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Jason Kilar Brings Vessel, YouTube's Newest Challenger, to Code/Media

The guy who built Hulu is trying to make a second splash in Web video. He'll tell us why, and how he plans to do it, live onstage next month. You should be there.

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.

Jason Kilar built and ran Hulu, one of the most important sites in the the history of Web video.

Which explains why lots of people are taking him seriously as he tries to do it again. His new effort, Vessel, hasn’t launched yet, but it’s already on the minds of the executives at YouTube — the world’s biggest Web video site and the one Kilar is gunning for with his new venture.

Other folks are simply curious to see what someone with his track record and funding — to start with, he’s got $75 million from backers including Jeff Bezos — will be able to do.

Count us among the “really interested” group. Which is why we’re very excited to bring Kilar to Code/Media, our conference dedicated to the intersection of media and technology, next month.

This will be Kilar’s first onstage interview since he started Vessel, so we’ll have plenty to discuss about what he’s up to now and what he learned from his tenure at Hulu, where he generated many admirers — and ruffled some feathers.

He’ll fit right in with Code/Media’s lineup of influential and intriguing speakers. A sampler: Netflix star Chelsea Handler, Universal Music CEO Lucian Grainge, Medium (and Twitter) founder Ev Williams, Facebook product boss Chris Cox and New York Times CEO Mark Thompson. They’ll join Kara Swisher, Walt Mossberg and myself onstage for live, unscripted interviews; offstage we’ll have plenty of opportunities to meet some of the most interesting people grappling with the future of media, and tech’s crucial role in the way that plays out.

We’re meeting up on Feb. 17 and 18 at the stunning Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel, Calif. We’ve got a few slots left, so grab one now. We’ll see you there.

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