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Thank you for registering for the Media Finance Focus 2021 Virtual Conference.


We are excited to again be offering Media Finance Focus as a virtual conference; no travel necessary. Building on what we learned to make it even better. Last year’s participants seemed to appreciate our decision to let them attend as many of the 40+ sessions and more than a dozen roundtables as they wanted, so we are doing it again. In addition to roundtables we will be offering two concerts and celebrating members who have contributed to Association’s success… and of course we are not forgetting the valuable time needed for networking.  Our board, staff and committees are looking forward to having you join us, beginning Tuesday, May 11, as we move together toward tomorrow.


Below are a few dates to make sure are on your calendar. Be sure to check out the Media Finance Focus website for additional conference information. Agenda details will be published as they become available.


Keynote sessions:

  • May 11 – 1:00 PM (Eastern)

    • Joe Batista, Chief Creatologist, Dell Technologies

    • Dr. Tina M. Harris, Douglas L. Manship Sr.-Dori Maynard Race, Media, and Cultural Literacy Endowed Chair, LSU

  • June 15 – 1:00 PM (Eastern)

    • WFH: Managing a Remote Work Environment

      • Moderator – Michael Depp, Editor, TVNewsCheck

      • Panelists:

        • Don Thompson, EVP, HR, Sinclair

        • Joe Mechlinski, CEO, SHIFT

        • James Jefferies, VP, IT Operations, Gray Television, Inc.

        • Julie Anderson, Editor-in-Chief, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

  • July 13 – 1:00 PM (Eastern)

    • Maintaining Corporate Culture in a Changing World (note: still confirming speaker)

    • 2021 Media and Entertainment Industry Outlook (note: still confirming speaker)


  • June 22 – 1:00 PM (Eastern)

    • Driving Revenue Growth Through Diversity, Education and More Efficient B2B Marketing

      • Moderator – Jack Myers, Chairman and Media Ecologist, Mediavillage+Advancingdiversity.Org


Planned breakout session topics include:

The pandemic hits everywhere 

  • Human Resource Issues - how does working from home affect morale, staff monitoring  and hiring/firing decisions?

  • Tax -- can they really charge you for working in your new location?

  • How do you position yourself for advancement?

  • How can you audit people working from home?

  • Are you more productive at home but less creative?


  Other topics

  • Changes in streaming habits

    • revenue issues and opportunities

  • The future of television

  • eSports

  • The newspaper print cycle

  • Changes in the labor equation

  • Optimizing credit card payments

  • Rethinking credit and collections


If you have questions, contact the MFM staff at

Conference Leadership:

David Bochenek, SVP, Chief Accounting Officer, Sinclair Broadcast Group (Conference Chair); Mike Lavey, Interim Chief Financial Officer, Chief Accounting Officer and Controller, Tribune Publishing Company (Conference Co-Chair)

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