1:58pm PT by Chris Gardner
Shonda Rhimes, Larry David and Kevin Systrom to Appear at New Establisment Summit in L.A.
Graydon Carter and his Vanity Fair are heading west with a flagship event.
The veteran editor revealed today that VF's fourth annual New Establishment Summit is setting up shop in L.A. for the first time, with a 2017 event at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills on Oct. 2-4.
Presented by Condé Nast, the summit puts leaders on the stage in conversation about buzz-worthy subjects. All fields are represented, from politics and business to technology and entertainment. But not everyone is welcome: The event is invitation only, though unlike the mag's ever-hot Oscar party, wannabe attendees can request an invitation here. Discovery Communications and BMW return as presenting sponsors, HBO as principal sponsor, and newbie Hennessy X.O is on the invite as principal sponsor.
Some of the top names to be featured this year are producer Jason Blum, businessman and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, Larry David, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, LACMA CEO Michael Govan, Kevin Hart, Westworld co-creators Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan, Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, HBO chairman Richard Plepler, Amazon Studios vp Roy Price, Shonda Rhimes, New York Times financial columnist and CNBC co-anchor Andrew Ross Sorkin, AT&T chairman Randall Stephenson, Recode co-founder Kara Swisher, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom, and Discovery Communications president and CEO David Zaslav.
The overarching agenda is said to focus on forces shaping the future. More specifically, courtesy of Vanity Fair, Dowd will discuss the impact of artificial intelligence with Joy and Nolan, Cuban will join Jeffrey Blackburn, senior vp worldwide business development at Amazon, for a panel on the impact of technology on sports media, while Langley and Blum will offer insight and predictions on the future of Hollywood.
Also according to Vanity Fair's website, the summit will wrap with Curb Your Enthusiasm star and creator David in conversation with Carter. Now that's pretty...pretty...pretty good.