The Association of Magazine Media


For Immediate Release
Press Contacts:
MediaPost: Laura Daly
Wharton: Peter Winicov,
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Organizers of the annual Media Future Summit, The Wharton Future of Advertising Program, which is part of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and MediaPost, announce that Preet Bharara will be the keynote speaker at the November 16, 2017 MFS.

This summit will be held at the Penn Club (30 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036).

Preet Bharara is an American lawyer who served for seven and a half years as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 2009 to 2017. As U.S. Attorney, Bharara oversaw the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases brought on behalf of the United States in the Southern District of New York. He supervised an office of more than 200 Assistant U.S. Attorneys, who handled a high volume of cases involving terrorism, narcotics and arms trafficking, financial and healthcare fraud, cybercrime, public corruption, gang violence, organized crime, and civil rights violations.

In 2012, Bharara was featured on the cover of TIME magazine and its list, “100 Most Influential People in the World.” From 2012 to 2016, Bharara was also included in Vanity Fair’s “New Establishment lists,” Worth magazine’s “The Power 100: The 100 Most Powerful People in Finance,” included in Bloomberg Markets “50 Most Influential” list in 2014. The New York Times dubbed Bharara as one of “the nation’s most aggressive and outspoken prosecutors. Bharara has used his voice to advocate for justice, against corruption and in support of public service. He has penned opinion pieces for the New York Times and Washington Post and is a sought-after speaker on a range of issues.

On April 1, 2017, Bharara joined the NYU School of Law faculty as a Distinguished Scholar in Residence. On April 1, 2017, Bharara joined the NYU School of Law faculty as a Distinguished Scholar in Residence. He is also the Executive Vice President of Some Spider Studios where he hosts a CAFE podcast focusing on issues of justice and fairness.

“The digital economy is not the only existential threat to media, "says MFS founding director Bob Garfield. "An administration that has declared the media 'an enemy of the people' looms ominous. Preet is an eyewitness to, and martyr of, the present political agenda with a unique view of the stakes."

About The Organizers

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. With a broad global community and one of the most published business school faculties, Wharton creates economic and social value around the world. The School has 5,000 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students; more than 9,000 participants in executive education programs annually and a powerful alumni network of 96,000 graduates.

The Wharton Future of Advertising Program
Established in 2008 by Yoram (Jerry) Wind and Catharine Findiesen Hays, the Wharton  Future of Advertising Program ( is the preeminent center bridging leading academics, executives, entrepreneurs, and students for deeper insights, bolder innovation, and broader positive personal, organizational, and societal impacts for advertising and marketing. WFoA generates knowledge and thought leadership on topics related to the future of advertising via roundtables, conferences, radio broadcasts, and publications. Wind and Hays collaborated with over 200 global thought leaders to create a model and roadmap for the future of advertising in their recent book, Beyond Advertising: Creating Value Through all Customer Touchpoints (Wiley 2016).

MediaPost Communications ( is an integrated publishing and conference company providing a wide array of resources to media, marketing and advertising professionals, producing more than 30 conferences each year, seven annual award shows, fourteen news dailies and more than forty industry focused newsletters & blogs. MediaPost is committed to providing a premium level of content in all publications and conferences. The company, founded in 1996, is New York based and privately held.

Bob Garfield
Bob is a columnist, critic, broadcaster, author and lecturer who has devoted his career to the media and marketing landscape. For the past 17 years has been co-host of public radio's “On The Media.” A recipient of many journalism awards, including the Peabody, he is the author of five books and has lectured in 37 countries on six continents. A recent visiting lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, he is also a senior fellow at the Wharton School's SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management. His seminal 2007 book, The Chaos Scenario, presciently described the apocalyptic disruptions of the media economy in the digital age.

The Media Future Summit is organized in association with The ANA, CTAM, Digital Content Next, DEG, MPA, and The News Media Alliance.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017