NATPE Selects Baha Mar Resort and Convention Center in Nassau, The Bahamas for its Annual Marketplace and Conference – January 17th-19th, 2023

New Destination will Address Need for Face-to-Face Meetings and will Focus on CONTENT, NETWORKING and MONETIZATION of the Evolving Industry as NATPE Celebrates 60 Years in Delivering Content Across the Globe

LOS ANGELES, June 28, 2022 – The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), the premier global business association for content producers, distributors, streamers and buyers across all platforms, has announced the move of its flagship international content marketplace and conference to Baha Mar Resort and Convention Center in Nassau, The Bahamas.

Under the theme, “CONTENT, NETWORKING and MONETIZATION” the program will include thought leadership sessions and curated networking meetings with top programming decision makers and executives spanning content production, distribution, marketing, advertising, finance and data. Networks and streaming platforms, local and global broadcasters, media buyers and investors will come together for three days of top-level discourse about moving the industry forward, sourcing deals and networking.

NATPE will also produce exclusive and curated meetings with buyers focusing on Drama, Unscripted, Kids and Factual programming, providing access to global distributors and producers eager to navigate the international acquisition marketplace.

The annual conference will again be the first major international content industry event of the year and take place January 17th – 19th, 2023. Remarked JP Bommel, President and CEO, NATPE, “After many months of research and discussions with our partners we have greenlit the move to this bold new destination. Our aim is to ensure that we provide added value and new revenue opportunities to attendees across the content ecosystem. With hundreds of new exhibition and activation options  and over forty restaurants and entertainment venues across three hotels, Baha Mar is perfect for both business meetings and the networking that has made NATPE an industry staple for decades. But most importantly we have secured cost efficiencies and safety measures that will make this experience a great one for all. The response from our community is not only enthusiastic but outlines a clear path for sales meetings on-site with their global teams.”

For more information and details on how to attend, exhibit, advertise or sponsor, please visit: www.natpe.com

About NATPE: 

National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) is a global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) is a global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events; all specially curated for the content industry. Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE’s rich history, spanning over five decades, cements its roots as the largest U.S.-based global content association. NATPE is committed to representing the needs of our evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to shape the future of the business of content. It organizes three trade shows: NATPE Global, the #1 global content show in the Americas; LA Screenings Independents, with focus in Latin America and US Hispanic; and NATPE Budapest, the ultimate destination for companies targeting CEE and CIS.

For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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PITCH & PLAY LIVE! Returns to NATPE Budapest International

Selection Committee Announced Highlight Event at Central Europe’s Premiere Content Marketplace

Los Angeles, CA and Budapest, Hungary – June 8, 2022 –  NATPE Budapest International, the most prominent global TV Marketplace and Screenings focused on the EMEA, CEE region while reaching the global content marketplace, along with CEETV – the most comprehensive professional source on television in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), are preparing the 6th edition of PITCH & PLAY LIVE! following a two-year pause due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 5th edition in 2020 was organized online as part of NATPE Virtual Budapest.   

The format pitching contest will be one of the main highlights of NATPE Budapest International  continuing the tradition to find the best formats from the Eastern European Region with the biggest potential to travel internationally. Previous winners have successfully got their shows picked up globally.

Today, NATPE and CEETV are proud to announce the members of the Selection Committee which will choose the three finalists of PITCH & PLAY LIVE! These are: 

Andrew Sime, Head of Format Sales at NEWEN; Dan Thunnel, Director, International Acquisitions, Distribution & Co-Productions at PROPAGATE; Nilufer Kuyel, CEO at LUCID DREAMS ENTERTAINMENT; JP Bommel, President and CEO at NATPE; and Georgi R. Chakarov, President and CEO at TVBIZZ Group which operates CEETV and TVBIZZ. 

The Selection Committee will evaluate each format based on three criteria: originality (how original is the idea for the format); universality (does the format idea show flexibility for changes and development) and internationality (does the format have the potential to be sold internationally) and the three shows that collect the most points will take part in the PITCH & PLAY LIVE! Final, which will take place on June 28th in the Intercontinental Budapest.

This unique event showcases and recognizes original unscripted format ideas with international potential. Any non-scripted format created after Jan 1, 2020 can be submitted for consideration in the competition.  Evaluation of the materials by the committee will start by June 10th. The finalists will be announced by June 16th.  

The following CEE countries have submitted their entries Poland, Ukraine, Estonia, Bulgaria and Hungary. The content will be screened on pitchplay.tv.

For details and information on how to apply for participation, please see https://pitchplay.tv/pplive/rules

About NATPE: 

National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) is a global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events; all specially curated for the content industry. Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE’s rich history, spanning over five decades, cements its roots as the largest U.S.-based global content association. NATPE is committed to representing the needs of our evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to shape the future of the business of content. It organizes three trade shows: NATPE Miami, the #1 global content show in the Americas; LA Screenings Independents, with focus in Latin America and US Hispanic; and NATPE Budapest, the ultimate destination for companies targeting CEE and CIS.

For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

About CEETV: 

CEETV is the most comprehensive professional source on television in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), founded in 2009 and part of TVBIZZ Group. We are a network of television experts and reporters united by the goal to provide an extensive outlook on the media markets in the CEE region.

CEETV supplies exclusive news and market intelligence on 20 countries, covering more than 100 leading terrestrial channels. Our service gives TV professionals the opportunity to actively monitor developments in the markets: the latest news and deals, ratings, market analysis and profiles of local channels and producers. Our clients can access current channel schedules and manage an On Air list, which includes air date information for international formats, local shows, acquired series and acquired non-scripted shows. Our extensive archive provides show descriptions and broadcast history of over 6.000 local shows, including 760+ international formats.For more information, please visit www.ceetv.net

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CONNIE CHUNG, KALEY CUOCO, ROBERT FRIEDMAN, PEARLENA IGBOKWE, SONEQUA MARTIN-GREEN, AND HENRY WINKLER ANNOUNCED AS PRESENTERS FOR 18TH ANNUAL BRANDON TARTIKOFF LEGACY AWARDS 

Awards Gala to Honor Channing Dungey, Whoopi Goldberg, Alex Kurtzman, Amy Poehler, Maury Povich, Jeff Sagansky, and William Shatner and be Hosted by Nancy O’Dell at the Beverly Wilshire on June 2, 2022 

LOS ANGELES – May, 26, 2022 – The presenters for NATPE’s 18th Annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards were revealed today. Nancy O’Dell will host the gala dinner that will be held on June 2 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. Presenters and the corresponding recipients are as follows:

  • Famed anchor and reporter, Connie Chung will present the award to storied talk show personality Maury Povich;
  • Actress/producer Kaley Cuoco (The Flight Attendant, The Big Bang Theory) will present to Warner Bros. Television Group Chairman, Channing Dungey;
  • Pearlena Igbokwe, Chairman, Universal Studio Group, will present to actress, comedian, writer, producer, and director Amy Poehler;
  • Robert Friedman, CEO, Bungalow Media + Entertainment will present to Eagle Equity Investment Partner and entertainment veteran, Jeff Sagansky;
  • Actress Sonequa Martin-Green (Star Trek: Discovery) will present to film and television writer, producer, and director Alex Kurtzman;
  • Actor Henry Winkler (Barry, Happy Days) will present to Actor, Director, Producer, Writer, Recording Artist, and Horseman William Shatner;
  • Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award-winner Whoopi Goldberg will be receiving her award virtually during the event.

The 2022 Tartikoff Legacy Award recipients are recognized for exhibiting their extraordinary passion, leadership, independence and vision through their diverse work in being a part of the creation and distribution of content for the world’s traditional and digital marketplaces. Named in honor of Brandon Tartikoff, one of the most esteemed programmers in the history of television, the Award was created to acknowledge a select group of television professionals who have demonstrated the highest degree of excellence in their field.

This will be the first time the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards gala will take place in Los Angeles after previously being a part of the NATPE Miami Marketplace and Conference. The Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards are part of a series of events taking place during 2022 as part of NATPE RETURNS. This will include events in New York, Budapest, and Los Angeles. 

JP Bommel commented: “On NATPE’s behalf, I want to thank this prestigious ensemble of presenters who are donating their time to honor the incredible lineup of storytellers and those who brings those stories to live and are honored tonight”

About NATPE

Celebrating over 55 years of service to the ever-evolving global television industry, NATPE continues to redefine itself and the services it provides to meet the needs of its members and the industry. What has remained constant is NATPE’s commitment to encouraging the growth and supporting the success of video content development, creations, production, financing, and distribution across all platforms. For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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NATPE BUDAPEST INTERNATIONAL CONFIRMS ALL MAJOR U.S. STUDIOS TO ATTEND

More than 300 Buyers and 60 Exhibitors expected  to Join Marketplace as it Returns In-Person June 27-30

Ukrainian Pavilion to Feature Five Broadcasters from the Country

LOS ANGELES, May 12, 2022 – The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), the premiere global business association for content producers, distributors, streamers and buyers across all platforms today announced NATPE International’s return to an in-person event in Budapest. The marketplace is expected to have around 300 buyers, including 37 broadcasters from the CEE, and more than 60 exhibitors from the U.S., U.K., Latin America, Central Europe and more. 

Confirmed exhibitors include MGM Television, NBCUniversal,  Warner Bros.Discovery,   Paramount Global, Columbia Pictures, A+E Networks, MADD, Kanal D International, Calinos, Global Agency, ATV, ZDF, Inter Medya, and Globo.to name a few. 

“As NATPE returns to in-person events, I am thrilled that NATPE Budapest International roars back in-person bringing fresh new content from around the world as we welcome back many distributors from around the globe and the strongest presence ever from CEE buyers. We are proud to host the Ukrainian Pavilion on the exhibition floor,” said JP Bommel, President and CEO, NATPE.

This year, there will also be a Ukrainian Pavilion, featuring five Ukrainian broadcasters.: Film.UA Group, 1+1 media, Ukraine TV Channels, StarLight Media, UA Suspilne (public broadcaster), and Ukrainian Content Global Cooperation.

“These dramatic times have unveiled to us the real meaning of the words like partnership, friendship, and support. We understand that the future of the Ukrainian content industry is firmly tied with the European market. NATPE is the next important step for the companies that come under the umbrella of Ukrainian Content Global Cooperation initiative (Film.UA Group, 1+1 media, Starlight Media, Ukraine TV Channels, Suspilne Media) for strengthening existing and finding new business opportunities. And there is some really big news that we’re going to announce in Budapest, so stay tuned!” says Kateryna Udut, CEO of MRM, the organizer of the initiative. 

NATPE Budapest is the ultimate marketplace to engage with global distributors and buyers from streamers and broadcasters. This year’s spotlight is on Turkish content.

For more information and registration details, please visit: www.natpe.com.

About NATPE: 

National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) is a global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events; all specially curated for the content industry. Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE’s rich history, spanning over five decades, cements its roots as the largest U.S.-based global content association. NATPE is committed to representing the needs of our evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to shape the future of the business of content. It organizes three trade shows: NATPE Miami, the #1 global content show in the Americas; LA Screenings Independents, with focus in Latin America and US Hispanic; and NATPE Budapest, the ultimate destination for companies targeting CEE and CIS.

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Kevin Broderick 
The Lippin Group (LA)
kevin@lippingroup.com

First-Ever NATPE Hollywood Reveals Heavy Hitter Agenda for Full Day Conference – June 1

Bob Greenblat, Dan Cohen, Jeff Sagansky, Jessica Reif Ehrlich, Kevin Beggs, Kathleen Finch, Pearlena Igbokwe, Kevin Mayer among those Set to Speak

Sessions to Tackle Linear, Streaming and International Content Investment, Marketing, Distribution, and More

LOS ANGELES, May 5, 2022 – The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), the premier global business association for content producers, distributors, streamers and buyers across all platforms, has revealed the full conference agenda for first-ever NATPE Hollywood. Taking place all day on June 1, 2022 at the W Hollywood Hotel, it will kick-off with welcoming remarks at 9:00 AM PT.   

The opening conversation at NATPE Hollywood will focus  on the evolving business of content since the introduction of streaming from a financial perspective. Matthew Belloni, Founding Partner of Puck News, will moderate a session featuring Lionsgate Television Group Chair, Kevin Beggs; Candle Media Co-CEO Kevin Mayer; and Managing Director and Senior Media & Entertainment Analyst at BofA Securities Global Research Jessica Reif Ehrlich

Additional speakers taking the stage in fireside chats and panel discussions include:

  • Former Chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment, Chairman of NBCUniversal Television Group, and founder of the production studio The Green Room, Bob Greenblatt, interviewed by Pearlena Igbokwe, Chairman, Universal Studio Group. 
  • President, ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group, Dan Cohen
  • Eagle Equity Investment Partner, Jeff Sagansky, interviewed by Robert Friedman, CEO, Bungalow Media + Entertainment;
  • Founder and Director, Center for the Digital Future, Jeffrey Cole;
  • Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer, Discovery Inc., Kathleen Finch; and more. 

