Future Media Forum Unites Digital Groundbreakers at Moscow Event

Future Media Forum Unites Digital Groundbreakers at Moscow Event

Luminaries including Lady Gaga’s producer, innovator Esther Dyson and executives from Google, The Guardian and FanTrust convene at RIA Novosti 70th anniversary think tank

MOSCOW, June 16, 2011 – Executives from the world’s leading media outlets in North America, Russia, Europe and Asia will gather in Moscow on June 24, 2011 for a global forum on the future of media hosted by the Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

“The current influx of new technologies means that it’s a fascinating time for journalism all over the globe,” said editor-in-chief of Guardian News & Media Alan Rusbridger in an interview with the Russian news agency. “Never before has the news industry been presented with such a proliferation of ways to gather news, communicate with the audiences and increase our influence.”

The International Future Media Forum will provide an opportunity “to debate how we can better operate in this ever-expanding digital arena, what we can learn from each other, and how we can continue to experiment in order to pioneer new forms of story-telling for our tech-savvy audiences,” said Rusbridger.

Panelists and keynote speakers include heads of media companies as well as executives from international organizations, innovation companies and analytical centers focused on media market development.

“With audiences at the centre of the media ecosystem, social media jockeying for position against mass media, and new financing and revenue models shaking things up, this group couldn’t come together at a better time,” said FanTrust Entertainment Strategies president Catherine Warren, who will speak on the topic of media profitability at this Moscow event. FanTrust provides business development for the media and entertainment sectors, coalescing content, commerce and consumers.

The Future Media Forum is planned as the core of this year’s celebrations of the RIA Novosti media agency’s 70th anniversary.

“We hope that this forum will become an open platform for a broader discussion of possible paths for media development, looking beyond the media community,” said RIA Novosti Editor-in-Chief Svetlana Mironyuk. “We were keen to bring together leading representatives of the international media market and the audiences, the end consumers of these media products, to discuss the interaction between the traditional and increasingly popular innovative media.”

The sessions will be broadcast live on the RIA Novosti website in Russian and English. Questions to the panelist can be posted at www.facebook.com/FutureMediaForum.

View the Forum agenda, list of speakers and partners at www.fmf-eng.rian.ru.