Now in its fourth year, the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit is back again.
If you haven’t heard of the summit, think the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit, only with less people and more over the age of 30. That is to say, it’s a conference of people who are ‘setting the global agenda’. That’s not necessarily politicians, but people who are shaping popular culture and technology as well.
The whole idea is based around Vanity Fair’s New Establishment list which is similar to Forbes’ aforementioned list, although the Vanity Fair list has been running for much longer. In addition, one might argue that Vanity Fair has managed to get more interesting speakers at their summit this year
This year’s summit is being held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California. It will take place between 2-4 October.
There are a huge amount of speakers at this year’s summit. Some are household names, some less so. But all are experts and well-regarded names in their respective fields. The full list is below:
- David Adjaye – Adjaye Associates
- Yael Aflalo – Reformation
- Judd Apatow – Apatow Productions – Filmmaker
- Willow Bay – U.S.C.
- Preet Bharara – Former US. Attorney Southern Disrict Of NY
- Jeffrey Blackburn – Amazon.com
- Jason Blum – Blumhouse
- Julia Boorstin – CNBC
- Emily Chang – Bloomberg Television
- Mark Cuban – Dallas Mavericks
- Larry David – Curb Your Enthusiasm – TV Star & Producer
- Maureen Dowd – The New York Times
- Ava DuVernay – Filmmaker
- Tom Eccles – Bard College
- Leigh Gallagher – Fortune
- Michael Govan – Lacma
- Will Guidara & Daniel Humm – Make It Nice
- Jeffrey Gundlach – Doubleline
- Reid Hoffman – Greylock Partners
- Maja Hoffman – Luma Foundation
- Anjelica Huston – Actress & Director
- Robert Iger – The Walt Disney Company
- Walter Isaacson – The Aspen Institute
- Patty Jenkins – Director
- Lisa Joy – Westworld
- John Kerry – 68th Secretary Of State
- Brad Keywell – Uptake
- Donna Langley – Universal Pictures
- Calvin McDonald – Sephora Americas
- Bill McGlashan – TPG Growth And The Rise Fund
- Dee Dee Myers – Warner Bros.
- Satya Nadella – Microsoft
- Adam Neumann – WeWork
- Jonathan Nolan – Westworld
- Timothy L. O’Brien – Bloomberg View And Bloomberg Gadfly
- Abby Phillip – The Washington Post
- Shervin Pishevar – Sherpa Capital
- Richard Plepler – HBO
- Shonda Rhimes – Shondaland – TV Writer & Producer
- Cameron Robertson – Kitty Hawk
- Kai Ryssdal – Marketplace
- Ted Sarandos – Netflix
- Sukhinder Singh Cassidy – Joyus And theBoardlist
- Andrew Ross Sorkin – CNBC, The New York Times
- Evan Spiegel – Snap Inc.
- Randall L. Stephenson – AT&T
- Kara Swisher – Recode
- Kevin Systrom – Instagram
- Sebastian Thrun – Kitty Hawk
- Daniella Vitale – Barney’s New York
- Sally Yates – Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General
- David Zaslav – Discovery Communications
With so many huge names, it’s only to be expected that there’ll be plenty of talks. In all there are no less than 23 talks across the summit. These will cover all kinds of topics from entertainment to technology to politics to the future. The talks are listed below. They occur one after another starting at the times listed below:
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Graydon Carter, editor, Vanity Fair
America’s 21st Century Capital Is . . . L.A.?
A panel featuring David Adjaye, founder and principal, Adjaye Associates; Anjelica Huston, actress, director, and author; and Michael Govan, C.E.O., LACMA. Moderated by Sarah Ellison, special correspondent, Vanity Fair.
A Window on the World
Satya Nadella, C.E.O., Microsoft, speaks with Willow Bay, Dean, U.S.C. Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
Platform Thriving: Storytelling in the New Media Age
A conversation with Ted Sarandos, chief content officer, Netflix, and Ava DuVernay, filmmaker. Moderated by Andrew Ross Sorkin, financial columnist, The New York Times, and anchor, CNBC.
The Highs and Lows of Hollywood: Budgets, Blockbusters, and Breakouts
A panel with Jason Blum, founder, Blumhouse; Patty Jenkins, filmmaker; and Donna Langley, chairman, Universal Pictures. Moderated by Kai Ryssdal, host and senior editor, Marketplace.
“Snap” into Action
Evan Spiegel, co-founder and C.E.O., Snap Inc., speaks with Walter Isaacson, president and C.E.O., The Aspen Institute.
