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Posts Tagged ‘Katsumi Ihara’

What the Kids Do, While Mom & Dad Deal

SV200810.jpgDan Cox, on special assignment for FishbowlLA, covering the 2008 Sun Valley Media Conference.

One of the stranger elements to pop up today at Sun Valley Media Conference involved a mock presidential election that was supposedly circulating ballots to conference attendees. The twist was that it was also being given to kids of all these Sun Valley moguls. Allen & Co. wouldn’t comment on the election or even the possibility of it. No results were ever issued, so we don’t know whether Obama or McCain was the favorite among the mogul crowd — or their kids.

An education segment presented by New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein attempted to bring CEOs and billionaires into the fight for education.

Sony Corp.’s Katsumi Ihara called the presentation “fascinating” and said it broke down some of the causes and problems in the education battle in the United States and should yield interest from CEOs around the country. He added that Klein wasn’t simply asking for money. He wanted their help in initiatives and projects to stimulate educational programs.

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Terry Semel Inspired As He Chats Up His Former Yahoo! Colleagues

SV20088.jpgDan Cox, on special assignment for FishbowlLA, covering the 2008 Sun Valley Media Conference.

In the Sun Valley Lodge bar last night, where all the good deals are made, an informal pow-wow of sorts for Yahoo! executives and their new partners Google Inc. was underway with Google co-founder Larry Page, Yahoo! President Sue Decker and even former Yahoo! co-chair Terry Semel all having a drink. Semel would later tell a couple of inquiring reporters that the conversation at the table was inspiring.

Semel_7.10.jpgElsewhere in the bar, former Miramax founder Harvey Weinstein ambled in, but refused to say anything to reporters. “I’m not talking to anyone up here,” he said before joining Wendi Deng‘s table.

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Gamco Investors Mario Gabelli, NBA commissioner David Stern, ICM’s Chris Silbermann and Page 1 Media’s Isaac Lee were spotted.

Earlier Google. co-founder Sergey Brin lauded the search engine deal they have with Yahoo, saying Yahoo was a “good company with good people,” but he deferred all other questions to Yahoo! chairman Jerry Yang, who is due into Sun Valley today.

Brin was also approached by Sony Corp.’s Katsumi Ihara who wanted to discuss TVs, but Ihara was thrown for a loop when he was told the screen Brin usually used was a Toshiba.

Also, the mystery continues. Just who is Ken Starr? The journos in Sun Valley were all convinced it was the former prosecutor who had a Jones about Bill Clinton. When confronted, this Starr denied any connection to that Starr, who is currently Dean of Pepperdine Law School. But he refused to disclose who or what Starr & Co. actually does.