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The Museum of Television & Radio Announces Speaker Lineup for the 2006-2007 MTR INDUSTRY FORUM in Los Angeles

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Los Angeles, CA—The Museum of Television & Radio announced today the speakers confirmed for the fourth season of the MTR Industry Forum, the Museum's executive speaker series for the next generation of media, entertainment, and business professionals. The 2006-2007 MTR Industry Forum lineup in Los Angeles kicks off with a cocktail reception featuring Ben Silverman, chief executive officer of Reveille, Inc. and executive producer of The Office (NBC), 30 Days (FX) and Ugly Betty (ABC) on Wednesday, October 18, 2006. Other speakers include Ted Harbert, president and chief executive officer of E! Networks; David Katz, head of Yahoo! Sports and Yahoo! Studios; Ross Levinsohn, president of Fox Interactive Media; Neal Tiles, president of G4TV; and Andrea Wong, executive vice president, Alternative Programming, Specials & Latenight at ABC Entertainment Television Group.

Initiated in 2003 by Nancy Josephson, partner at Endeavor Agency LLC, and Gary Newman, president of Twentieth Century Fox Television—both members of the Museum's Los Angeles Board of Governors—the MTR Industry Forum was created to facilitate discussions about current and future trends in the entertainment industry and provide networking opportunities for the next generation of media, entertainment, and business leaders.  With the fourth season starting this October, the series at the Museum offers these executives the opportunity to engage in open dialogues not only with their peers, but also with prominent leaders from the media and entertainment communities. 

"MTR continues to offer numerous programs for industry professionals in converging areas of the media. The Industry Forum is a very successful initiative from the Los Angeles Board of Governors for the Museum, and we look forward to another great season with this year's cutting-edge speakers," said Barbara Dixon, vice president and director of The Museum of Television & Radio in Los Angeles.                                          

"The Museum's Industry Forum is a formidable networking series in this town, and it is very rewarding to see our concept continue to grow each year," commented Josephson.

Newman also added, "It is extremely fulfilling to work with the Museum to provide a forum in which today's executives running networks, production companies, studios, and agencies can share insights and experiences with the next generation of industry leaders."

Executives who are interested in attending the MTR Industry Forum should contact Shane Rosamonda at 310.786.1029 or by Friday, October 6, 2006.

The Museum of Television & Radio, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. Founded by William S. Paley in 1976, MTR draws upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community to explore and explain the intersections between media and society. Through the MTR Media Center and the International Council, MTR develops new initiatives and fosters partnerships around the world. The general public and industry professionals can access the collection and participate in programs at both of MTR's locations that celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities and leaders who are shaping the media landscape. For more information, please visit

The Museum of Television & Radio in New York, located at 25 West 52 Street in Manhattan, is open Tuesdays through Sundays from noon to 6:00 p.m. and until 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays. The Museum of Television & Radio in California, located at 465 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills, is open Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 5:00 p.m. Both Museums are closed on New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Suggested contribution: Members free; $10.00 for adults; $8.00 for senior citizens and students; and $5.00 for children under fourteen. Admission is free in Los Angeles. The public areas in both Museums are accessible to wheelchairs, and assisted listening devices are available. Programs are subject to change. You may call the Museum in New York at 212.621.6800, or in Los Angeles at 310.786.1000. Visit the Museum's website at