A standing room only crowd packed the Alumni House in Washington, DC for the GEMA panel discussion, The Entertainment Industry on the Hill: Key Issues and Trends in Today’s Media Landscape on May 6, 2014. The panelists provided a lively discussion about the hottest issues impacting the expanding media industry today as well as legal/policy battles that will transform what is ahead.
The distinguished alumni panel included James Assey (L’96), Executive Vice President of the National Cable Television Association, David Don (F’93, L’96), Vice President Regulatory Policy, Comcast, Troy Dow (L ’99), Vice President and Counsel, Government Relations and IP Legal Policy & Strategy, Walt Disney Company, Erin Dozier (L ’98), Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, National Association of Broadcasters, Steven Fabrizio (B ’85, L ’88), Senior Executive Vice President & Global General Counsel, Motion Picture Association of America.
The event began with the panelists providing insights into their professions, their passion for the industry, and the role that Georgetown played in their career paths. Then Paul Jackson (C ’94), Principal, Jackson Consulting Group, moderated a thought-provoking discussion which covered a range of topics including protection of content owners/creators, net neutrality, the Aereo case and its impact on broadcasters and content providers, the intersection between society, technology, entertainment, and business, the internet’s ever-expanding role in society and regulation versus evolving self-regulation.
The panelists engaged in a lively Q&A with GEMA members and continued the discussion at a reception in the Alumni House.
The latest in the GEMA DC’s Speaker Series,, these discussions are designed to bring together entertainment and media professionals with various points of view to discuss trends and build camaraderie. GEMA would like to thank Alumni Career Services for their support in producing this event.
By Mitch Peyser (MBA ’98)