For more information and details on registration, please visit: https://www.natpe.com/hollywood/agenda/

International Production Takes Center Stage

Another major focus of the event  will be a deep dive into the inner workings of international content production. Teresa Fernández-Valdés, Executive Producer, Bambú Producciones, a STUDIOCANAL Company; Firat Gulgen, CEO and Founder, Calinos; and Luca Bernabei, CEO and Producer, Lux Vide will be on stage for a session titled “Global Drama 2022: Where In-Language Originals Dominate.”

Immediately following this session, Françoise Guyonnet, Executive Managing Director TV Series, STUDIOCANAL; Matt Creasey, EVP, Sales, Coproductions & Acquisitions, Banijay Rights; Ana Bond, SVP & Managing Director, Intl Productions, LATAM & U.S. Hispanic, Sony Pictures Entertainment and; Christian Vesper, President of Global Drama, will take the stage for a panel titled “The Transformation of International Co-Productions”. 

Unscripted Execs Tackle the Changing Times

Covering the shifting nature of the unscripted industry the conference will close with a mega-panel moderated by Bruce David Klein, Founder and Executive Producer, Atlas Media Corp., and Phil Gurin, President & CEO of The Gurin Company, and Co-Chairman FRAPA. The session will feature Max Einhorn, SVP, Acquisitions and Co-Productions, FilmRise; Elaine Frontain Bryant, EVP and Head of Programming, A+E Networks; Peter Markham, CEO, Estrella Media; Ben Samek, President & Chief Operating Officer, Endemol Shine Americas; and Courtney White, President, Food Network. 

Premiering a Scripted Series in 2022

Any new scripted series for 2022 faces increased competition for building a loyal audience. Hear about AMC’s plans to tap new audiences for “Dark Winds,” a noir thriller series about two Navajo police, lead by a Native American writing team. This fireside chat features the series’ creator, Graham Roland, star, Zahn McLarnon, and leading exec at AMC Studios, president of Entertainment, Dan McDermott.

Said JP Bommel, President and CEO, NATPE, “As NATPE returns to in-person events, the  inaugural edition of NATPE Hollywood is a must attend event as we have gathered a massive list of influential content executives and key-decision makers in one-place, for one day, for a thought leadership summit on the competitive business of content. NATPE Hollywood is the place to meet with the players and reconnect with your peers.”

About NATPE

National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) is a global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events; all specially curated for the content industry. Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE’s rich history, spanning over five decades, cements its roots as the largest U.S.-based global content association. NATPE is committed to representing the needs of our evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to shape the future of the business of content. It organizes three trade shows: NATPE Miami, the #1 global content show in the Americas; LA Screenings Independents, with focus in Latin America and US Hispanic; and NATPE Budapest, the ultimate destination for companies targeting CEE and CIS.

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18th Annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards to Honor Channing Dungey, Whoopi Goldberg, Alex Kurtzman, Amy Poehler, Maury Povich, Jeff Sagansky, and William Shatner

Awards Gala to Make Los Angeles Debut at the Beverly Wilshire on June 2, 2022 as part of the NATPE RETURNS series of events to take place in New York, Los Angeles and Budapest in 2022

LOS ANGELES, April 21, 2022 – The recipients of NATPE’s 18th Annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards are Warner Bros. Television Group Chairman Channing Dungey, Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award-winner Whoopi Goldberg, film and television writer, producer, and director Alex Kurtzman, actress, comedian, writer, producer, and director Amy Poehler, storied talk show personality Maury Povich, programmer, producer and media investor Jeff Sagansky, and Actor, Director, Producer, Writer, Recording Artist, and Horseman William Shatner. The group will receive the prestigious award at a special reception on Thursday, June 2, 2022, at the Beverly Wilshire. 

The 2022 Tartikoff Legacy Award recipients are recognized for exhibiting their extraordinary passion, leadership, independence and vision through their diverse work in being a part of the creation and distribution of content for the world’s traditional and digital marketplaces. Named in honor of Brandon Tartikoff, one of the most esteemed programmers in the history of television, the Award was created to acknowledge a select group of television professionals who have demonstrated the highest degree of excellence in their field.

“Bringing the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award to Los Angeles for the first time is a milestone moment for NATPE,” said JP Bommel, President and CEO, NATPE. “This event is such an important part of our mission, and to have it make its return — in person, with such an accomplished group of creatives and executives being honored — is something we are very proud of.” 

This will be the first time the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards gala will take place in Los Angeles after previously being a part of the NATPE Miami Marketplace and Conference. The Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards are part of a series of events taking place during 2022 as part of NATPE RETURNS. This will include events in New York, Budapest, and Los Angeles. 

One of these events, NATPE Hollywood, will be taking place one day earlier at the W Hollywood Hotel. NATPE Hollywood will continue the conversations most important to the content industry including thought leadership keynotes on international drama, a focus on unscripted, sessions on international co-productions, conversations on streaming, and audience acquisition discussions. Please visit www.natpe.com for more information on everything happening at NATPE in 2022. 

This year’s recipients of the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award are: 

Channing Dungey – Highly esteemed TV industry leader Channing Dungey has served as Chairman, Warner Bros. Television Group, since January 2021. In this role, she has creative responsibility for all of Warner Bros.’ unrivaled television production activities, including  more than 100 scripted and unscripted/alternative series for on-demand/streaming platforms, premium/pay and basic cable channels, and the broadcast networks. She is the first woman to run the television operations at Warner Bros. in the Studio’s history, and she was previously the first Black executive to run the entertainment division at a major U.S. broadcast network as President of ABC Entertainment. See full bio HERE.

Whoopi Goldberg – Whoopi Goldberg is one of a very elite group of artists who have won the Grammy, the Academy Award, the Golden Globe, the Emmy and a Tony. She is also a prolific producer, entrepreneur and is well-known around the world for her many humanitarian endeavors. Born and raised in New York City, she performed in San Diego and the Bay Area with the Blake Street Hawkeyes theatre troupe. It was there that she created the characters which became “The Spook Show” and evolved into her hit Broadway show, Grammy Award-winning album and the HBO special that helped launch her career. Whoopi appeared in the 2020 adaptation of Stephen King’s best-selling novel “The Stand” for Paramount+ and played a recurring role on Amazon’s “Harlem.”  She reprises her iconic role of Guinan in season two of the Paramount+ series, “Star Trek: Picard” and has joined the cast of the Amazon series, “Anansi Boys,” based on Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed fantasy novel.   She lends her voice to the upcoming animated features “Pierre the Pigeon-Hawk” and “Luck,” and she appears in and produces the feature film, “Till,” for MGM’s Orion Pictures. Full bio can be HERE

Alex Kurtzman – As one of the leading creative voices in the entertainment industry today, Alex Kurtzman is known for his ability to bring complex source material, recognizable IP and original stories to screens with relatable, character-driven narratives that reach mass audiences and receive critical acclaim. Kurtzman and his production company Secret Hideout are dedicated to developing and producing a wide array of sophisticated and compelling content across all platforms through their overall TV deal with CBS Studios. Through the company, Kurtzman is at the helm of the growing “Star Trek” universe on Paramount+ including the award-winning STAR TREK: DISCOVERY; the critically acclaimed STAR TREK: PICARD, featuring Sir Patrick Stewart reprising his iconic role as Jean-Luc Picard; the animated comedy STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS; the animated series STAR TREK: PRODIGY, in partnership with Nickelodeon, that expands the franchise to young audiences; and highly anticipated new series STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. In addition, Secret Hideout is in development on a “Star Trek” project based on “Section 31,” with Michelle Yeoh attached to star. Kurtzman is also co-creator/executive producer and director of THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH, based on the Walter Tevis novel of the same name for Showtime. Full bio HERE

Amy Poehler – Amy Poehler is one of Hollywood’s most versatile and sought-after talents with credits including that of actress, writer, executive producer, and bestselling author. Poehler, perhaps best known for her starring role on the Emmy-nominated NBC comedy series Parks and Recreation, currently serves as co-creator, executive producer, and the lead voice of FOX’s animated series Duncanville, executive producer of Netflix’s Emmy-nominated series Russian Doll, and appears as co-host (alongside Nick Offerman) and executive producer of the hit crafting competition series Making It. In March 2022 Poehler made her documentary directorial debut with Amazon’s critically acclaimed documentary Lucy & Desi where she also executive produces alongside Imagine Documentaries & White Horse Pictures. She also serves as executive producer on the Amazon series Harlem on and Making It spinoff Baking It at Peacock both of which are now streaming. She recently starred and directed in Netflix’s Moxie and continues to serve as executive producer on Adult Swim’s half hour comedy series Three Busy Debras. She has a number of additional projects in development as part of her successful production company Paper Kite Productions, including the thriller-drama The Mother-In-Law, Peacock’s unscripted series The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning and the Netflix animated feature Steps.

Maury Povich – Maury Povich is the only television personality to have had three consecutive successful syndicated shows, beginning with the groundbreaking Fox tabloid news magazine A Current Affair (1986-1990), Paramount’s The Maury Povich Show (1991-1998), and NBCUniversal’s Maury (1998-present). Maury Povich is the longest running Daytime Talk Show Host in television history. See full bio HERE

Jeff Sagansky – Jeff Sagansky has been a longtime programmer, producer and investor in the entertainment/tech business. Over the past 11 years Sagansky has co-founded nine special purpose acquisition companies which have acquired and taken public companies including Draft Kings, Videocon DTH, India’s fastest growing satellite tv provider and most recently Gingko Bioworks, the leader in cell engineering in the largest biotech IPO in history. He is the former President of CBS Entertainment, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Tristar Pictures. Please find his full bio HERE

William Shatner – William Shatner has cultivated a career spanning over 60 years as an Actor, Director, Producer, Writer, Recording Artist, and Horseman.  He is one of Hollywood’s most recognizable figures and a major philanthropist. Full bio can be found HERE

Past honorees include Steven Bochco, James Burrows, Jane Fonda, Christine Baranski, David E. Kelley, Norman Lear, Eva Longoria, Quincy Jones, Rita Moreno, Mara Brock Akil, Courtney A. Kemp, Greg Berlanti, Dick Wolf, and Betty White, among others.  

For those interested in purchasing tickets should visit: HERE

About NATPE

Celebrating over 55 years of service to the ever-evolving global television industry, NATPE continues to redefine itself and the services it provides to meet the needs of its members and the industry. What has remained constant is NATPE’s commitment to encouraging the growth and supporting the success of video content development, creations, production, financing, and distribution across all platforms. For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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NATPE Unveils In-Person and Virtual Event Portfolio for 2022

First-Ever NATPE Hollywood Providing New Benefits for Members and Focusing on New Business Opportunities in Television, Streaming and Film – June 1st, 2022

IRIS Awards to Take Place During Upfronts in New York – May 17th, 2022; NATPE Budapest Returns – June 27-30th, 2022

LOS ANGELES, Feb 9 2022 – The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), the premier global business association for content producers, distributors, streamers and buyers across all platforms, has revealed the calendar of events, both in-person and virtual, the industry association has planned for the content community in 2022. 

With an emphasis on finding opportunities that bring the industry back together in-person, NATPE has scheduled multiple activities in New York, Los Angeles, and Europe to benefit NATPE membership. More details on the events below will be announced in the coming months.

NATPE Virtual: 2022 Station Group Summit “The Power of Local Television” – February 17th – NATPE shines a spotlight on the backbone of broadcast as we hear from industry leaders that shape the evolution and reinvention of the local television business. Planned to take the stage include the executive who runs one of the largest station groups, to those running the newest networks, as well as a first-look at a proprietary study on negating disruptions during local TV’s great reboot. From those driving digital networks and FAST channels to disruptors, NATPE is set to deliver a celebration, education, and amplification of the power of local television.

NATPE Virtual: “The Evolution and Transformation of Television” – April 17th, 2022 – Save the date now for a day of online sessions covering the changes in the industry including perspectives from the advertising community and programming dedicated to the Latin American market.

2022 IRIS Awards May 17th, 2022 – Originally planned for NATPE Miami 2022, the award reception will now be invitation-only and take place during the Upfronts in New York City. For more information, please see the initial release announcing this year’s award recipients: HERE.

NATPE HollywoodJune 1st, 2022 – Taking over the W Hotel in Hollywood, NATPE Hollywood will continue the conversations most important to NATPE Membership including thought leadership keynotes on international drama, a focus on unscripted, sessions on international co-productions, conversations on streaming, and audience acquisition discussions.

