucian Grainge runs the world’s biggest music label, which means he has lots of power — and lots of problems. The bad news: It’s 15 years after the Napster era, and music sales are still slipping. The good: Streaming services like Spotify are catching on, and some people are even willing to pay to listen to their favorite songs. The Universal Music Group CEO thinks he can find more customers, with the help of Silicon Valley.
  • Peter Chernin used to be best-known as Rupert Murdoch’s longtime No. 2 at News Corp. Now, his Chernin Media Group has the makings of a new conglomerate, creating box office hits like the “Planet of the Apes” reboots and investing in tech companies like SoundCloud, Flipboard and Medium. This year he teamed up with AT&T to create Otter Media, a group of Web video services that includes Fullscreen and Crunchyroll; it sure looks like he wants to make bigger digital video bets as well.
  • Mark Cuban made lots of money during the first Web boom, just like lots of people. Unlike many of his peers, he figured out how to keep his windfall — made by selling to Yahoo in 1999 — and now does lots of interesting things with it. Cuban’s portfolio includes the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, AXS TV and the Landmark Theater chain. His newest venture: Living life as a TV star, courtesy of his lead role in ABC’s hit reality show “Shark Tank.”

Four media moguls, all trying to adapt as technology remakes the media landscape. Which means they’ll fit in perfectly with the rest of our impressive roster, which includes comedy (and Netflix) star Chelsea Handler, Gawker Media founder Nick Denton, New York Times CEO Mark Thompson and Evan Williams, the man who brought us Blogger, Twitter and Medium.

They’re all gathering with us at the stunning Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel, right on the Pacific, on February 17 and 18. And we’ll have yet more names to announce over the next couple months! But no need to wait: Sign up now to make sure you get a spot.

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