SOURCE: Dow Jones

October 16, 2006 09:00 ET

Entertainment Executives From Sony, Microsoft, MTV, Starz and Yahoo! to Keynote at Consumer Technology Ventures Conference

Third Annual Dow Jones Event on Nov. 7 and 8, 2006, Also Delves Into Growing Popularity of Social Networking, Blogs and Other User Generated Content

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 16, 2006 --Key executives from Sony Computer Entertainment America, Microsoft, Yahoo!, MTV Networks and Starz Entertainment Group, are among the line-up of six keynote speakers featured at this year's Consumer Technology Ventures Conference -- produced by Dow Jones VentureWire -- November 7 and 8, 2006, at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose.

As an added bonus, The Wall Street Journal's personal technology columnist, Walter Mossberg, will be giving his list of personal winners and losers in the consumer devices and technology marketplace, in a special keynote session.

Consumer Technology Ventures, now in its third year, provides a national showcase for 80 entrepreneurs offering up the most innovative and exciting business ideas in consumer technology. The two-day event also will feature compelling panel discussions with top venture capitalists and leading media, entertainment and advertising executives including Fox Interactive Media, Disney-ABC Television Group, Nielsen Analytics, Clear Channel Communications, Interpublic Group of Companies and Hearst Interactive Media.

Among the featured keynotes is Kaz Hirai, the CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, the maker of the PlayStation series. Hirai will be talking about the company's biggest product launch in years for the PlayStation 3 with Wall Street Journal Reporter Nick Wingfield.

The man behind Microsoft's successful Xbox gaming division, Entertainment and Devices President Robbie Bach, will be interviewed on-stage by Wall Street Journal Reporter Rob Guth. Mr. Bach will detail Microsoft's further expansion into the entertainment arena and its efforts to top the iPod.

Attendees also will hear from Michael Wolf, president and COO of MTV Networks, who will be discussing how the network maintains its core youth audience while pushing into new markets and making a play in the wireless sector.

Yahoo! Senior Vice President Marco Boerries, who heads the company's Connected Life program focusing on partnerships with broadband providers, will be talking with The Wall Street Journal's Kevin Delaney about how Yahoo! is tailoring products for the mobile market and partnering with mobile operators and device makers.

The challenges and opportunities for downloading movies over the Internet will be addressed by keynote speaker Bob Clasen, the president and CEO of the Starz Entertainment Group, which is leading the way in movie downloads.

For more information or to register for Consumer Technology Ventures, call (866) 291-1800 or go to

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