John Heilemann writes “The Power Grid” column for New York magazine, as well as longer features. An award-winning journalist and author, he has covered politics, business, and their intersection for nearly two decades, in America and abroad. His recent cover stories for New York have included “Obama Is From Mars, Wall Street Is From Venus,” a look at the dysfunctional relationship between Obama and Wall Street and the push for financial reform; “Obama Lost, Obama Found,” an assessment of the president’s first year in the Oval Office; and “Inside Obama’s Economic Brain Trust,” on the White House’s efforts to rescue the American economy from ruin.
Heilemann’s book about the 2008 presidential election, “Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime,” coauthored with Time’s Mark Halperin was published by HarperCollins in January 2010; it spent seven weeks in the #1 spot on the New York Times best seller list. Game Change is being developed into a movie by HBO Films, and Heilemann and Halperin are set to write a sequel covering the 2012 election for Penguin.
Heilemann is a former correspondent and columnist for The Economist and Wired (where his coverage of the Microsoft antitrust trial made him a finalist for a National Magazine Award) and a former staff writer for The New Yorker. His book Pride Before the Fall: The Trials of Bill Gates and the End of the Microsoft Era was named by BusinessWeek (among others) as one of the best books of 2001. His four-part documentary on the World Wide Web aired on Discovery in 2008.
Heilemann’s writing has been anthologized in “The Best American Political Writing” three times (2005, 2007, and 2008) and in “The Best American Crime Writing” (2006). He appears regularly as a commentator on Morning Joe, The Chris Matthews Show, Hardball, and Charlie Rose, as well as other shows on CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. A native of Los Angeles, he lives in Brooklyn.
Reed Hastings co-founded Netflix in 1997 and launched the subscription service in 1999. Netflix grew to one million subscribers in less than four years, and reached 12.3 million subscribers by the end of 2009.
In nine out of ten surveys since 2005 Netflix has been ranked number one in customer satisfaction across all of ecommerce by independent researcher ForeSee Results. In 2010, the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ASCI) ranked Netflix number one for customer satisfaction among all e-retail, e-brokerage and e-travel sites. In the fall of 2005, Netflix was the winner of Fast Company’s national Customers First Award, with Reed appearing on the cover of the October issue.
Also in 2005, Time magazine added Reed to its “Time 100” list of the 100 most influential global citizens. Newsweek wrote that “Netflix revolutionized the way we watch movies.” In March 2010, Barron’s included Reed among its 30 most respected CEOs of the year.
In March 2007 Reed was appointed to Microsoft Corp.’s board of directors and he was inducted into the Video Business Hall of Fame in December.
Earlier in his career, Reed founded Pure Software, which he built into one of the world’s 50 largest public software companies. After a successful public offering and a number of acquisitions, Pure was acquired by Rational Software in 1997.
Reed is an active educational philanthropist and board member of many non-profits. In addition, he was President of the California State Board of Education from 2000 to 2004. He has led successful statewide political campaigns for more charter public schools and easier passage of local school bonds.
Reed received a BA from Bowdoin College in 1983 and an MSCS degree from Stanford University in 1988. He holds several patents. Between Bowdoin and Stanford, Reed served in the U.S. Peace Corps as a high school math teacher in Swaziland.
Peter Chernin currently owns and runs Chernin Entertainment, which produces motion pictures and television programs, and The Chernin Group, which pursues strategic opportunities in media, technology, and entertainment.
Prior to starting Chernin Entertainment and The Chernin Group in 2009, Mr. Chernin served as President and Chief Operating Officer of News Corporation, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Fox Group, where he oversaw the global operations of the company’s film, television, satellite, cable, and digital media businesses.
Under his leadership, News Corporation gained a reputation as one of the most successful, forward-thinking media companies of its time. With a primary focus on the company’s entertainment and digital assets, Mr. Chernin helped catapult virtually all the company’s businesses into leadership positions. Twentieth Century Fox Film celebrated consistent record operating profits and was home to one of the most critically acclaimed specialty labels, Fox Searchlight. The Fox Broadcasting Company held the number one position in all key demographics year after year. Twentieth Century Fox Television grew to be the leading supplier of entertainment programming. And the company’s cable and satellite programming experienced explosive growth – reaching hundreds of millions of people around the globe in less than 10 years.
While at News Corp, Mr. Chernin played an instrumental role in preparing the company for the digital age. He led the company’s highly successful expansion into the broadband and mobile markets, through the creation of Fox Interactive Media, Hulu, Jamba, and other digital properties.
Mr. Chernin has gained a reputation as an executive with a unique mastery of both the creative and corporate sides of the media business. Prior to his President and COO post at News Corporation, he headed Twentieth Century Fox Filmed Entertainment and, earlier, the Fox Broadcasting Company. He has also had oversight of Fox’s tremendous growth in sports, cable and general entertainment television programming and distribution in the U.S. and internationally.
Prior to joining News Corporation, Mr. Chernin served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Lorimar Film Entertainment. Earlier, he was Executive Vice President, Programming and Marketing for Showtime/The Movie Channel Inc. Previously, Mr. Chernin was in television production and book publishing.
Mr. Chernin sits on the Boards of American Express and Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He is also Chairman of Malaria No More, a non-profit dedicated to ending deaths due to malaria.
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