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Hollywood moguls, and others, start arriving in Sun Valley

July 7, 2009 |  2:43 pm


Media moguls are starting to trickle into Sun Valley, Idaho, for Allen & Co.'s 27th annual conference.

They are welcomed at Friedman Memorial Airport by a team of greeters in green shirts and shorts. A British woman, Andy Kellog, runs the team and warns those renting cars not to speed. "The cops are there," she says sternly.

Spotted arriving at the Sun Valley Inn was Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger with wife Willow Bay and Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav.

Already there has been an "incident" here as Universal Studios chief Ron Meyer made off with BET founder Bob Johnson's rental car. Meyer realized about halfway around the circle of the lodge that he was in the wrong car and promptly returned.

Blake Krikorian, the founder of Slingbox, who is rumored to be a candidate to take Chase Carey's job running DirecTV, cruised through the lobby in white shorts, a blue shirt and cool shades. He wouldn't comment on any talks with the satellite broadcaster but joked that he wasn't too keen on trying to replicate Carey's legendary mustache if he were to follow him.

Spouses are here as well. Elizabeth Wiatt, wife of Jim Wiatt, was busy putting her daughter on a bike for a midafternoon ride.

Reporters are gathered outside, mostly trying to figure out who's who, and have already dubbed themselves the "bizzerazzi." Most are grateful they're not at Staples Center.

-- Joe Flint

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Photo: Reserved parking space at Sun Valley/Joe Flint/Los Angeles Times