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John Makinson

Reuters Global Media Summit Begins Monday

ReutersLogo.jpgThe annual Reuters Global Media Summit starts Monday and runs through Thursday in New York, London, Paris, Mumbai, and Taipei, featuring exclusive, private interviews with top executives from media and entertainment companies.

Content from the four-day event can be found on its site, and Reuters Insider subscribers will have exclusive access to live recordings of the interviews.

Executives scheduled to participate include: Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes; Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman; Publicis CEO Maurice Levy; News Corp. deputy chairman, president, and chief operating officer Chase Carey; Financial Times CEO John Ridding; Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello; WPP CEO Martin Sorrell; Disney-ABC Television Group president Anne Sweeney; Pearson chief financial officer Robin Freestone; Star TV India (News Corp) CEO Uday Shankar; Vocento CEO Jose Manuel Vargas; Penguin Books CEO John Makinson; United States Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun; Next Media CEO Jimmy Lai; Kabel Deutschland CEO Adrian von Hammerstein; World Wrestling Entertainment COO Donna Goldsmith; Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick; The New York Times chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr.; The New York Times CEO Janet Robinson; Take-Two Interactive chairman Strauss Zelnick; Technicolor CEO Frederic Rose; MLB Network CEO Tony Petitti; Major League Baseball Advanced Media CEO Robert Bowman; Informa CEO Peter Rigby; DiBcom CEO Yannick Levy; Motorola Mobility president Daniel Moloney; Blinkx founder and CEO Suranga Chandratillake; and JCDecaux co-CEO and chairman Jean-Charles Decaux.

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John Makinson On Wylie Amazon Deal: Not “A Cosmic Issue”


Penguin Group CEO John Makinson has commented on the Wylie Agency’s controversial partnership with Amazon with a less combative approach than other publishers.

Makinson told Publisher’s Weekly that the backlist titles involved only represent a small percentage of the company’s total revenue. “I don’t think it’s a cosmic issue. We will continue to talk to the Wylie Agency and we will continue to talk to our authors about what is best for them,” he said.

Makinson’s response is the most forgiving so far. Random House threatened to sue Wylie and also said that they would no longer strike English-language deals with the literary agency. Macmillan CEO John Sargent critiqued the agency for keeping these books from consumers that don’t own Kindles or use Kindle apps. He said: “A basic tenet of publishing is that our function is to reach as many readers as we can.”

Via GalleyCat.