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In my life I’ve had three careers that have interwoven over the past 35 years. After graduating from Princeton in 1969 I worked for fifteen years as a producer of music and film with people like Bob Dylan, The Band, George Harrison, Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders and Gus Van Sant. From 1984-2000 I was immersed in the business of media, first as an Investment Banker in the Merrill Lynch Mergers and Acquisition department and then as the CEO of the worlds first Video On Demand Company, Intertainer. The third stage of my life is as a teacher and consultant. I’m on the faculty of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California and a co-founder of the Annenberg Research Network for International Communication. I consult for various business and government organizations on the role of digital media in the economic infrastructure.

The Art of the Long View

My Courses

COMM 306 - The Communications Revolution, Entertainment and Art

CMGT 558 - The International Entertainment Marketplace (Spring Semester)

COMM 599 - Case Studies in Digital Entertainment (Fall Semester)

Office Hours
Monday 3:00 - 5:30

Annenberg School for Communication
University of Southern California
3502 Watt Way
ASC 221
Tel: (213) 821-5611



I love to lead dialogues on the following subjects:

The role of Broadband Internet Protocol media in the coming reordered entertainment infrastructure.
[ IP3 ] (Adobe Acrobat)

The rise of the New Federalism as power devolves to the City State.
[ The New Federalism ] (Adobe Acrobat)

The dialogue of reconciliation between progressives and people of faith.
[ The New Promise of American Life ] (Adobe Acrobat)

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October 14, 2008
Annenberg Research Seminar on International Communication: "Rebooting after the economic crash: IT, ET and America 3.0"