Dan Cox, on special assignment for FishbowlLA, covering the 2008 Sun Valley Media Conference.
Sony chairman Sir Howard Stringer and his right-hand man, CFO Rob Wiesenthal were scurrying about the Sun Valley meeting hall early Wednesday.
“We’re making progress with our Blu Ray and DVD deals,” Stringer said. “Our PlayStation Network people are here.”
Stringer said he uses Sun Valley to forge ahead with meetings that Sony has underway. “Many of the people we’re doing deals with are here,” he said. “They’re all in one place and accessible.”
Wiesenthal added: “We actually get a lot of work done here. We don’t have any kids.”
But more to the point, Stringer had a request of Wiesenthal as he entered the business center.
“Do they have a USA Today?” Wiesenthal emerged with a USA Today and a Wall Street Journal.
“I don’t need that one,” Stringer said and he handed the Journal off to a nearby journalist.
A few minutes later, former Viacom exec Tom Freston and his wife ran into Susie Buffett, Warren Buffett’s daughter who runs the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, named after her mother who passed away in 2004.
Freston was eager to tell Buffett about a trip he’s taking to Rwanda next week.
The elder Buffett, meanwhile, was avoiding reporters as he traipsed about the meeting hall. “I’m ducking out on interviews right now,” he told the Financial Times reporter as he breathlessly walked back into the business center.