NATPE Budapest – June 27-30th, 2022 – Budapest, Hungary will mark the return of NATPE’s international conference and marketplace highlighted with fresh international drama screenings.

NATPE Streaming PlusSeptember 12th, 2022 – A staple in the NATPE calendar, the 4th Annual NATPE Streaming Plus will return to the W Hotel Hollywood for another year focusing on every aspect of the ever-changing landscape of streaming entertainment.

JP Bommel, President and CEO of NATPE commented, “True to our mission to be the indispensable resource in the content evolution, NATPE returns in a big way with a collection of unmissable events on both coasts and internationally that continue to provide connectivity, business intelligence and business opportunities for our members. We are so excited to be back together with all of you in May at the IRIS Awards. We are certain that each of these events will have an impact on our industry, including our brand new conference NATPE Hollywood.” 

For more information on these events details become available, please visit www.natpe.com. Both virtual events happening in February and April respectively, are free to attend.

About NATPE

NATPE is the largest U.S-based global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events, including NATPE Miami Marketplace + Conference, L.A. Screenings Independents, NATPE Budapest International and NATPE Streaming Plus.  Having launched NATPE Virtual, the global, year-round platform, the organization is fulfilling its mission to be one-stop shop for content.  NATPE V-Fronts™ is a stand-alone, custom-curated opportunity for all distributors and producers globally to provide screenings and showcases anywhere and at any time.  Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE, with a history of over five decades, is committed to representing the needs of its evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to be the indispensable resource in the evolution of content as the conduit to connectivity, business insights and opportunity.

For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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NATPE MIAMI 2022 CANCELS IN-PERSON CONFERENCE TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF ALL ATTENDEES

New Programs, Events, and Activities in Development to Bring Professional and Financial Opportunities to NATPE Membership in 2022

LOS ANGELES, January 9, 2022 – After serious consideration of the health and safety of all attendees, as well as the quality of the event experience for its membership and other constituents, NATPE Miami 2022 has canceled the in-person Conference planned from January 18-20 this month in Miami, Florida with new dates and locations under consideration for the next NATPE Conference and Marketplace. The decision was announced today by JP Bommel, President and CEO of the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), the premier global business association for content producers, distributors, streamers and buyers across all platforms.

NATPE is in the process of developing a plan to create both virtual and in-person events (when appropriate) throughout the year with either no fees or limited ones in appreciation for the support NATPE has received from many people around the world.

JP Bommel, President and CEO, NATPE remarked, “Although this decision from a financial point of view will cost the organization a great deal of money, that was secondary to our primary concern, which is to put the welfare of our members first. We put a great deal of safety protocols in place, but it is just not enough given the intensity of this virus which is spreading at an enormous rate all over the world. We look forward to producing a strong conference at the right time and under the best circumstances, and to provide all our attendees with the greatest value we can offer.”

For more information on NATPE please visit www.natpe.com.

About NATPE

National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) is a global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events; all specially curated for the content industry. Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE’s rich history, spanning over five decades, cements its roots as the largest U.S.-based global content association. NATPE is committed to representing the needs of our evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to shape the future of the business of content. It organizes three trade shows: NATPE Miami, the #1 global content show in the Americas; LA Screenings Independents, with focus in Latin America and US Hispanic; and NATPE Budapest, the ultimate destination for companies targeting CEE and CIS.

For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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NATPE MIAMI 2022 UPDATES NATPE-SAFE PROTOCOLS TO INCLUDE ON-SITE TESTING

NATPE-Safe Protocols to be in Effect, Including Proof of Vaccination and Temperature Checks Throughout the Event

LOS ANGELES, December 23, 2021 – The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), the premier global business association for content producers, distributors, streamers and buyers across all platforms, has updated its health and safety protocols.  NATPE Safe, which now includes on-site testing in addition to the already required proof of vaccination, will be in effect during NATPE Miami 2022. From January 18-20, the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami will be home for the in-person return of the leading one-stop shop for commerce around global content.

With the health and safety of exhibitors, buyers, sponsors, honorees, partners and all attendees as top priority, NATPE will be following the highest standards and COVID-related protocols. Continually refined with guidance from the CDC, WHO and local authorities, and in effect for the entirety of the event, this will include, among other things: mandatory proof of vaccination for all attendees, outdoor tents for sessions and meetings, and designated NATPE Safe zones fully controlled by the event production team.

In regards to testing, NATPE will make two options available to conference and marketplace attendees:

Optional Rapid Antigen COVID-19 Testing:

In accordance with NATPE’s commitment to create the highest possible standards of health and well-being for its honorees and guests, NATPE will now offer optional Rapid Antigen COVID-19 Testing for all attendees on the main dates of the event.

Guests that take advantage of the daily testing will receive identification (i.e. wrist badge) of their negative COVID test. Individual Exhibitors and Sponsors may choose to require testing in order to meet with their staff. Please check with Organizations you plan to take appointments with to confirm their testing policies.

Testing will be available on a limited basis. To take advantage of this service, you must first make an appointment and sign a waiver. More information on how to make an appointment will be available in the near future.

Departure Rapid PCR COVID-19 Testing:

NATPE will provide a PCR COVID-19 Test for international attendees that require a negative PCR COVID test 72 hours or less before entering back into an individual’s country of origin. This testing is being offered to simplify and expedite the process of getting tested in advance of a return trip home from NATPE Miami. A fee of $150,00 is required per test.

Please note: To ensure that everybody who must have a PCR test is able to get one, we ask that delegates only use this service if they require a PCR test to travel internationally.

Important: NATPE Safe Protocols to be Active During the Event

NATPE Safe Protocols are to ensure everyone’s safety within areas that require a NATPE badge. Non-NATPE areas, including elevators and common areas, are subject to local regulations, while the exhibition suites are subject to the suite holder and local regulations.  NATPE Safe protocols include:

  • Proof of vaccination will be required to receive a badge and attend NATPE Miami.
  • NATPE has created a daily health survey which will be filled out by attendees on everyone’s mobile phones.
  • Complimentary face masks will be available on-site.
  • NATPE Safe Stations will be set up throughout the event, which includes: touch-free sanitizer, disposable masks and other safety items.
  • Temperature checks will be taken before entering certain parts of the NATPE event (i.e. the mainstage conference session or the exhibition floor).
  • The NATPE Networking Tent will provide an outdoor option for networking. Some conference sessions will also take place outside at the tent.
  • Masks will be mandatory for all NATPE staff, service providers and vendors, and masks are highly recommended for all attendees.
  • NATPE will increase the disinfection of the meeting areas.
  • Cleaning will be reinforced in all exhibition spaces.
  • High-contact areas will be frequently disinfected.
  • NATPE has created privatized areas for badge holders only to meet throughout the hotel property.

For more information on NATPE Safe protocols please visit www.natpe.com/miami/natpesafe.

About NATPE

National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) is a global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events; all specially curated for the content industry. Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE’s rich history, spanning over five decades, cements its roots as the largest U.S.-based global content association. NATPE is committed to representing the needs of our evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to shape the future of the business of content. It organizes three trade shows: NATPE Miami, the #1 global content show in the Americas; LA Screenings Independents, with focus in Latin America and US Hispanic; and NATPE Budapest, the ultimate destination for companies targeting CEE and CIS.

For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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NATPE MIAMI 2022 ADDS SPEAKERS AND PROGRAMMING FOR IN-PERSON CONFERENCE + MARKETPLACE – JANUARY, 18-20 2022

More Details Revealed including Sessions on International Drama Production and Unscripted, a Stage Setting Session with Jessica Reif Ehrlich, Kevin Mayer and Kevin Beggs and More

Mario Lopez Joins the Iconic IRIS Awards as Presenter of the Lew Klein Leadership Award to Recipient Valari Staab

NATPE Returns to Miami with NATPE Safe Protocols Ready 

LOS ANGELES, December 16, 2021 – The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), the premier global business association for content producers, distributors, streamers and buyers across all platforms, has revealed the additional programming details for NATPE Miami 2022 including the opening session. The annual in-person event is set to take place from January 18-20, 2022, at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami, Florida. Safety protocols pre-event and during the event can be found HERE

Following the Money: from Content Investments to Ad Spending

This year’s edition of NATPE Miami will kick off on Tuesday, January 18, with a conversation on the evolving business of content since the introduction of streaming from a financial perspective. Matthew Belloni, Founding Partner of Puck News, will moderate a session featuring Lionsgate Television Group Chair, Kevin Beggs; Aventine LLC Co-CEO Kevin Mayer; and Managing Director and Senior Media & Entertainment Analyst at BofA Securities Global Research Jessica Reif Ehrlich.

On Wednesday,  Laura Molen, President Advertising and Partnerships at NBCUniversal will keynote, and then kick off a timely media-buyers discussion on revenue opportunities in advertising and marketing featuring Denise Ocasio, Executive Director, Investment at Mindshare; Brian Doherty, SVP, Ad Sales, CW; and Mike Peretz, EVP, Ad Sales Revenue Management, A+E. 

International Production Takes Center Stage

The afternoon of the first day of NATPE will be dedicated to the inner workings of international content production. Teresa Fernández-Valdés, Executive Producer, Bambú Producciones, a STUDIOCANAL Company; Firat Gulgen, CEO and Founder, Calinos;; and Luca Bernabei, CEO and Producer, Lux Vide will be on stage for a session titled “Global Drama 2022: Where In-Language Originals Dominate.”

That will be immediately followed by a hotly anticipated conversation on the  transformation of international co-productions featuring Francoise Guyonnet, Executive Managing Director TV Series, STUDIOCANAL; Matt Creasey, EVP, Sales, Co-Productions & Acquisitions, Rest of the World, Banijay Rights; Ana Bond, SVP and Managing Director, International Production, Latin America, Sony; and Christian Vesper, President of Global Drama, Fremantle. 

Unscripted Execs Tackle the Changing Times

A staple of the NATPE Miami conference, the unscripted track will feature a keynote conversation with Kathleen Finch, Chief Lifestyle Brand Officer, Discover Inc., followed by a session on the shifting nature of the unscripted industry moderated by Bruce David Klein, Founder and Executive Producer, Atlas Media Corp., and featuring Ben Samek, President & Chief Operating Officer, Endemol Shine Americas; Max Einhorn, SVP, Acquisitions and Co-Productions, FilmRise; Elaine Frontain Bryant, EVP and Head of Programming, A+E Networks; and Courtney White, President, Food Network. 

Closing out the track will be a panel titled “Hot Global Formats and International Co-productions” presented by FRAPA (The Format Recognition and Protection Association) featuring CJ Yu, Head of Unscripted Development Global Formats, Amazon; Carlotta Rossi Spencer, Head of Format Acquisition, Banijay Group; Paul Gilbert, SVP, International Formats, ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group; Enrique Guillen, EVP, International Strategy, NBC Universal. The conversation will be moderated by Phil Gurin, President & CEO of The Gurin Company, and Co-Chairman FRAPA.

The Audio Explosion Joins NATPE Miami

A new addition to this year’s conference will be a session on growing audio content space produced in partnership with Podcast Movement and titled “How Television is Becoming a Part of the Podcast Movement.”  Becky Rho, Director of Podcast & Digital Production, HBO and HBO Max; Donald Albright, CEO, Tenderfoot TV;  and Aaron Hart, Head of TV/Film, Wondery, will discuss the value of podcasts as a springboard for television program development, as a way to build deeper connections with television audiences, and as an opportunity for television networks to create original content in a new medium. Rebecca Jarvis, Host and creator of “The Dropout” podcast and ABC News chief business, technology & economics correspondent will moderate. 

Mario Lopez Joins IRIS Awards Celebration

The Station Group Summit, a Day 2 concurrent track to the main stage sessions, is shaping up to be an amazing event. The recipients of the IRIS Awards were previously announced and can be found HERE. Mario Lopez, Actor and Host of Access Hollywood and Access Daily is now confirmed to join the iconic IRIS Awards as the presenter of the Lew Klein Leadership Award, which will be given to Valari Staab, President, NBCUniversal Local. More details on the panel sessions that will be presented as part of the Station Group Summit will be released in the coming weeks, available at NATPE.com. 

Find more details on all programming at www.natpe.com/miami/agenda.

Said JP Bommel, President and CEO, NATPE, “This year’s conference focuses on new opportunities and new markets in streaming, international co-productions, financing and a ground-breaking session on advertising and monetization. As we return in-person, NATPE fulfills its mission to connect, educate and accelerate business opportunities across all platforms” 

Organizations that have confirmed attendance at NATPE Miami include A+E, Banijay Americas, Disney – ABC, Globo, Lionsgate, MGM, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Television, Univision, ViacomCBS, and WarnerMedia are among the companies confirmed to attend  the first major content event of the new year. Global streaming platforms such as Pluto, Tubi, and Redbox will participate as well.

