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Sony's Michael Lynton, Machine Zone's Gabe Leydon and Chartbeat's Tony Haile Are Coming to Code/Media 2016

Deep insight into movies, music, TV, games and Web publishing: All onstage in February. You should be there, too.

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.

2015 is winding down, but at Re/code we are ramping up our plans for next year’s Code/Media conference, dedicated to exploring what happens when technology upends the media business. It’s going be fascinating and fun. You should join us!

We’ve already shared some of the movers and shakers coming onstage with Kara Swisher, Walt Mossberg and me in Laguna Niguel, Calif., next February 17 and 18 — including Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins, Vevo CEO Erik Huggers and Financial Times CEO John Ridding.

Time to tell you about three more fascinating speakers:

  • A year ago, Michael Lynton was in the middle of that devastating hack. But the CEO of Sony Entertainment is trying to put that behind him and get back to running a major movie studio, television studio and music label. That also means he’s thinking about the way technology is rapidly reshaping all of those businesses. If you saw our interview with Lynton in 2013, you’ll know that he’s thoughtful and candid when it comes to this stuff; we’re very excited about getting him back for another chat.
  • Gabe Leydon runs Machine Zone, the company behind Game of War — one of the world’s most popular and lucrative mobile games. Not coincidentally, Machine Zone is also the company behind ads you see every time you turn on your phone or check Facebook — and, increasingly, when you turn on your TV. Leydon will explain how a game company creates a giant franchise from scratch, and then keeps it going, using a playbook it invented itself.
  • Tony Haile runs Chartbeat, the tool Web publishers use to track what’s happening on their sites in real time. That means Haile can see how Web publishers really work — where their readers come from, what they read and how long they stick around. The answers are eye-opening, and he’ll share them with us in a special presentation.

We’ll have more bold-faced names to share with you shortly and into the beginning of next year. All of them will be joining us for candid, unscripted conversations about what’s really happening in the media world.

But the other great thing about Code/Media is that the people sitting next to you are fascinating, too: Entrepreneurs, executives and investors all trying to get a handle on a landscape that constantly changes. We’ll give you plenty of time to meet each other.

If this sounds good to you, we agree. The fact that it’s all happening in a stunning resort in Southern California in February doesn’t hurt, either. So sign up here, and we’ll see you there.

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