MFM Announces Speakers for 2021 Media Tax Summit


The Media Financial Management Association (MFM) has revealed the speakers for its two-day Media Tax Summit, scheduled for March 2-3.

The virtual event will be held from 11am-1pm Eastern on each of those days.

The summit was formulated specifically for media tax professionals. Its focus is the specifics of how technological advances, the evolving workplace environment, and recent and proposed legislation have converged to transform the expectations for, and responsibilities of, the media tax department. MFM has assembled expert speakers to delve into each of these topics.

The event is co-chaired by Sinclair Broadcast Group SVP/Tax Paul Nesterovsky, TEGNA Sr. Director of Tax Sean Hetzler, and Dan McGuire, a Partner for State and Local Tax with KPMG LLP.

The Summit schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, March 2, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET

CFO Panel – Expectations for Successful Media Tax Department

Moderator: Dan McGuire, Partner, State & Local Tax, KPMG LLP

Panelists: Lucy Rutishauser, EVP & CFO, Sinclair Broadcast Group; Stephen P. Gibson, VP, CFO, The Washington Post; others TBA

Federal Stimulus and Relief Legislation – Media Industry Impacts

Moderator: Louis Lazar, Tax Partner, PwC

Panelists: Paul Nesterovsky, SVP Tax, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Andrew Prior, Tax Policy Services, PwC US


March 3, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET


Intersection of Tax and Corporate People Strategy

Moderator: Sean Hetzler, Senior Director, Tax, TEGNA Inc.

Panelists: Jean Nechvatal, Vice President, Human Resources, Tribune Publishing; Kristin Hansen, Director, Human Resources, Hearst Television; John Montgomery, Partner, KPMG

Trends, Opportunities, and Threats in State Taxation

Moderator: Duane Dobson, Director, Ryan

Panelists: Stephanie Do, Senior Tax Council, Council On State Taxation (COST); Alexandra Sampson, State Tax Council, Hearst; Alesia Lewis, Global Head of Tax, The Washington Post

“We are excited about the experts and topics we’ve assembled for our inaugural MFM Media Tax Summit,” said Mary M. Collins, president and CEO of MFM and its BCCA subsidiary, the media industry’s credit association. “Realizing 2021 will present unique challenges; our co-chairs have been deliberate in identifying media-specific challenges along with thought leaders to address them.”

Registration is free for MFM corporate members, $200 for each of the first two attendees from a non-corporate industry member organization and complimentary for each subsequent media industry registrant. Others, including those who work for companies that offer products, goods, or services to the media industry, must pay either the member rate of $100 (if they are members) or the non-member rate of $250 (which includes a one-year trial membership) for each Summit attendee. No refunds or credits will be given after February 26, 2021.

Registered participants are eligible to receive up to four (4) CPE credits toward their certified public accounting (CPA) license. MFM is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.

For more information, visit the MFM website.