With the health and safety of exhibitors, buyers, sponsors, honorees, partners and all registered attendees as top priority, NATPE will be following the highest standards and COVID-related protocols. Continually updated with guidance from the CDC, WHO and local authorities, and in effect for the entirety of the event, this flagship market & conference will require  proof of vaccination for all in attendance  at indoor events and at the outdoor tents for programmed sessions and meetings, and at designated NATPE Safe zones fully controlled by the event production team. For more information on NATPE Safe protocols please visit www.natpe.com/miami/natpesafe.

For updates and a complete agenda of events, please visit NATPE’s website at: www.natpe.com

About NATPE

National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) is a global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events; all specially curated for the content industry. Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE’s rich history, spanning over five decades, cements its roots as the largest U.S.-based global content association. NATPE is committed to representing the needs of our evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to shape the future of the business of content. It organizes three trade shows: NATPE Miami, the #1 global content show in the Americas; LA Screenings Independents, with focus in Latin America and US Hispanic; and NATPE Budapest, the ultimate destination for companies targeting CEE and CIS.

For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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2022 IRIS AWARDS TO HONOR NBCUNIVERSAL’S VALARI DOBSON STAAB, HEARST TELEVISION’S EMERSON COLEMAN, WOLF ENTERTAINMENT, TAMRON HALL, TELCO PRODUCTIONS’ ALEX PAEN, AND CBS MEDIA VENTURES’ INSIDE EDITION AT NATPE MIAMI

Honoring Transformative Achievements in Broadcast Television, The Iconic IRIS AWARDS Luncheon to Headline Station Group Summit as part of NATPE Miami 2022 — Live from the Fontainebleau in Miami on January 19th, 2022

LOS ANGELES, December 1, 2021 – National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), the premier global business association for content producers, distributors, streamers, and buyers across all platforms, today announced the recipients for the 2022 Iris Awards.

The ceremony will take place as part of NATPE Miami, live and in-person on Wednesday, January 19th, 2022. Hosted by Soledad O’Brien (journalist and CEO of Soledad O’Brien Productions), the luncheon event will cap off a full slate of programming dedicated to the most pressing topics concerning the station group community.

This year’s Iris Award honorees are:

  • Lew Klein Award for Leadership: Valari Dobson Staab, President, NBCUniversal Local
  • NATPE Chairman Award for Lifetime Achievement: Emerson Coleman, Senior Vice President, Programming, Hearst Television
  • Award for Excellence, Global Content and Branding: Wolf Entertainment (the iconic creators of the Law & Order, Chicago, and FBI brands)
  • NATPE Enterprise Award: Alex Paen, Founder & President, Telco Productions, Inc.
  • Award for Excellence, Television Presenter: Tamron Hall, host and executive producer of The Tamron Hall Show
  • Award for Excellence, Television Program, Special or Series: Inside Edition, (the #1 syndicated newsmagazine, produced and distributed by CBS Media Ventures)

NATPE’s Iris Awards were created to recognize best-in-class executives, program producers, creators, talent, and content that makes a significant impact on the industry and our culture.  In 2021 the organization once again honors a very select group who demonstrate excellence in the world of the broadcasting industry. The awards luncheon will take place as part of NATPE’s Station Group Summit, a yearly fixture that takes place within the overall NATPE Miami event. Session programming for the Station Group Summit, including keynotes from leaders in the industry, will be released in the coming month.

Also in attendance to present, or accept the awards are:

  • George Cheeks (CEO & President of CBS Entertainment Group)
  • Mario Lopez (actor and host of Access Hollywood and Access Daily)
  • Deborah Norville (anchor of Inside Edition)
  • Elliot Wolf (EVP digital for Wolf Entertainment)
  • Zeeko Zaki (star of Wolf Entertainment/Universal Television’s CBS series FBI)

Remarked JP Bommel, President and CEO, NATPE: “The Station Group community is an essential part of NATPE and as we continue to have important conversations about the shifts happening in the local content industry, it is essential that we spotlight the leaders of broadcast and syndicated television. The extraordinary talent and influential content and companies recognized at the IRIS Awards this year are indicative of the vibrant event we expect from the Station Group Summit overall.”

From January 18-20, 2022, the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami will be home for the in-person return of the leading one-stop shop for commerce around global content. More details on the executives speaking and the full programming agenda for 2022 NATPE Miami Conference and Marketplace, will be made available at www.natpe.com/miami/agenda.

About NATPE

National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) is a global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events; all specially curated for the content industry. Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE’s rich history, spanning over five decades, cements its roots as the largest U.S.-based global content association. NATPE is committed to representing the needs of our evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to shape the future of the business of content. It organizes three trade shows: NATPE Miami, the #1 global content show in the Americas; LA Screenings Independents, with focus in Latin America and US Hispanic; and NATPE Budapest, the ultimate destination for companies targeting CEE and CIS.

For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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NATPE MIAMI 2022 TO FEATURE MAIN STAGE CONVERSATIONS WITH TOP CONTENT INDUSTRY NEWSMAKERS AND LEADERS

Including Bob Greenblatt, Byron Allen, Chris Abrego, Dan Cohen, Jeff Sagansky, Jessica Reif Ehrlich, Kathleen Finch, Laura Molen, and Soledad O’Brien

A+E, Banijay Americas, Debmar-Mercury, Disney-ABC, Globo, MGM, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Television, Univision, ViacomCBS, WarnerMedia Among Those Confirmed to return to Miami for the In-Person Marketplace and Conference – January 18-20, 2022

LOS ANGELES, November 19, 2021 – The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), the premier global business association for content producers, distributors, streamers and buyers across all platforms, has revealed the first programming details for NATPE Miami 2022.  The annual in-person event is set to take place from January 18-20, 2022, at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami, Florida.

The main stage program’s first programming details include conversations and fireside chats with:

  • Former Chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment, Chairman of NBCUniversal Television Group, and founder of the production studio The Green Room, Bob Greenblatt will be interviewed by Soledad O’Brien, host of Matter of Fact;
  • Chairman and CEO, Allen Media Group, Byron Allen;
  • Chairman of the Americas, Banijay and President and CEO, Endemol Shine Holdings, Cris Abrego
  • President, ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group, Dan Cohen;  
  • Eagle Equity Investment Partner, Jeff Sagansky will be interviewed by Robert Friedman, CEO, Bungalow Media + Entertainment;
  • Senior Media and Entertainment Analyst, BofA Securities, Inc., Jessica Reif Ehrlich
  • Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer, Discovery Inc., Kathleen Finch
  • President of Ad Sales and Partnerships, NBCUniversal, Laura Molen.

The industry will once again converge in South Beach, home of the in-person return of the leading one-stop shop for commerce around global content. From production, distribution and streaming  to advertising, marketing, and investing, every aspect of the content industry will be covered in conversation both by the speakers and the attendees networking throughout the hotel’s property. More details on leading executives speaking at the conference portion of the event will be revealed in the coming weeks. 

Additionally, today, as a sign of the momentum NATPE is seeing as its early 2022 flagship event rapidly approaches, the organization has announced that A+E, Banijay Americas, Debmar-Mercury, Disney – ABC, Globo, MGM, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Television, Univision, ViacomCBS, and WarnerMedia are among the companies confirmed to attend  the first major content event of the new year. Global streaming platforms such as Pluto, Tubi, and Redbox to participate as well.

Said JP Bommel, President and CEO, NATPE, “We are thrilled to be back in-person in Miami with safety as our main priority and, with a programming lineup that represents the evolution and transformation of the content industry. The conference is designed to address new business opportunities, new markets and financing of global productions as there is a huge demand for fresh content globally in television, film and streaming.”

Additional speakers and event updates will be published as they become available on NATPE’s website at: www.natpe.com

About NATPE

National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) is a global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events; all specially curated for the content industry. Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE’s rich history, spanning over five decades, cements its roots as the largest U.S.-based global content association. NATPE is committed to representing the needs of our evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to shape the future of the business of content. It organizes three trade shows: NATPE Miami, the #1 global content show in the Americas; LA Screenings Independents, with focus in Latin America and US Hispanic; and NATPE Budapest, the ultimate destination for companies targeting CEE and CIS.

For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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NATPE MIAMI MAKES IN-PERSON RETURN TO SOUTH FLORIDA — JANUARY 18-20, 2022

“NATPESafe” Protocols, Including Proof of Vaccination and Highest Safety Standards, to be in Effect

The Annual Global Content Conference and Marketplace to Address the Transformation and Evolution of the Industry Focusing on New Business, New Markets, and Financing

LOS ANGELES, October 28, 2021 – The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), the premier global business association for content producers, distributors, streamers and buyers across all platforms, is returning to Miami from January 18-20, 2022. NATPE is the leading one-stop shop for commerce around global content.

After a virtual event in January 2021, NATPE Miami will once again welcome attendees from around the globe.  A list of speakers and an event schedule will be announced soon.

With the health and safety of exhibitors, buyers, sponsors, honorees, partners and all attendees as top priority, NATPE will be following the highest standards and COVID-related protocols. Continually refined with guidance from the CDC, WHO and local authorities, and in effect for the entirety of the event, this flagship market & conference will include, among other things: mandatory proof of vaccination for all attendees, outdoor tents for select sessions and meetings, and designated NATPE Safe zones fully controlled by the event production team. For more information on NATPE Safe protocols please visit www.natpe.com/miami/natpesafe.

Said JP Bommel, President and CEO, NATPE, “We are thrilled to see our exhibitors, sponsors coming back to Miami and to be welcoming new partners as we are ready to be the new year’s first major platform for the business of content as the industry continue to evolve globally. All of us at NATPE are hard at work building a strong program focusing on new business, new markets, and financing. But most importantly, we look forward to NATPE Miami as a time to celebrate our return in person for what is sure to be a productive and educational week in the content industry.”

For more information, please visit https://www.natpe.com/

About NATPE

National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) is a global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events; all specially curated for the content industry. Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE’s rich history, spanning over five decades, cements its roots as the largest U.S.-based global content association. NATPE is committed to representing the needs of our evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to shape the future of the business of content. It organizes three trade shows: NATPE Miami, the #1 global content show in the Americas; LA Screenings Independents, with focus in Latin America and US Hispanic; and NATPE Budapest, the ultimate destination for companies targeting CEE and CIS.

For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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PROLIFIC GLOBAL ACTORS JOHN LEGUIZAMO, MANOLO CARDONA, AND PRODUCER FRIDA TORRESBLANCO JOIN TOP EXECUTIVES FROM STREAMING COMPANIES, NETWORKS, MEDIA AGENCIES, AND BRANDS AT NATPE STREAMING PLUS

NATPE UNVEILS SCHEDULE FOR IN-PERSON EVENT AT THE W HOLLYWOOD IN LOS ANGELES ON NOVEMBER 10, 2021

AMC, CW, DISCOVERY, EPIX, HBO MAX, HEARST, HORIZON MEDIA, MAKER’S MARK, PARAMOUNT+, ROKU, SPECTRUM REACH, STARCOM, TELEMUNDO, TUBI, UNIVISION, VIACOMCBS AND MORE AMONG COMPANIES FEATURED

Los Angeles, October 14, 2021NATPE, today revealed an updated schedule of sessions and an additional wave of companies confirmed to speak at the 3rd Annual NATPE Streaming Plus. The event marks the first in-person event of the year for NATPE, the premiere global business association for content producers, distributors, streamers, and buyers across all platforms.  

Taking place at the W Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles California on November 10, 2021 (in addition to being broadcast virtually), all in-person portions of NATPE Streaming Plus will have “NATPE Safe” procedures in place to ensure everyone’s well being. 

The single-day event is uniquely defined by its focus on the theme of “Choosing a Streaming Lane” — reflecting how the industry’s leading streaming platforms are redefining their position based on business or revenue models such as FAST, AVOD, and SVOD, or a combination of the three. 

The keynotes and panel sessions will define the details of what is happening today and tomorrow in streaming media, paving the way for producers, programming execs, promoters, researchers, and media buyers to conduct business together. An up-to-date program can be found HERE

“We have become the signature event for those navigating today’s changing television industry, and getting back together in-person marks an exciting moment for us,” said NATPE President and CEO JP Bommel.  “As the streaming ecosystem continues to evolve, FAST, AVOD, and SVOD are dominating the conversation.  We are thrilled to be bringing together the industry’s top minds, to help us navigate this space by sharing intel which will make it easier for producers, programmers, executives, promoters, researchers, and media buyers to conduct business together.”