Venture Charity: The Rise of Impact Investing
A discussion with John Kerry, 68th United States Secretary of State, and Bill McGlashan, co-founder and C.E.O., the Rise Fund, and co-founder and managing partner, TPG Growth. Moderated by Walter Isaacson, Aspen Institute.
Direct from Disney
Robert A. Iger, chairman and C.E.O., The Walt Disney Company, speaks with Nick Bilton, special correspondent, Vanity Fair.
Can Silicon Valley Get Its Mojo Back?
A panel featuring Shervin Pishevar, co-founder and managing director, Sherpa Capital; Kara Swisher, executive editor, Recode; Brad Keywell, co-founder and C.E.O., Uptake; and Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, founder, theBoardlist. Moderated by Nick Bilton, Vanity Fair.
A Conversation with the Bond King
Jeffrey Gundlach, C.E.O., DoubleLine Capital, speaks with Bethany McLean, contributing editor, Vanity Fair.
Curating Content in the Insta-Era
A discussion with Richard Plepler, chairman and C.E.O., HBO, and Kevin Systrom, co-founder and C.E.O, Instagram. Moderated by Krista Smith, executive West Coast editor, Vanity Fair.
Sports+Tech: Slam Dunk or Air Ball?
A panel featuring Jeffrey Blackburn, senior vice president of worldwide business development, Amazon, Mark Cuban, owner, Dallas Mavericks; and David Zaslav, C.E.O., Discovery Communications. Moderated by Julia Boorstin, senior media and entertainment correspondent, CNBC.
A.I.: What It Really Wants to Do Is Direct
A panel featuring Reid Hoffman, partner, Greylock Partners; Lisa Joy, co-creator and executive producer, Westworld; and Jonathan Nolan, co-creator and executive producer, Westworld. Moderated by Maureen Dowd, columnist, The New York Times, and writer, The New York Times Magazine.
The New Universal Service
Randall Stephenson, chairman and C.E.O., AT&T, speaks with Stephanie Mehta, deputy editor, Vanity Fair.
All the President’s Bombshells: Law in the Age of Trump
Preet Bharara, former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, in conversation with Sally Yates, former United States Deputy Attorney General. Moderated by Bryan Burrough, special correspondent, Vanity Fair.
The 1990s: America’s Groundhog Decade
A panel featuring writer, producer, and director Judd Apatow, and Dee Dee Myers, executive vice president, Warner Brothers. Moderated by David Friend, editor, creative development, Vanity Fair.
Trump and the Press
A conversation with Timothy O’Brien, executive editor, Bloomberg View, and Abby Phillip, White House correspondent, The Washington Post. Moderated by Gabriel Sherman, special correspondent, Vanity Fair.
“Experience” Is the New Disruption
A panel featuring Adam Neumann, co-founder and C.E.O., WeWork, and Will Guidara and Daniel Humm, owners, Make It Nice. Moderated by Leigh Gallagher, senior editor-at-large, Fortune.
What’s in Store for Retail?
A panel featuring Yael Aflalo, founder and C.E.O., Reformation; Calvin McDonald, president and C.E.O., Sephora Americas; and Daniella Vitale, C.E.O., Barneys New York. Moderated by Julia Boorstin, CNBC.
We Wanted Flying Cars, and We Got . . . Flying Cars
A conversation with Sebastian Thrun, C.E.O., Kitty Hawk, and Cameron Robertson, director of product, Kitty Hawk. Moderated by Emily Chang, anchor, Bloomberg Television.
Separating the Art from the Market
A discussion featuring Tom Eccles, executive director, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, and Maja Hoffmann, founder, LUMA Foundation. Moderated by William D. Cohan, special correspondent, Vanity Fair.
It’s Shondaland, We Just Live in It
Shonda Rhimes, founder, Shondaland, speaks with Kara Swisher, Recode.
The Vanity Fair Interview
Curb Your Enthusiasm creator Larry David speaks with Graydon Carter, Vanity Fair.
Obviously there’s plenty to see and hear at the summit. Is there potential for some big reveals at the festival? It’s definitely a possibility, especially with big speakers from Netflix, Disney, Snap Inc., and Instagram making appearances.
The summit is by invitation only, but if you can think of a good enough reason for you to be there, you can apply for attendance here.
Considering that the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit is being held at the exact same time as the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit, we’re sure there’ll be plenty of exciting and engaging talks coming out of both. It’s an exciting time if you’re heavily-invested in these kinds of affairs!