Online business innovator and IAC/InterActiveCorp Chairman and CEO Barry Diller, whose high-profile entry into the online real estate category and 2003 purchase of LendingTree captured the attention of the entire real estate industry, will deliver the keynote address at the Real Estate Connect 2004 Conference, set for July 28-30 at San Francisco’s Palace Hotel.

“Barry Diller is without peer when it comes to successfully leveraging the power of the Internet to transform the way businesses and consumers interact,” said Bradley Inman, founder of Inman News, the nation’s premier independent real estate news and information source and sponsor of the annual conference. “His focus on real estate brings welcomed new ideas, investment and energy to the industry. His keynote address promises to provide insight into his strategy and is sure to generate a good deal of enthusiasm.”

Diller is the chairman and chief executive officer of IAC, which engages worldwide in the business of interactivity via the Internet, the television and the telephone. IAC’s goal is to be the world’s largest and most profitable interactive commerce company by pursuing a multi-brand strategy through its operating businesses, which include Expedia Inc., Interval International and TV Travel Shop; Hotels.com; HSN; Ticketmaster; Match.com, which oversees uDate.com; Entertainment Publications; Citysearch; Precision Response Corp.; LendingTree; and Hotwire.

Since December 1992, beginning with QVC, Diller has served as chief executive for a number of predecessor companies engaged in media and interactivity prior to the formation of IAC.

From October 1984 to April 1992, he served as chairman and chief executive officer of Fox Inc. and was responsible for the creation of Fox Broadcasting Co., in addition to Fox’s motion picture operations.

Before joining Fox, Diller served for 10 years as the chairman and chief executive of Paramount Pictures Corp. In March 1983, in addition to Paramount, Diller became president of the conglomerate’s newly formed Entertainment and Communications Group, which included Simon & Schuster Inc., Madison Square Garden Corp. and SEGA Enterprises Inc. Prior to joining Paramount, he served as vice president of Prime Time Television for ABC Entertainment.

A native of San Francisco, Diller serves on the boards of The Washington Post Co. and the Coca-Cola Co. He is also a trustee of New York University and serves on the Executive Board for the Medical Sciences at UCLA, in addition to the boards of Conservation International, Channel 13/WNET and the Board of Councilors for the School of Cinema-Television at the University of Southern California.

Advance registration for Real Estate Connect 2004 is $449 for Inman News members and $499 for non-members. To register, go online to www.inman.com/connect, or call 1-800-775-4662, ext. 122. 

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