Christine McCarthy, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, The Walt Disney Company and Rita Ferro, President, Advertising Sales, The Walt Disney Company, participated in a question-and-answer session at the SVB MoffettNathanson Technology, Media & Telecom Conference on Wednesday, May 17, 2023.
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