NATPE Streaming Plus attracts the top decision-makers from the most popular global streaming destinations and producers. Confirmed to take the stage to speak at the event include HBO MAX, MAG Consulting, MGM’s EPIX, Roku, Sator, Telemundo, Tubi, and ViacomCBS, to name a few.

A few highlights include:

  • A roundtable discussion on creating content for global streamers with John Leguizamo (Moulin Rouge, John Wick), Manolo Cardona (Who Killed Sara?, Narcos), Frida Torresblanco (The Dancer Upstairs, The Assassination of Richard Nixon, Pan’s Labyrinth) , and moderated by JC Acosta, ViacomCBS International Studios and Networks Americas.
  • An afternoon keynote from Sarah Aubrey, head of original content HBO MAX, discussing the creation of content for the platform’s ad-supported tier. 
  • A branded content forum with Josh Clark, senior brand manager, Maker’s Mark U.S., Rachael Scholten, VP, Starcom Content, and moderated by Brian Toombs, director, head of content, Roku Brand Studios. 
  • Michael Wright, President, Epix, will speak on stage about the strategies for predicting future hits that will virtually guarantee subscriber growth and retention. 
  • Romina Rosado, EVP and General Manager of Hispanic Streaming NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises will address key challenges for growing streaming today 

For more information and tickets please visit the REGISTRATION PAGE

About NATPE

National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) is a global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events; all specially curated for the content industry. Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE’s rich history, spanning over five decades, cements its roots as the largest U.S.-based global content association. NATPE is committed to representing the needs of our evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to shape the future of the business of content. It organizes three trade shows: NATPE Miami, the #1 global content show in the Americas; LA Screenings Independents, with focus in Latin America and US Hispanic; and NATPE Budapest, the ultimate destination for companies targeting CEE and CIS.

For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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WHIP MEDIA AND NATPE PARTNER TO LAUNCH REPORT ON DEMAND FOR GLOBAL CONTENT IN THE U.S.

The NATPE Navigator Helps Buyers and Distributors Evaluate What Global Content is Most Popular Among U.S. Viewers To Make More Informed Content Acquisition and Sales Decisions

LOS ANGELES, September 22, 2021Whip Media, the leading enterprise software platform and data provider to the world’s largest entertainment organizations, and the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) today announced a partnership to provide a new data report for the entertainment industry with cross-platform insights on how U.S. audiences are consuming international TV series.

As TV series are traveling beyond borders to find new audiences, the new NATPE Navigator report highlights what original content produced outside the U.S. is among the most viewed domestically. The report provides intelligence to the industry to make more strategic buying and selling decisions as consumers are increasingly watching global TV series that have fresh talent and storytelling. Platforms are looking for new ways to capture the attention of viewers and differentiate themselves from competitors.

The NATPE report is compiled utilizing Whip Media’s proprietary global panel of consumers who report what programs they follow and watch and, further, how they feel about those shows. The panel is made up of 18 million viewers in over 170 countries and provides data on more than 4.5 million movie and TV episodes on 1,100 global platforms. 

The NATPE Navigator ranks the top ten most viewed non-U.S. TV series among U.S. viewers. The report also provides a snapshot of a specific global title including who is watching it, how people feel about it, what else they are watching, and where that title is available on SVOD services globally based on real-time streaming availability data provided by Whip Media’s partner, BB, a leading media intelligence and content distribution researcher.

“We at NATPE are proud of our position as a resource for this industry that has seen countless changes to the global content marketplace and are always looking for new ways to provide additional insights and guidance to our members,” said JP Bommel, President and CEO of NATPE. “This partnership with Whip Media will do just that, and we are eager to see the results of their study as we continue to navigate the shifts our industry is going through.”

“With the growing consumer demand for new TV series and movies, content is no longer staying within its originating territories, but it’s still difficult to predict hits and what content will resonate with local viewers,” said Carol Hanley, President of Whip Media. “We’re excited to partner with NATPE to provide this new actionable data to the industry along with insights on how to fill gaps in their programming in a marketplace now unbound by geography.”

Starting today, the NATPE Navigator is available bi-monthly on the NATPE and Whip Media websites and will be distributed in the NATPE newsletter.

About Whip Media

Whip Media is transforming the global content licensing ecosystem with a market-leading enterprise software platform that centrally connects data, processes and teams throughout the digital distribution journey. Powered by proprietary data and predictive insights, we enable the world’s top entertainment organizations including Hulu, NBCU, Paramount, Sony, Lionsgate, BBC, HBO, AT&T, T-Mobile, Liberty Global, Discovery, and Pluto TV to efficiently distribute, control and monetize their TV and movie content to drive revenue and direct-to-consumer growth. The company’s newest innovation, the Whip Media Exchange is a next-generation content rights marketplace that makes global film and TV content licensing faster and more efficient. For more information, visit http://whipmedia.com.

About NATPE

NATPE is a global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events; all specially curated for the content industry. Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE’s rich history, spanning over five decades, cements its roots as the largest U.S.-based global content association. NATPE is committed to representing the needs of our evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to shape the future of the business of content. It organizes three trade shows: NATPE Miami, the #1 global content show in the Americas; LA Screenings Independents, with focus in Latin America and US Hispanic; and NATPE Budapest, the ultimate destination for companies targeting CEE and CIS.For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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Kevin Broderick
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Globo Presents Exclusive Showcase of if Hit Telenovelas As Part of NATPE V-fronts™

‘TELENOVELAS BY GLOBO: BIG HITS ANATOMY’ gathers top creators to share the formula for success of their stories  

August 27, 2021 – This year, Brazilian telenovela celebrate its 70th anniversary, 45 of which command a strong and successful sales record in the international market. In a digital event held in a partnership with NATPE exclusively for buyers and distributors all around the world, GLOBO, will reinforce the relevance and the competitive edge of the genre, as well as the success of GLOBO telenovelas worldwide, while sharing the reasons Brazilian telenovelas create actual success cases and drive business 

“NATPE V-Fronts presents Telenovelas by Globo: Big Hits Anatomy’ reveals cases from the recent production of “Sweet Diva”, a story of overcoming and optimism, and “A Life Worth Living”, which brings a positive message and shows that life must be valued at every moment. These two stories, that have been earning over fans wherever they run, will be showcased in addition to family drama “Once We Were Six”, a remake of a Brazilian literature classic that has been a hit throughout decades. “Once We Were Six” is also the most recent release from GLOBO, the largest producing company in Latin America, in the market. 

The showcase presentation will be headed by British journalist Ali May, writer and producer , who has hosted leading industry executives and Hollywood megastars at European events, such as Berlinale, MIPCOM and Content London. The event will count on the participation of the renowned authors and directors of the three super productions to share the ingredients that engage audiences and more details about their creations. 

For “Sweet Diva”, a telenovela currently running in countries such as Argentina, Uruguay and Chile and already licensed in 60 countries, Emmy International winner writer Walcyr Carrasco (also responsible for the Emmy Winner ‘Hidden Truths’) will tell what his inspiration was to write the plot, and director Amora Mautner (who also directed the International Emmy Winner ‘Precious Pearl’) will share details on the directing process. 

As for the hit “A Life Worth Living”, 2020 Rose D’or Awards Nominee telenovela that was also sold to more than 60 countries among which Belgium and Poland, writer Rosane Svartman and director Luiz Henrique Rios will be discussed their process. The duo will explain how the plot was designed around a friendship between generations and in different social classes, relaying to the public a message to value life.   

The other success presented in the showcase will be the drama “Once We Were Six”, which revolves around the strength of a matriarch and her family, living short on limited resources, but surrounded by affection. Sharing the success attributes and factors that go into created a sucessful the family saga, writer Angela Chaves and director Carlos Araújo will comment on the challenges of producing the telenovela remake of a that was a hit across different decades, but remains current, and continues to engage new audiences.  

‘NATPE V-Fronts™ presents Telenovelas by Globo: Big Hits Anatomy’ will take place on September 14, at 3 PM (Eastern Europe) / 9 AM (EST US). Registration for watching the event is already open through the link: https://www.natpe.com/virtual/telenovelas-by-globo/ 

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GLOBO PRESENTA SHOWCASE EXCLUSIVO SOBRE TELENOVELAS DE ÉXITO EN NATPE V-FRONTS™

‘TELENOVELAS BY GLOBO: BIG HITS ANATOMY’ cuenta con la participación de creadores de big hits para compartir la fórmula de éxito de sus historias  

27 August 2021 – Este año, la telenovela brasileña cumple 70 años, y 45 de ellos con la fuerte presencia de Globo en la venta de producciones exitosas para el mercado internacional. Y para reforzar la relevancia y competitividad del género, y el éxito de las telenovelas de GLOBO por el mundo, la productora más grande de América Latina compartirá los motivos que hacen de las telenovelas brasileñas verdaderos casos de éxito y business drivers en un evento digital en colaboración con NATPE exclusivamente para compradores y distribuidores de todo el mundo. 

“NATPE V-Fronts™ presents Telenovelas by Globo: Big Hits Anatomy’ revela casos de las producciones recientes “Dulce Ambición”, trama sobre superación y optimismo, y “Suerte de Vivir”, que trae un mensaje positivo y muestra que la vida debe ser valorizada cada momento – dos historias que vienen conquistando nuevos aficionados por donde pasa –, además del drama familiar “Éramos Seis”, remake de un clásico de la literatura brasileña que ha tenido éxito a lo largo de décadas y el más reciente lanzamiento de la empresa en el mercado.  

La presentación del showcase estará a cargo del periodista británico Ali May, escritor y productor que ha sido anfitrión de importantes ejecutivos de la industria y megaestrellas de Hollywood en eventos europeos, como Berlinale, MIPCOM y Content London. El evento contará con la participación de renombrados autores y directores de las tres superproducciones para compartir los ingredientes que atraen a la audiencia y más detalles de las obras.  

Para hablar del caso “Dulce Ambición” en el aire actualmente en países como Argentina, Uruguay y Chile y ya con licencia para 60 países, el autor Walcyr Carrasco (responsable por el éxito ganador del Emmy Internacional ‘Verdades Secretas’) contará cómo fue la inspiración para escribir la trama y la directora Amora Mautner (también directora de la telenovela ganadora del Emmy Internacional ‘Preciosa Perla’), compartirá detalles del proceso de dirección. 

Sobre el hit “Suerte de Vivir”, telenovela nominada al Rose D’or Awards 2020 que también ya fue vendida a más de 60 países, entre ellos Bélgica y Polonia, entrarán en la discusión la autora Rosane Svartman y el director Luiz Henrique Rios. Ellos explicarán cómo la trama fue diseñada alrededor de una relación de amistad entre generaciones y en diferentes clases sociales, pasándole al público l mensaje de valorización de la vida.   

El otro éxito presentado en el showcase será el drama “Éramos Seis”, que gira alrededor de la fuerza de una matriarca y de su familia, que vive con pocos recursos, pero llena de afecto. Para compartir los atributos y factores de éxito de la saga familiar, la autora Angela Chaves y el director Carlos Araújo comentarán sobre los desafíos de producir un remake que fue un gran éxito en diferentes años y que se mantiene actual atrayendo a nuevas audiencias.  

‘NATPE V-Fronts™ presents Telenovelas by Globo: Big Hits Anatomy’ se realiza el día 14 de septiembre a las 15h (Este Europeo) / 9 AM (EEUU), y las inscripciones para ver el evento ya están abiertas ingresando al link: https://www.natpe.com/virtual/telenovelas-by-globo/

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HBO MAX, ROKU, SINCLAIR BROADCASTING GROUP, TUBI, UNIVISION, VIACOMCBS STREAMING AMONG COMPANIES ALREADY CONFIRMED TO SPEAK AT 3rd ANNUAL NATPE STREAMING PLUS

POPULAR SINGLE DAY CONFERENCE COVERING EVERYTHING STREAMING RETURNS IN-PERSON TO THE W HOLLYWOOD IN LOS ANGELES – SEPTEMBER 14, 2021

Los Angeles, July 29, 2021 – The premiere global business association for content producers, distributors, streamers, and buyers across all platforms, National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) today announced the schedule of sessions and first wave of companies confirmed to speak at the 3rd Annual NATPE Streaming Plus. After moving to virtual in the wake of the pandemic last year, NATPE Streaming Plus will return as a hybrid event, both in-person and virtually, live from the W Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles California on September 14, 2021.

The single day event will operate this year under the theme of “Choosing a Streaming Lane”, reflecting on how the industry’s leading streaming platforms are redefining their position based on business or revenue models such as FAST, AVOD, and SVOD, or some combination of these. The programmed keynotes and panel sessions will define the details of what is happening today and tomorrow in streaming media, paving the way for producers, programming execs, promoters, researchers, and media buyers to conduct business together.

