The Wrap News Inc’s First Executive Leadership Conference to be Held at the Award-Winning SLS Hotel Beverly Hills

(Santa Monica, CA) – September 13, 2010 – TheWrap News, Inc., the leading digital news organization covering the business of entertainment and media, announced Jeff Weiner, CEO of Linkedin, as the opening night speaker at TheGrill.

“As a former Warner Brothers executive and leading player in the social networking space, Jeff is uniquely qualified to kick off our conversation about the intersection of entertainment and media with the challenges of technology,” said Sharon Waxman, CEO and founder of TheWrap.

In addition, TheGrill also announced that the full conference would take place at the award-winning SLS Hotel Beverly Hills, featuring the design of worldwide sensation Philippe Starck and the culinary artistry of acclaimed chef José Andrés, executive chef of the award-winning Bazaar and a former Bon Appetit chef of the year.

Also on the opening program is a landmark media consumption study, presented by Bruce Friend, president of Ipsos OTX CT, with surprising new findings related to mobile content.

LinkedIn is the largest business-oriented social network in the world, with more than 75 million members in 200 countries. Since taking the helm of the company in December 2008, Weiner has led the seven-year-old company through its latest strategic expansion and a valuation of $2 billion.

A founder of Warner Brothers online division, Weiner developed Warners’ first entertainment destination website and spent nearly a decade with Yahoo! in various leadership positions where he drove the company’s Open and Social strategies, while developing products that reached over 500 million consumers.

Featuring the most innovative thinkers and commanding voices at the intersection of entertainment, media and technology, TheGrill will create a community of thought leaders to probe the changing business models in the new entertainment economy.

Moderating TheGrill alongside Waxman are leading independent journalists including AllThingsD executive editor, Kara Swisher, Emmy and Peabody winning host of public radio’s “The Takeaway,” John Hockenberry, and Editor-at-Large, Johnnie Roberts.

Founding sponsors of TheGrill include Saban Capital Group, Relativity Media, OTX MediaCT, Bing and MediaLink LLC.  For more information on TheGrill and a detailed listing of daily conference activity and registration, please visit

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