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Code/Media Comes to New York, Featuring ESPN's John Skipper and Time Inc.'s Joe Ripp

Meet the guys who run cable's most powerful network and print's biggest publishing outfit.

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.

Here at Re/code we’re still soaking up all of the fascinating stuff we saw onstage and heard in the halls at our first annual Code Conference.

But we want more! So we’re bringing our show to New York. You should join us on September 4.

Like our first Code/Media event we hosted in Santa Monica, this is going to be an evening of live journalism, featuring interviews with some of the most interesting people in media, both old and new. We’ve got two excellent speakers to announce, with more to come:

  • ESPN President John Skipper runs America’s most valuable cable network, at a time when cable is stronger than ever — but may also have hit its peak. Skipper, whose channels get the highest subscriber fees in cable, has every incentive to keep the traditional pay-TV model intact. But he’s also trying to experiment with alternative strategies. Later this year, for instance, his stuff may be available on an “over the top” Web TV service from Dish; he’s also mulling selling soccer directly to fans over the Web, Netflix-style.
  • Time Inc CEO Joe Ripp runs America’s biggest magazine company, which just left its longtime corporate home. Now his job is to convince readers, advertisers and Wall Street that a print giant has a digital future. He has plenty of skeptics, which is why we’re eager to hear him make his case in public.

If you’ve been to one of our events before, you know what to expect when we host these things: In-depth, unscripted interviews onstage; lots of interesting people to meet sitting next to you. And if you’ve never made it in person, here’s your chance.

The caveat is that the Steelcase WorkLife Center, where we’re putting on our show, has amazing views of Manhattan but a limited amount of seating. Tickets will go fast, so you should get yours now.

We’ll have more speakers to announce this summer. See you soon.

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