NATPE Streaming Plus attracts the top decision-makers from the most popular global streaming destinations and producers. Already confirmed to take the stage to speak at the event include HBO Max, MAG Consulting, Sator, Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Tubi, Univision, and ViacomCBS Streaming with more to be announced prior to the event.

NATPE’s President and CEO JP Bommel, remarked, “Over the five decades that NATPE has stood as a constant in television, we have seen countless innovations that have shifted the way we do business. We are proud to be a home for content. As we move towards third year of Streaming Plus, we are honored to be the go-to event for the evolving streaming industry.”

For more information and tickets please visit the REGISTRATION PAGE for more information.  

About NATPE

NATPE is a global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events; all specially curated for the content industry. Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE’s rich history, spanning over five decades, cements its roots as the largest U.S.-based global content association. NATPE is committed to representing the needs of our evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to shape the future of the business of content. It organizes three trade shows: NATPE Miami, the #1 global content show in the Americas; LA Screenings Independents, with focus in Latin America and US Hispanic; and NATPE Budapest, the ultimate destination for companies targeting CEE and CIS.

For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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The Lippin Group
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NATPE ContentCast Reveals Complete Event Schedule and Host – Amy Hill (“Magnum P.I.”, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”) – July 14th

Acast, Audible, CAA, Exile Content Studio, GroupM, iHeartMedia, JAR Audio, Nielsen, NPR, Propagate, QCODE, Riverside.fm, Rooster Teeth, SiriusXM, Triton Digital, Veritone, ViacomCBS, Warner Bros. Animation, Wolf Entertainment and more to take the Virtual Stage

Los Angeles, July 8, 2021 – The premier global business association for content producers, distributors, streamers, and buyers across all platforms, National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) today announced that prolific actress Amy Hill (“Magnum P.I.”, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”, “Mom”) will host NATPE ContentCast event on July 14th. The complete schedule for the free, 4-hour conference is now available at NATPE.com/ContentCast/Agenda

Bookending the conference will be an opening keynote featuring Propagate Chairman Ben Silverman, SiriusXM Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein, and Brian Baumgartner (“The Office”, “The Office Deep Dive”); and a closing keynote conversation between actor Kevin Pollak (“Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show”, “Alchemy This”) and iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group CEO, Conal Byrne. Codie Elaine Oliver, co-creator and director of “Black Love”, is also set to appear. The rest of the jam-packed educational schedule is slated to cover everything from audience engagement, platform monetization, leveraging IP both to and from television and audio, and marketing cross-platform. The event is produced by E.B. Moss of Moss Appeal in partnership with NATPE.

NATPE Virtual: ContentCast is free to register and will take place July 14, 2021. To register, go to NATPE.com/ContentCast/Attend

In the first event from the organization dedicated to the intersection between audio and television in the content industry, NATPE will lead discussions on taking IP from podcast to screen, and as a powerful tool for film and television brands to service their audience. Additional companies represented on stage during the events include Acast, Audible, GroupM, Edison Research, iHeartMedia, Imperative Entertainment, Lantigua Williams & Co., LOL! Network, NPR, QCODE, RoosterTeeth, SiriusXM, Snap Judgement, Tegna, Tenderfoot TV, Triton Digital, Veritone, ViacomCBS, Warner Bros. Animation, Wolf Entertainment, and Wonder Media Network.

NATPE ContentCast is the next of a string of events being produced under the NATPE VIRTUAL banner, followed by the 3rd annual NATPE Streaming Plus taking place in-person at the W Hollywood on September 14th, 2021, and NATPE Miami from January 18-20th, 2022 returning to the Fontainebleau in Miami, Florida.

For more information and tickets visit www.NATPE.com for more information on this prestigious event. 

About NATPE

NATPE is the largest U.S-based global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events, including NATPE Miami Marketplace + Conference, L.A. Screenings Independents, NATPE Budapest International and NATPE Streaming Plus.  Having launched NATPE Virtual, the global, year-round platform, the organization is fulfilling its mission to be one-stop shop for content.  NATPE V-Fronts™ is a stand-alone, custom-curated opportunity for all distributors and producers globally to provide screenings and showcases anywhere and at any time.  Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE, with a history of over five decades, is committed to representing the needs of its evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to be the indispensable resource in the evolution of content as the conduit to connectivity, business insights and opportunity.

For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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Press Contacts:
Kevin Broderick
The Lippin Group (LA)
natpe@lippingroup.com
323.965.1990

Kevin Pollak (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) and Conal Byrne, iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group CEO, Announced as Closing Keynote for NATPE ContentCast

Leading Voices from Audible, GroupM, Acast, Exile Content Studios, Nielsen, Riverside.FM, RoosterTeeth, SiriusXM, Triton Digital, Veritone, ViacomCBS, Wolf Entertainment and more take the Virtual Stage on July 14th

Los Angeles, June 28, 2021 – The premier global business association for content producers, distributors, streamers, and buyers across all platforms, National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) today announced the closing keynote for the inaugural NATPE Virtual: ContentCast – The Business of Podcasting Content. Storied actor turned podcaster Kevin Pollak (“The Usual Suspects”, “A Few Good Men”, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) will take the stage with iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group CEO Conal Byrne. The one-on-one conversation will cover Pollak’s experience performing on different screens and as an early podcast adopter (“Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show” and “Alchemy This”), and Byrne’s role in developing and monetizing content for different platforms.

NATPE Virtual: ContentCast is free to register and will take place July 14, 2021. To register, go to NATPE.com/ContentCast/Attend

In the first event from the organization dedicated to the intersection between audio and television in the content industry, NATPE will lead discussions on taking IP from podcast to screen, and as a powerful tool for film and television brands to service their audience. Additional companies represented on stage during the events include Acast, Audible, GroupM, iHeartMedia, Imperative Entertainment, Lantigua Williams & Co., QCODE, RoosterTeeth, SiriusXM, Veritone, ViacomCBS, Wolf Entertainment, Triton Digital, and more.

NATPE ContentCast is the next of a string of events being produced under the NATPE VIRTUAL banner, followed by NATPE StreamingPlus, and NATPE Miami 2022.

For more information and tickets visit www.NATPE.com for more information on this prestigious event. 

About NATPE

NATPE is the largest U.S-based global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events, including NATPE Miami Marketplace + Conference, L.A. Screenings Independents, NATPE Budapest International and NATPE Streaming Plus.  Having launched NATPE Virtual, the global, year-round platform, the organization is fulfilling its mission to be one-stop shop for content.  NATPE V-Fronts™ is a stand-alone, custom-curated opportunity for all distributors and producers globally to provide screenings and showcases anywhere and at any time.  Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE, with a history of over five decades, is committed to representing the needs of its evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to be the indispensable resource in the evolution of content as the conduit to connectivity, business insights and opportunity.

For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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Press Contacts:
Kevin Broderick
The Lippin Group (LA)
natpe@lippingroup.com
323.965.1990

Propagate Chairman Ben Silverman, and SiriusXM Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein, Joined by Brian Baumgartner (The Office), to Open NATPE ContentCast Discussion on the Evolution of Podcasting as an Industry Force

Leading Executives from Audible, GroupM, iHeartMedia, RoosterTeeth, ViacomCBS, Wolf Entertainment, Triton Digital, and more take the Virtual Stage on July 14th

Los Angeles, June 9, 2021 – The premier global business association for content producers, distributors, streamers, and buyers across all platforms, National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) today revealed some of the industry executives that will speak at NATPE Virtual: ContentCast – The Business of Podcasting Content. In its first event from the organization dedicated to audio and its place in the content industry, NATPE will lead a discussion on the intersection between audio and television, both in taking IP from podcast to screen, and as a powerful tool for television brands to service their audience.

To register, go to NATPE.com/ContentCast/Attend

Opening the virtual conference will be the “State of the IP Union” featuring Propagate Chairman & Co-CEO Ben Silverman and SiriusXM President and Chief Content Officer, Scott Greenstein, joined by Brian Baumgartner, star of “The Office” and host of the “Office Deep Dive” podcast. Andrew Wallenstein, President and Chief Media Analyst of Variety Intelligence Platform will be sitting down to discuss their perspectives on audio as a growing piece of the content industry. Propagate has a first look deal with SiriusXM for oral history podcasts based on iconic entertainment properties. Additional executives from companies with insights into the audio industry will be featured at the event, including Audible, Black Love Inc., Edison Research, GroupM, iHeartMedia, Imperative, RoosterTeeth, Triton Digital, ViacomCBS, Wolf Entertainment, and Wonder Media Network. More names and companies will be revealed as the show approaches. Moderators for the sessions include top minds covering the audio industry including Nick Quah (HotPod) and James Cridland (Podnews).

NATPE’s President and CEO JP Bommel, comments, “The NATPE’s mission as the indispensable resource of content is to provide, inform and connect on new opportunities for our constituency. It is without question that podcasting has grown into a powerful force, attracting new audiences, support from brands, and investments from major media and tech companies.

This event is about the monetization these opportunities presented by the business of podcasting content.”

NATPE ContentCast is the next of a string of events being produced under the NATPE VIRTUAL banner, followed by NATPE Budapest International, NATPE StreamingPlus, and NATPE Miami 2022.

For more information and tickets visit www.NATPE.com for more information on this prestigious event.

About NATPE

NATPE is the largest U.S-based global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events, including NATPE Miami Marketplace + Conference, L.A. Screenings Independents, NATPE Budapest International and NATPE Streaming Plus.  Having launched NATPE Virtual, the global, year-round platform, the organization is fulfilling its mission to be one-stop shop for content.  NATPE V-Fronts™ is a stand-alone, custom-curated opportunity for all distributors and producers globally to provide screenings and showcases anywhere and at any time.  Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE, with a history of over five decades, is committed to representing the needs of its evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to be the indispensable resource in the evolution of content as the conduit to connectivity, business insights and opportunity.

For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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Press Contacts:
Kevin Broderick
The Lippin Group (LA)
natpe@lippingroup.com
323.965.1990

LA Virtual Screenings 2021 Hits Records for Attendance and Engagement

After four weeks, LA Virtual Screenings 2021 confirmed new records in attendance for the event series: 4,300 participants (1,558 buyers) from 128 countries generating over 10,000 views

A brand-new VS event, labeled Virtual Screenings Worldwide (VSWW), has been confirmed for September 21-30, 2021.

Los Angeles, CA – June 8, 2021 – Prensario International and NATPE revealed today that the of LA Virtual Screenings 2021 edition of the event series hit records in attendance for all aspects of the show. After the official dates for the show (May 11-20), organizers added two more weeks extending the event until June 4. LAVS 2021 gathered 4,300 visitors (1560 buyers) from +125 countries, and recorded over 10,000 video views.

Nicolas Smirnoff, managing director, Prensario International, underlined: “The market days of LAVS were so successful that we decided to extend the date, giving the opportunity to other executives to register and enter the platform to watch the programming offered by 65 exhibitors.”

Commented JP Bommel, President and CEO, NATPE, “The engagement and activity on the Prensario site during the LA Virtual Screenings is a living proof that, as content distribution evolves, demand for content is at an all-time high. NATPE will continue to be the conduit for connectivity and opportunities in the commerce of content.”

The decision to extend the show had a positive impact on the final numbers of the event, which can be summarized in the chart below:

“The platform has been so vital that after the market concluded on May 20, a large number of users and interactions continued to join the platform over the following two weeks. All in all, over 10,000 were recorded, which is a milestone for Virtual Screenings,” concluded Smirnoff.

Prensario International has also confirmed that the second edition of the event series for 2021 will take place on September 21-30 under a new title: Virtual Screenings Worldwide (LAWW). The booking of virtual booths has begun and will be continue in the next weeks.

About Prensario International

With almost 50 years in business, Prensario International is a leading trade publication for the global content market. Traditionally focused on the music industry, it quickly transformed into an entertainment media powerhouse covering the different business segments: first, the booming Pay TV in the ’80, then the programming and content business at the beginning of the ’90 with the big expansion of Latin telenovela all across the world, and now as a referent of the digital and 360-degree businesses in all genres and territories.

About NATPE

NATPE is a global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events; all specially curated for the content industry. Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE’s rich history, spanning nearly six decades, cements its roots as the largest U.S.-based global content association. NATPE is committed to representing the needs of our evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to shape the future of the business of content. It organizes three trade shows: NATPE Miami, the #1 global content show in the Americas; NATPE Streaming Plus, NATPE Virtual sessions including the Business of Black TV, News and Sports, LA Screenings Independents, with focus in Latin America and US Hispanic; and NATPE Budapest, the ultimate destination for companies targeting CEE and CIS. 

