NCTA Gets Katzenberg, Iger

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DreamWorks SKG partner Jeffrey Katzenberg and The Walt Disney Co. president Bob Iger are among the high-profile speakers the National Cable & Telecommunications Association has booked to speak at its annual convention in April.

Yahoo! Inc. cofounder Jerry Yang, News Corp. president Peter Chernin and Cisco Systems Inc. CEO John Chambers will also be featured on general sessions at the National Show, in San Francisco April 3-5, sources said.

The opening general session Sunday, April 3, will feature Yang and Cablevision Systems Corp. chief operating officer Tom Rutledge.

The April 4 opening session -- focused on “the personalization of media” -- will feature Chambers, Iger, Comcast Corp. CEO Brian Roberts and America Online Inc. CEO Jon Miller.

Discussion on how Internet-protocol technology is affecting communications will be the focus of the general session the morning of April 5, featuring Sprint Corp. president Len Lauer, Cox Communications Inc. CEO Jim Robbins, RealNetworks Inc. CEO Rob Glaser and Time Warner Cable chairman and CEO Glenn Britt.

The convention will close that afternoon with a panel featuring Chernin, Katzenberg, NBC Universal chairman Bob Wright and Jeffrey Bewkes, chairman of Time Warner Inc.’s Entertainment & Network Group. The topic: “How digital technology is changing content.”

Vulcan Ventures and Charter Communications Inc. chairman Paul Allen will also join Katzenberg and Rutledge at the opening session Sunday.

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