Cable Show 2010: Chernin Set To Interview Roberts

Peter Chernin, former chief operating officer of News Corp., will conduct a "one-to-one conversation" with Comcast chairman and CEO Brian Roberts at a kick-off brunch event May 11 at The 2010 Cable Show.

The "newsmaker brunch" on Tuesday, May 11, is co-sponsored by the Hollywood Radio & Television Society and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association.

Chernin in June 2009 left News Corp., where he served as president and COO. He also was chairman and CEO of the Fox Group, where he oversaw the company's film, television, satellite, cable and digital media businesses. He currently owns and runs Chernin Entertainment, which produces films and TV shows, and The Chernin Group, which pursues strategic opportunities in media, technology and entertainment.

"The combination of Peter Chernin and Brian Roberts, two renowned executives in the industry, will surely provide our members with an opportunity to listen in on an especially significant conversation about the state of the business," HRTS president Kevin Beggs said in a statement.

"This newsmaker brunch is the perfect way to kick off The Cable Show as we return to Los Angeles for the first time since 1996," commented Barbara York, NCTA's senior vice president of industry affairs. "We appreciate having HRTS members involved in our show, and the conversation between Peter Chernin and Brian Roberts is sure to be a highlight of the show."

The event is scheduled to take place May 11 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Los Angeles Convention Center, Concourse Hall room 153.

Tickets for the event must be purchased in advance. Tickets for HRTS members are $105 and include access to The Cable Show 2010 opening general session and an exhibit hall pass good for all day, May 11. Ticket prices for Cable Show attendees are $75.