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Media Contacts:
Kevin Broderick
The Lippin Group (LA)
kevin@lippingroup.com

LA Virtual Screenings 2021: Marketplace, Education and Networking Platform Remains Open Until June 4

Los Angeles, CA – May 24, 2021 – After 10 successful days, LA Virtual Screenings (LAVS) has completed the official market days on Friday, May 21, however the platform will stay open for two more weeks, closing on June 4th. The platform includes the marketplace, educational conference sessions on-demand, and other networking tools.

LAVS was very well attended, as with the previous VS events, (4000 people, 8400 screenings), but the difference from previous VS events was a more intense usage of the platform: the buyers entered more times and viewed more screenings; many of those viewings being binge-watching. This reaction underlines how the VS format, which makes a focus on content and has no commitments for buyers, is strongly preferred by buyers.

The behavior graphics further shows the favorability of the platform by the buyers: more than 50% of them visited 50% or more of the booths, with many visiting 75% or more. On average, buyers visited 12 booths (60 pieces of content).

It is also interesting to analyze how the buyers spent time not only at the VS Market, but also in the other sections of the event. VS Billboard was one section seeing the largest amount of growth. Buyers often opened four to five of the 10 recommended pieces of content per visit. With the VS Figures rankings and the content lines at VS Market, 3,000 screenings were generated outside the booths, while 4,000 inside. In previous VS events these synergies were much weaker.

The Top 15 countries of attending buyers illustrates that LAVS is a fully global event. It generated amazing interest not only in America, but also in the major territories of Europe and Asia. Germany, France and Japan surpassed their previous buyer delegations.

VS Next, the educational conference portion of the events, was again a great success and provided insight into market trends beyond the content screenings. The conference covered a variety of topics including big OTTs, the streaming business, and eSports as one of the new topics.

During the first week, there was a very strong desire for Latin American content suppliers, following the tradition of LA Screenings. On the second week, European distributors (Germany, France, Spain and Turkey) placed behind the leaders (big US brands and big Latins). Platinum exhibitors are always on top, because they get more screenings per buyer visit.

In regards to the content demand, the last day ViacomCBS International Studios’ Parot took the lead, in a close race with Once we were six from Globo (Brazil). And after them, there were many contents from Gold and Bronze’ booths. The binge-watching buyers first visited the big brands, then second tier options and third, entered as many booths as they can.

Regarding genres, drama was clearly the leader, but with the pandemic it was notice a bigger demand for thrillers/suspense, as well as documentaries/factual and kids programming, which are easier to produce with safe protocols. Docs are the new trend in OTTs.

To conclude, LAVS 2021 has proven that virtual events can be a good experience, if companies make focus on what works in digital: screenings, panels, and ‘inbound’ marketing: the interaction with buyers surges from their preferences and requests, not before.

About Prensario International

With almost 50 years in business, Prensario International is a leading trade publication for the global content market. Traditionally focused on the music industry, it quickly transformed into an entertainment media powerhouse covering the different business segments: first, the booming Pay TV in the ’80, then the programming and content business at the beginning of the ’90 with the big expansion of Latin telenovela all across the world, and now as a referent of the digital and 360-degree businesses in all genres and territories.

About NATPE

NATPE is a global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events; all specially curated for the content industry. Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE’s rich history, spanning nearly six decades, cements its roots as the largest U.S.-based global content association. NATPE is committed to representing the needs of our evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to shape the future of the business of content. It organizes three trade shows: NATPE Miami, the #1 global content show in the Americas; NATPE Streaming Plus, NATPE Virtual sessions including the Business of Black TV, News and Sports, LA Screenings Independents, with focus in Latin America and US Hispanic; and NATPE Budapest, the ultimate destination for companies targeting CEE and CIS. 

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Media Contacts:
Kevin Broderick
The Lippin Group (LA)
kevin@lippingroup.com

LA Virtual Screenings 2021: Formats, Distribution & Edutainment

 The last round of conference sessions, co-produced with LAVS partners, highlight major topics such as entertainment formats, content distribution and edutainment

Significant regions such as Latin America and Asia Pacific are also represented

Los Angeles, CA – May 4, 2021- VS Next, the conference portion of LA Virtual Screenings (May 11-20), has completed its lineup with 18 curated panel & sessions. Two sessions per day will be presented from May 11 to May 19 featuring some of the most important global decision makers discussing the hottest worldwide trends. The conference is sponsored exclusively by Roku and produced by Juan Pablo Morales, from Nuevos Medios Entertainment. The last set of panels, announced today by Prensario International and NATPE,  will offer key speakers from APAC, Latin America and around the world a platform to talk about entertainment formats, distribution, animation & kids programming, as well as the top global trends. With one week left before the show, LAVS has surpassed the 1000-participants barrier with 850+ buyers from 70+ countries already registered. 

New Sessions Confirmed:

  • “APAC: Ahead in the Global Content Business” – May 14: Asia Pacific has become one of the most dynamic regions in the global audiovisual business. Key executives from Japan, Korea and The Philippines talk about the moment the market is in right now and explain how Asian talent are more and more involved in key international projects. Speakers Hirosuke Usui, Senior Expert, Media Business Dept., Media Strategy & Planning Office, Tokyo Broadcasting System Television Inc. (Japan), Cirilo Ruel Bayani, Head of International Production of ABS-CBN Corporation (The Philippines) and Jin Woo Hwang, President / Executive Producer, Something Special (Korea) will share insights. The session will be moderated by Fabricio Ferrara, International Business Director, Prensario International.
  • Latin America: Relevance & Recognition of a Drama Gem” – May 17: Drama distribution has evolved into a more challenging business worldwide, with newcomers bringing top productions to market. Latin America remains a key provider and is showing its evolution. The Covid-19 impact and beyond, co-productions and business diversification are the hot topics described and discussed by María Lucia Hernández, head of sales, RCN (Colombia), Mario Castro, sales director Asia and Africa, Televisa International (Mexico), Angela Colla, head of sales, Globo (Brazil). The moderator is Nicolás Smirnoff, Managing Director, Prensario International
  • “Content for Children, Present and Future – May 18: A dialogue on the structural change in the distribution and diffusion of children’s content. This sesión will investigate the new waters where the players of the segment navigate in Latin America, Europe and the rest of the world. The panel, coproduced with Paul Vaca, Executive Director at Ci Edutainment, features Yago Fandiño, Head of Children’s Content at Clan, RTVE (Spain), Genaro Diaz, Coordinator of Planning, Image and Advertising, Televisa (Mexico), and Cielo Salviolo, Director, PakaPaka (Argentina)
  • “The Future of TV – Global Content Distribution Trends” – May 19: Using the latest data, Jack Davison, EVP, 3Vision takes a fast-paced look at the significant developments to the distribution ecosystem and TV industry trends including, Studio D2C, Broadcaster Digital Evolution and SVOD growth.
  • “Globo Presents: “Once We Were Six” – Exclusive Launch Showcase” – May 11. The second showcase at LAVS will featureGlobo (Brazil) who is launching its brand new telenovela, Once We Were Six, adapted from a hit novel in Brazilian that has been conquering audiences for decades and will be presented for the first time to the international market. One We Were Six is family drama about resilience – a story of a matriarch who struggles to maintain unity and harmony in her family despite life obstacles. The presentation is in charge Marina Melo, Sales Manager, Globo, and Angela Chavez, Author.

About Prensario International

With almost 50 years in business, Prensario International is a leading trade publication for the global content market. Traditionally focused on the music industry, it quickly transformed into an entertainment media powerhouse covering the different business segments: first, the booming Pay TV in the ’80, then the programming and content business at the beginning of the ’90 with the big expansion of Latin telenovela all across the world, and now as a referent of the digital and 360-degree businesses in all genres and territories.

About NATPE

NATPE is a global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events; all specially curated for the content industry. Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE’s rich history, spanning nearly six decades, cements its roots as the largest U.S.-based global content association. NATPE is committed to representing the needs of our evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to shape the future of the business of content. It organizes three trade shows: NATPE Miami, the #1 global content show in the Americas; NATPE Streaming Plus, NATPE Virtual sessions including the Business of Black TV, News and Sports, LA Screenings Independents, with focus in Latin America and US Hispanic; and NATPE Budapest, the ultimate destination for companies targeting CEE and CIS. 

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Media Contacts:
Kevin Broderick
The Lippin Group (LA)
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NATPE Board Adds HBO MAX Head of Original Content Sarah Aubrey; Nielsen Chief Growth Officer and President, International Sean Cohen; ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group President Dan Cohen; and Avalon CEO Laura Kennedy

Pioneering Organization Adds Top Executives to Continue its Evolution and Position as The World’s Leading Content Association 

LOS ANGELES – May 4, 2021 – The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) today announced the election of Sarah Aubrey, Head of Original Content, HBO Max; Dan Cohen, President, Global Distribution Group, ViacomCBSSean Cohan, Chief Growth Officer and President, International; Nielsen; and Laura Kennedy, CEO, Avalon to its Board, effective immediately.

The announcement was made today by Andy Kaplan, NATPE Chairman of the Board and JP Bommel, President and CEO of NATPE. The new appointees will serve a term of three years.

Representing streaming, global distribution, data, and analytics, international production, and talent management, these new Board members bring additional expertise and connections to NATPE that has 41 members from all areas of the content industry.

Remarked Kaplan, “The addition of these four executives to our strong, diverse and experienced board embraces our objective through the next three years to continue to reflect the industry’s content and distribution while actively increasing the diversity of our membership.”

Sarah Aubrey is Head of Original Content for HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer platform, where she oversees a distinctive slate of drama, comedy, unscripted, documentary and animation. Prior to HBO Max, Aubrey was Executive Vice President of Original Programming for TNT and played an integral role in the network’s evolution into a destination for prestige original dramas. Aubrey has also enjoyed a career as a television and film producer. Throughout her tenure, she has prioritized diversity, equity and inclusion in front of and behind the camera and across executive ranks.

Sean Cohan is responsible for overseeing Nielsen’s Global Strategy, Corporate Development, Growth Partnerships and all International, including Measurement, Outcomes, Sports, and Gracenote Content Services across 80+ countries. Prior to Nielsen, Sean spent decades in the media business, including a 15-year tenure at A+E Networks, most recently as the President, International and Digital. He is a Corporate Director at H&R Block (NYSE – HRB) and AccuWeather.  Sean is a Trustee/Board member at the Parrish Art Museum, the Banff World Media Festival and the Opportunity Network, which helps develop underrepresented high school students on their paths to and through college into their careers. He also is the Vice Chair on a content committee of UJA Federation of New York.

Dan Cohen is President of the ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group, where he leads the company’s global content licensing and distribution operations. He is responsible for monetizing a large and growing portfolio of original content that airs on the CBS Television Network, The CW, Paramount+ and SHOWTIME, as well as programming from the MTV Entertainment Group, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures, Paramount Television Studios, Paramount Players, Paramount Animation, CBS Studios, CBS News, CBS Media Ventures and Miramax. He also oversees the distribution of the industry’s largest library of film and television titles and runs worldwide home entertainment for the company.

Laura Kennedy is CEO of Avalon, the talent management, production and distribution group based in London, Los Angeles and New York.  Avalon represents a prolific roster of artists including comedians, actors, writers, and directors and produces numerous award-winning television shows. Current shows include Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO), Breeders (FX), Everything’s Gonna Be Okay Freeform), Taskmaster (Channel 4), Flatbush Misdemeanors (Showtime) and Starstruck (HBO Max).

More details on upcoming events, including the four-day NATPE INTERNATIONAL BUDAPEST, one of the largest marketplaces in central Europe taking place both virtually and at the Intercontinental Budapest, August 30 – September 2, 2021, can be found at www.natpe.com.

About NATPE

NATPE is the largest U.S-based global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events, including NATPE Miami Marketplace + Conference, L.A. Screenings Independents, NATPE Budapest International and NATPE Streaming Plus.  Having launched NATPE Virtual, the global, year-round platform, the organization is fulfilling its mission to be one-stop shop for content.  NATPE V-Fronts™ is a stand-alone, custom-curated opportunity for all distributors and producers globally to provide screenings and showcases anywhere and at any time.  Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE, with a history of over five decades, is committed to representing the needs of its evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to be the indispensable resource in the evolution of content as the conduit to connectivity, business insights and opportunity.

For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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LA Virtual Screenings 2021: Drama, eSports and Female Talent

A third round of panels have been announced for VS Next. Just 15 days ahead of the show, organizers have already announced 14 key panels & sessions produced along with the event partners and highlighting key themes such as drama, eSports and female talent in the industry. 

Los Angeles, CA – April 27, 2021- LA Virtual Screenings (May 11-20) is getting closer with 900 buyers from 80 countries confirmed to attend. 60 exhibiting companies have reserved their virtual booths to exhibit 300+ brand new hours of programming, and more than a dozen conference panels have been announced.

