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MFM Announces Speakers for 2021 Media Tax Summit

“Realizing 2021 will present unique challenges; our co-chairs have been deliberate in identifying media-specific challenges along with thought leaders to address them.”

Media Financial Management Association (MFM) announced the speakers for its two-day Media Tax Summit on Tuesday, March 2 and Wednesday, March 3, 2021. The virtual event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. both days. The Summit was formulated specifically for media tax professionals. Its focus is the specifics of how technological advances, the evolving workplace environment, and recent and proposed legislation have converged to transform the expectations for, and responsibilities of, the media tax department. MFM has assembled expert speakers to delve into each of these topics.

The event is co-chaired by Paul Nesterovsky, Senior Vice President of Tax, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., Sean Hetzler, Senior Director of Tax, TEGNA Inc., and Dan McGuire, Partner, State and Local Tax, KPMG LLP.

The Summit schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, March 2, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET

CFO Panel – Expectations for Successful Media Tax Department
Moderator: Dan McGuire, Partner, State & Local Tax, KPMG LLP
Panelists: Lucy Rutishauser, EVP & CFO, Sinclair Broadcast Group; Stephen P. Gibson, VP, CFO, The Washington Post; others TBA

Federal Stimulus and Relief Legislation – Media Industry Impacts
Moderator: Louis Lazar, Tax Partner, PwC
Panelists: Paul Nesterovsky, SVP Tax, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Andrew Prior, Tax Policy Services, PwC US

Alexandra Sampson, State Tax Council, Hearst

March 3, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET

Intersection of Tax and Corporate People Strategy
Moderator: Sean Hetzler, Senior Director, Tax, TEGNA Inc.
Panelists: Jean Nechvatal, Vice President, Human Resources, Tribune Publishing; Kristin Hansen, Director, Human Resources, Hearst Television; John Montgomery, Partner, KPMG

Trends, Opportunities, and Threats in State Taxation
Moderator: Duane Dobson, Director, Ryan
Panelists: Stephanie Do, Senior Tax Council, Council On State Taxation (COST); Alexandra Sampson, State Tax Council, Hearst; Alesia Lewis, Global Head of Tax, The Washington Post

“We are excited about the experts and topics we’ve assembled for our inaugural MFM Media Tax Summit,” said Mary M. Collins, president and CEO of MFM and its BCCA subsidiary, the media industry’s credit association. “Realizing 2021 will present unique challenges; our co-chairs have been deliberate in identifying media-specific challenges along with thought leaders to address them.”

Registration is free for MFM corporate members, $200 for each of the first two attendees from a non-corporate industry member organization and complimentary for each subsequent media industry registrant. Others, including those who work for companies that offer products, goods, or services to the media industry, must pay either the member rate of $100 (if they are members) or the non-member rate of $250 (which includes a one-year trial membership) for each Summit attendee. No refunds or credits will be given after February 26, 2021.

Registered participants are eligible to receive up to four (4) CPE credits toward their certified public accounting (CPA) license. MFM is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.
For more information, visit the MFM website:
About MFM and BCCA
Media Financial Management Association (MFM) is the premiere resource for financial professionals for media industry education, networking, and information sharing throughout the U.S. and Canada. More information about MFM is available on its website: and via its updates on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Its BCCA subsidiary serves as the media industry’s credit association. BCCA’s revenue management services encompass a variety of credit reports on national and local media advertisers and agencies, including Media Whys, a credit report for media businesses which offers a credit score based on industry-specific aging combined with trade data from Experian or D+B. More information about BCCA is available at as well as its updates on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.