Janus Friis, the Danish entrepreneur who co-founded Joost, Kazaa and Skype, will deliver a keynote speech at the MidemNet Forum, held Jan. 26-27, 2008 in Cannes, organizers Reed Midem said today.

"Barely into his thirties, Janus Friis has already managed to turn the world of content access on its head through the numerous projects he has launched with Niklas Zennström," said MIDEM director Dominique Leguern in a statement.

As keynote speaker, Friis will provide delegates "with the global vision of an entrepreneur who has an unrivalled track record in the art of sensing and anticipating upcoming trends in this field and creating new economic models for the industry," she adds.

Named as one of the 100 most influential people in the Time Magazine 2006 list, Friis describes himself as a "disruptive Internet entrepreneur" on his blog.

Friis has set a goal for his latest project, the user-generated Joost service, developed with long-time Swedish-born collaborator Zennström, to become "the first truly global TV platform for high quality programming."

Friis and Zennström were also the brains behind the Kazaa P2P file-sharing system, and Skype, the peer-to-peer telephony application which in 2005 was sold to eBay in a deal worth $2.6 billion.

Other confirmed keynote speakers for technology-focused MidemNet -- which opens the Midem conference -- are Jean-Bernard Lévy, chairman and CEO of French media group Vivendi; Kevin Roberts, CEO Worldwide of advertisting giant Saatchi & Saatchi; and Tero Ojanperä, EVP and CTO of handset manufacturer Nokia.

The 42nd annual MIDEM will be held Jan. 27 to 31, 2008 at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France.

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