Summit Notebook

from Newsmaker:

Dominic Barton 101

February 23, 2011

On March 1, Reuters Global Editor-at-large Chrystia Freeland sits down with McKinsey & Company Global Managing Director Dominic Barton. In anticipation of the event, here's some helpful background on Barton and McKinsey:

from Newsmaker:

Dominic Barton on China and inflation

By Reuters Staff
February 17, 2011

Dominic Barton of McKinsey & Co. stopped by the set of Chrystia's Davos TV show in late January to discuss the global economy along with Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations and Bob Shiller of Yale University. Hear why Barton's worried about inflation in emerging markets, why the U.S. should be pitching China's sovereign wealth fund on infrastructure projects in America and where is the "Florida of China":

from Newsmaker:

Is the U.S. facing a productivity crisis?

February 16, 2011

Mercedes2.jpgGenerations of Americans have clocked in to work each morning confident that their daily toils would afford them a better standard of living than their parents. But that central promise of the American dream may now be under threat.

from Newsmaker:

Thriving in the new global economy

By Reuters Staff
February 16, 2011

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Our next Thomson Reuters Newsmaker -- "Thriving in the New Global Economy" -- with Dominic Barton of McKinsey is coming up on Tuesday, March 1.

Does Germany need Europe?

December 6, 2010

Jim O’Neill, the new Goldman Sachs Asset Management chairman who is famous for coining the term BRICs for the world’s new emerging economic giants, reckons he knows why Germany might not be rushing to bail out all the euro zone debt that is under pressure. Europe is not as important to Berlin as it was.

from MediaFile:

GlobalMedia-Baseball exec frustrated, but shies off lecturing Jobs

December 2, 2010

iphone1One of Major League Baseball's top executives may not think Apple's iTunes app store is particularly user friendly, but he's not about to offer advice to the hottest technology executive on the planet.
    
Robert Bowman, the head of MLB Advanced Media, the league's Internet and digital business, loves apps. He wants his sport's games and other content to be on every wireless device out there and think apps will begin to shape how websites are designed. 
    
"We actually think it's going to invade the website. We think people like apps," he said at the Reuters Global Media Summit. "They're easy to understand. They're compartmentalized. It's a quick way to get information."
    
That said, the Apple and Google app stores leave a lot to be desired, Bowman said.
    
"The app stores are not well laid out. The app stores are very hard to figure out. Even Apple ... they do a great job, but they're hard to understand. The Android app store is very hard to understand, so it's hard for people to find the content."
 
But, when asked what he would do to improve Apple's app store, Bowman demurred.
    
"I don't think I'm going to get very far giving Steve Jobs advice," he said of Apple's renowned CEO. "He's done pretty damn well not listening to me for the first 57 years of his life and so I'm just going to continue to let him not listen to me."
    
Bowman acknowledged that the Android app store leaves him "a little bit more frustrated."
    
However, the baseball executive is not alone is finding the app stores frustrating.
    
Despite charging $14.99 a pop, baseball has sold nearly 600,000 apps this year between the Apple and Android platforms, he said.
    
Bowman also dismissed questions about the future of set-top boxes or big TVs, saying both are not going anywhere.
    
"I don't think there's any history of media dying," he said. "I still listen to radio in my car.
 
"The big TVs aren't going to go anywhere. It's like the automobile," Bowman added. "We're a country that likes big TVs. 

from MediaFile:

GlobalMedia-Ghosts of Atari haunt gaming sector dealmakers

December 1, 2010

MEDIA-SUMMIT/The video game sector is often seen as being particularly ripe for consolidation, with some expecting old line media giants such as Time Warner to swoop in and scoop up a publisher to diversify their entertainment rosters.

from MediaFile:

Tech CEO turns to trusted adviser on key decision; 10-year old daughter

December 1, 2010

Anyone who thinks the word “executive” in CEO stands for a person who actually executes decisions and strategy should think again, at least according to Technicolor CEO Frederic Rose.

from MediaFile:

GlobalMedia-China’s shouts of “You suck!” music to executives’ ears

November 30, 2010

Big splashy action movies from the U.S. usually play well abroad. It should come then as no surprise that World Wrestling Entertainment, known for hulky dudes and toned ladies who act out soap opera scenarios both in and out of the ring,  manages to find fans well beyond these borders.

from MediaFile:

GlobalMedia-iPad cautionary tale: What not to watch, up close

November 29, 2010

SINGAPORE/Media executives love to go on about their love of the Apple's iPad. But the tablet isn't suited for everything. Walt Disney's Anne Sweeney relayed her recent experience catching up on an ABC  TV show using the  popular tablet.