clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Code/Media 2016 Is Coming, and Hulu, Vevo and MLB Will Be There

Join Bob Bowman, Mike Hopkins, Erik Huggers and many more next February in California.

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.

Want to get a handle on what’s happening at the intersection of media and technology?

Me too! That’s why I spend as much time as possible talking to the people who are making things happen in the middle of that maelstrom.

And that’s the idea behind Re/code’s annual Code/Media conference: We find the most interesting, powerful and provocative people who work where media and tech collide, and we talk to them, on and off stage. Kara Swisher, Walt Mossberg and I are putting together the next edition of the event next February 17 and 18, in Southern California. You should join us.

The 2015 version of Code/Media featured candid, unscripted conversations with everyone from New York Times CEO Mark Thompson to TV-turned-Netflix star Chelsea Handler to Twitter and Medium’s Ev Williams. We also got Facebook product head Chris Cox to lay out (some) of Facebook’s plan to reshape the media world.

Expect more of the same in February. Here’s a sample of the speakers we’ve lined up for you this time:

  • Bob Bowman is the CEO of MLB Advanced Media, which used to be the company that let you watch pro baseball games on the Web. Now it’s a streaming video giant powering everyone from HBO to pro wrestling’s WWE Network; by the time we talk to Bowman in February, it should also be a standalone company worth billions, with aspirations to take on ESPN.
  • Mike Hopkins runs Hulu, which used to be a pioneering Web video service, then looked liked it was headed toward irrelevance because of Big Media infighting. Now its Big Media owners have decided they’d like to own a rival to Netflix and Amazon, and Hopkins — who hails from Big Media himself — is helping them build a convincing one.
  • Erik Huggers thought he was going to run a Web TV service at Intel, but that didn’t pan out. Now he has an equally difficult task: As the CEO of Vevo, the music video giant, he has to get the big music labels and YouTube to get along. Maybe he can look to Facebook for some help.

We’ll have more names for you very soon — and no, they won’t all be men who run Web video companies.* And like all of Re/code’s events, you’ll learn just as much from people you’ll see offstage: The executives, entrepreneurs and investors who join us each year are as interesting as our onstage guests. We’ll give you plenty of time to meet each other.

Code/Media is also going to happen in a pretty amazing place: The Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Nigel, right on the Pacific. Trust us — it’s a very good spot to spend two days in February.

Sign up now to take advantage of an early registration discount. We’ll see you there in a few months.

* Not that there’s anything wrong with that!

This article originally appeared on

Sign up for the newsletter Today, Explained

Understand the world with a daily explainer plus the most compelling stories of the day.