FCC's Steven Waldman to keynote MFM/BCCA Conference


Steven Waldman, Senior Advisor to the FCC Chairman, will deliver a keynote address at Media Finance Focus 2010, the 50th annual conference for the Media Financial Management Association and its BCCA subsidiary.  This year’s MFM/BCCA Conference also marks the Association’s first annual educational event since the combination of MFM and members from INFE, the Interactive Newsmedia Financial Executives, under MFM’s leadership.

Waldman’s keynote is scheduled for 8:30 AM on Tuesday, May 25.  Themed Refocus … Revitalize …Rebuild:  Roadmap to Success,” the Conference will be held from May 23-25 at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville

 “Steve Waldman has the perspective of an industry veteran, in addition to his role in spearheading the FCC’s “Future of Media” initiative,” says Mary M. Collins, president & CEO of MFM and BCCA. “We are very grateful to him for agreeing to join us at Media Finance Focus 2010 and look forward to hearing his insights on media industry’s future and the role that the FCC may play in helping to shape it.”

In addition to serving as senior advisor to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Waldman is a member of the Commission’s Office of Strategic Planning. He leads an agency-wide initiative to assess the current state of media and make recommendations designed to ensure a vibrant media landscape for the future. 

Waldman, who was appointed to the FCC last October, is the Co-Founder, President and Editor-in-Chief of Beliefnet.com, the largest multifaith website for religion and inspiration, and served as its CEO from 2002 until 2007, when it was acquired by News Corporation. Under his leadership, Beliefnet won top editorial awards on the Internet, including the General Excellence award from the Online News Association and the National Magazine Award for General Excellence Online.

Media Finance Focus 2010 will feature more than 100 presenters and provide the latest information on accounting, taxes, human resources, technology and credit & collection issues tailored to the media industry.  The conference’s confirmed keynoters also include: Grammy Award-winning banjoist Alison Brown, CFO and a Co-founder of Compass Records; syndicated columnist Frank Sutherland, former Editor of The Tennessean; Joshua Sapan, President and CEO of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC; and David Altig, SVP and Director of Research for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.  In addition to the formal educational sessions, it serves as a forum for industry professionals to meet and discuss solutions to common issues.  The exhibit hall provides industry suppliers with the opportunity to showcase innovations designed to optimize business performance and allows attendees to bring real life solutions home from the conference.

MFM is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy as sponsors of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.  Educational session attendees are eligible to receive approximately 20 CPE (continuing professional education) credits.

For more info and to register for Media Finance Focus 2010, visit http://www.mediafinance.org.