As the media and entertainment industry sits in mid-August -- amid the writers' and actors' strikes and before the start of the traditional fall media season -- we look forward to the rest of the year. While not everything seems clear, what we do know is that MFM remains dedicated to helping media and entertainment finance professionals to achieve their goals.
Last month we told you about MFM's first-ever collaboration with the NMCP (National Media Professionals) to co-sponsor the MFM & NMCP National Credit Conference, held in New York City on September 14. This one-day event, designed exclusively for credit, collections and order-to-cash professionals, is shaping up to be one of the most significant MFM offerings of the year. During the past several weeks, MFM has rounded out the conference's presentations, and we're proud to offer a day-long agenda of important sessions.
Following a continental breakfast, Richard Hastings, who consults with financial institutions including Bank of America and Wells Fargo, and who is known as a spot-on predictor of economic trends, will give a keynote address on the systemic, systematic and other types of risks facing commercial credit in the upcoming year -- topics that will speak to every professional who attends the event.
The keynote will be a roundtable discussion covering multiple topics relevant to anyone in the credit industry. After a working/networking lunch, the afternoon sessions will continue to pique attendees' interest, with topics including "The Chapter 11 Surge: Where Are We Headed," "How Media Companies Can Use Digital Payments to Drive Efficiency" and "Automation's Role in Business Risk & Resilience." Each session has been curated specially to address the needs and questions from those in the credit side of our business.
The day will conclude with a social networking cocktail reception from 5:30-7:30pm, where you can meet more informally with colleagues and new friends to discuss the day's event and other topics of interest.
A very few openings for this exclusive conference are still available. If you're interested in attending, click here to find out how to register online.
In the meantime, we have a lot going on from mid-August onward. On August 15, a Town Hall titled "Unlocking the Secrets to Credit and Collections" will offer an interactive webinar for credit and collections/order-to-cash professionals, covering a wide range of details of this specialized segment of our industry. One very significant Town Hall completes our September calendar: titled "How Media Companies Can Use Digital Payments to Drive Efficiency and Growth," this webinar features experts from Edenred Pay and Mastercard, who will examine the biggest trends in digital payments in the media space and how to leverage them.
And mark your calendars for two very important MFM Regional meetings, both of which address generative AI and its all-encompassing effects on every aspect of the media industry -- from executive leadership to human resources to virtually every job title in your company. The first will happen on October 18, from 12:00-3:00 pm at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) offices in Washington, DC. The second, co-presented by MFM and DEG - The Digital Entertainment Group, will occur on the opposite coast on November 15 from 3:30-6:30pm at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles. Both meetings offer 1.5 CPE credits. To find out more and register, click here.
MFM will hold six Networks meetings in September: Television, Accounting Standards, Radio, Digital Content+, Games and Newspaper. Be sure to check MFM's calendar of events to get all the details and registration information for our Town Hall and Networks meetings.
We're gearing up for fall and working hard to make sure your MFM membership provides value. There's nowhere else in the media and entertainment industry where you will find this caliber of education, networking, professional advancement and other opportunities specific to finance professionals. Our new Board of Directors will start on October 1, with a goal of continuing the great work the current board is doing, but also continually improving our processes and programs. Come back often MFMInSites.com to learn the latest on what we have planned for you.
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