This week, organizers Prensario International and NATPE confirmed five new sessions for VS Next, which are being added to the program. The last four panels & sessions will be announced on May 4, bringing to the total number of sessions to 18 for the event. Registration is open now for global players at www.virtualscreenings.com

New Sessions Confirmed:

  • “European Drama Gains Global Momentum” – May 13: Drama has been a top genre in the Global market, but European has taken the lead outside the US. For this continent specifically, more newcomers are taking the scene, following Spain, Germany and Nordics, among others. In this panel, co-organized with Conecta FICTION some of Europe’s leading producers are gathered to discuss new emerging business models, co-production and the impact of the EU plan for the economic recovery on the industry. Maria Valenzuela, SVP International Strategy and Business Development, Buendía Estudios (Spain), Cristina Vaz Tome, Member of the Executive Committee, CRO, Grupo Impresa/SIC (Portugal), Robert Franke, VP Drama, ZDF Enterprises (Germany), Nicola de Angelis, ‎Head of development and international co-productions, Fabula Pictures/Federation Entertainment (Italy) and Nadia Rekhter-Gareva, Development Producer and Head of International Department, Star Media (Russia) are being moderated by Geraldine Gonard, Conecta FICTION’s founder and director.
  • “The Global Esports and Game-Related Live-Streaming Ecosystem” – May 13: From market and audience sizing to key developments, this Newzoo session is a deep-dive into the esports and game-related live-streaming market, offering a realistic estimate of the ecosystem’s current and future performance. Isadora dos Santos, Junior Market Analyst of the eSports-specialized consultancy company will describe the impact of major trends that have further accelerated the interest in esports, streaming, and gaming as a whole.
  • “US Hispanic: The Promised Land” – May 18: Hispanics spend 113 hours a week using their devices. Consider that they are responsible for more than half of the growth of the US population, it can be assured that they are responsible for 40% of video consumption in the country. Audiences will take a look at this amazing market through some of their key players: Jorge Balleste, VP of Content Partnerships and Acquisitions, Univision, Guillermo Sierra, Head of Television and Digital Services, HITN, and Doris Vogelmann, VP of Programming and Operations, Vme Media. The moderator will be Richard Middleton, editor, TBI.
  • “WAWA: Female Talent for Export” – May 19: Female talent behind some of the most successful international  IP. This topic will be covered through an interview produced by Worldwide Audiovisual Women Association (WAWA) with Camilla Hammerich, Executive Producer, Nordisk Film Production, and creator of Scandi blockbusters The Killing and Borgen.
  • “Globo Presents: “Once We Were Six” – Exclusive Launch Showcase” – May 11. The second showcase at LAVS will featureGlobo (Brazil) who is launching its brand new telenovela, Once We Were Six, adapted from a hit novel in Brazilian that has been conquering audiences for decades and will be presented for the first time to the international market. One We Were Six is family drama about resilience – a story of a matriarch who struggles to maintain unity and harmony in her family despite life obstacles. The presentation is in charge Marina Melo, Sales Manager, Globo, and Angela Chavez, Author.

About Prensario International

With almost 50 years in business, Prensario International is a leading trade publication for the global content market. Traditionally focused on the music industry, it quickly transformed into an entertainment media powerhouse covering the different business segments: first, the booming Pay TV in the ’80, then the programming and content business at the beginning of the ’90 with the big expansion of Latin telenovela all across the world, and now as a referent of the digital and 360-degree businesses in all genres and territories.

About NATPE

NATPE is a global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events; all specially curated for the content industry. Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE’s rich history, spanning nearly six decades, cements its roots as the largest U.S.-based global content association. NATPE is committed to representing the needs of our evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to shape the future of the business of content. It organizes three trade shows: NATPE Miami, the #1 global content show in the Americas; NATPE Streaming Plus, NATPE Virtual sessions including the Business of Black TV, News and Sports, LA Screenings Independents, with focus in Latin America and US Hispanic; and NATPE Budapest, the ultimate destination for companies targeting CEE and CIS. 

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Media Contacts:
Kevin Broderick
The Lippin Group (LA)
kevin@lippingroup.com

LA VIRTUAL SCREENINGS 2021: Digital & Content Production in Key Regions

 A new series of panels and sessions have been added to the VS Next agenda for LA Virtual Screenings (May 11-20). The main topics continues to be digital and content production with a focus in key regions, where those businesses are getting stronger: MENA and Latin America  

Los Angeles, CA – April 20, 2021- Prensario International and NATPE announced a new raft of conferences for the LA Virtual Screenings portion, VS Next, produced by Nuevos Medios Entertainment. The market continues to gain global attention with new participants/buyers and exhibitors recently added: 900 executives registered, from which close to 750 are buyers from +70 countries.

Along with the first five sessions revealed from last week, more sessions and round-tables have been confirmed, including key topics such as digital business and content production in strategic regions: Latin America and MENA. VS Next is exclusively sponsored by Roku.

More Sessions Added to the Program:

Additional programming will be announced in the run up to LAVS. Some highlights being revealed today include:

  • “How to Successfully Expand Revenue Streams for Content Assets” – May 14: Traditional borders between content platforms and geographies are falling apart. This erosion means entertainment leaders can now monetize content over a wide variety of options ranging from SVOD and AVOD platforms to consumer products, gaming, theatrical releases and traditional pay and linear TV models. Senior executives from Warner Media and Parrot Analytics will share their insights on how to develop content strategies that tap into wider sources of revenue streams. Attendees of this panel discussion will walk away with knowledge of shifting audience demand trends as well as actionable steps they can take to leverage content to drive revenue growth. Alejandro Rojas, director of Applied Analytics, Parrot Analytics will present and moderate the presentation with Alex Nempeque, Data & Insights Director, WarnerMedia Latin America
  • “Content, Formats and Rights Protection: the new landscape” – May 16: An exclusive panel produced by Prensario International and the Format Recognition and Protection Association (FRAPA), an entity with than two decades supporting the format protection in the global marketplace. The panel will give describe the state of the format marketplace as it stands right now in the shadow of the pandemic.  Hayley Babcock, FRAPA Advisory Board member, and owner of Hayley Babcock Media Consulting (HBMC), Carlotta Rossi Spencer, FRAPA Advisory Board member and Head of Acquisitions Banijay Group, and Maria Grechishnikova, CEO, Star Media LLC (Russia) will participate. The moderator will be Phil Gurin, FRAPA co-chairman and CEO of The Gurin Company.
  • “MENA Content Trends: Identifying Opportunities” – May 16: OTT investment in original production and acquisition increasing three-fold over the past year in MENA, four of the regional players discuss their upcoming projects and content strategies. Join this strategic panel co-produced with Heba Korayem, content marketing consultant, H.Consult, moderator, and featuring Walid Finan, CEO, TenTime (Iraq), Nadine Samra, Chief Business Officer, Weyyak (UAE), Abe Shady Aboul Naga, General Manager, Viu, and Kamel Weiss, Strategic Business Development Director, GNAM/Spacetoon TV.
  • “Adapting to Covid-19: Business Twists to Evolve” – May 17: Key Latin American broadcasters share their experience of producing entertainment shows during the lockdown by restructuring existing formats, generating new ideas for format adaptions, and launching new Covid-proof shows. This panel will have a wide array of examples about how to work together, providers & clients, and go through the crisis. The panel is formed by Guillermo Pendino, VP Brand Head South Cone, ViacomCBS Networks America/Telefe (Argentina), Susana Umbert, production manager, Latina (Peru), and Patricia Daujotas, Content Director, Canal 10 (Uruguay). The moderator will be Michelle Wasserman, SVP, Latin America, USH and Brazil, Banijay Rights.

Registration to LA Virtual Screenings is opened for free for global executives and can be done directly in the website: www.virtualscreenings.com.

About Prensario International

With almost 50 years in business, Prensario International is a leading trade publication for the global content market. Traditionally focused on the music industry, it quickly transformed into an entertainment media powerhouse covering the different business segments: first, the booming Pay TV in the ’80, then the programming and content business at the beginning of the ’90 with the big expansion of Latin telenovela all across the world, and now as a referent of the digital and 360-degree businesses in all genres and territories.

About NATPE

NATPE is a global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events; all specially curated for the content industry. Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE’s rich history, spanning over five decades, cements its roots as the largest U.S.-based global content association. NATPE is committed to representing the needs of our evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to shape the future of the business of content. It organizes three trade shows: NATPE Miami, the #1 global content show in the Americas; LA Screenings Independents, with focus in Latin America and US Hispanic; and NATPE Budapest, the ultimate destination for companies targeting CEE and CIS. 

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Media Contacts:
Kevin Broderick
The Lippin Group (LA)
kevin@lippingroup.com

LA VIRTUAL SCREENINGS 2021: Global Decision Makers & Top Trends at VS NEXT

 VS Next will offer close to 20 curated panels & sessions featuring global decision makers discussing the industry’s most pressing issues during LA Virtual Screenings (May 11-20). The conference section is exclusively sponsored by Roku.

Los Angeles, CA – April 13, 2021- With less than a month until kick-off, LA Virtual Screenings (LAVS) is attracting attention from the global market. Organized by Prensario International in association with NATPE, the event has already registered close to 700 executives from around the world. Of those, 500 attendees are buyers from more than +60 countries representing linear TV channels, digital platforms and content producers, but also investors, tech companies, agents and advertising agencies/brands. 

LAVS organizers have announced the production of almost 20 conference sessions for the VS Nextportion of the event, which will lead a conversation on the industry most pressing topics and feature a robust selection of the key global executives. Attendees can expect around two sessions each day during the 10-day event. The full conference section, VS Next, is exclusively sponsored by Roku.

There will be 40-minute roundtables, covering topics such as streaming, television, production and distribution and kids & teens. There will also be 20-minute panel sessions highlighting trends and data on formats, eSport and digital. VS Next is being produced by Nuevos Medios Entertainment (Colombia) and its executive producer, Juan Pablo Morales.

New Sessions Revealed

Additional programming will be announced in the run up to LAVS. Some highlights being revealed today include:

  • “The Future of Streaming: What’s next” – May 11: This stellar session will be co-produced with global research firm OMDIA, which will offer key data & insights and will discuss with leading global OTTs. Moderated by Maria Rua Aguete, senior research director, the panel will be joined by Mirjam Laux, VP International Platform, Roku, Marco Nobili, SVP of Marketing, Streaming Division, ViacomCBS Networks International, Archana Anand, Chief Business Officer, ZEE5 Global (India), and Jeff Cooke, VP of Programming, International Digital Networks, STARZ.
  • “Turkish Showcase Reloaded” – May 12: After the huge success at VS Autumn 2020, Turkish powerhouse producers will promote their new Spring releases in a showcase presented by Carolina Acosta-Alzuru, College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia. This unmissable session for Turkish drama buyers will offer pitches and trailers from Mikaela Pérez, manager, Kanal D International; Fredrik Af Malmborg, managing director, Eccho Rights; Emre Görentaş, Content Sales Deputy Manager, ATV; Özlem Özsümbül, Head of Sales, MADD Entertainment; Can Okan, CEO, Inter Medya; Aysegul Tuzun, managing director, MISTCO; and Jose Luis Gascue, EVP, Calinos Entertainment.
  • “K7’s Entertainment Predictions for 2021” – May 12:  British consultancy company K7 Media will bring to LAVS participants fresh trends on the entertainment formats market with Ella Turner, client manager, and Trang Nguyen, Asia Pacific researcher.
  • “Room for Everyone? The Independent OTTs in Key Territories” – May 15: This roundtable discussion will give voice to the leading local streamers that are battling with major streamers for the attention of their audiences. Fabricio Ferrara, international business director, Prensario International, will moderate a conversation with Fyodor Grechaninov, Strategy and Business Development Director, oll.tv/Media Group Ukraine (Ukraine), Vanessa Rosas, COO, BlimTV/Grupo Televisa (Mexico) and Mansi Shrivastav, SVP, Content Acquisitions, Alliances & Syndication, MX Player (India).
  • “The Studio Business: Beyond Latin America” – May 15: The second panel of the day will feature some of the most important producers in Latin America. Fernando Gaston, VP of Content, ViacomCBS International Studios (VIS), Patricia Jasin, VP of Azteca Estudios, and Catalina Porto, Executive Manager of Production, Caracol TV will talk on co-productions and international alliances, as well as the evolution of the regional content meeting the international demand. Nicolás Smirnoff, managing director, Prensario International, will moderate the panel.

More panels and sessions will be announced in the coming weeks. The executives interested in being part of LAVS 2021, market and conference, must register at www.virtualscreenings.com to get their free login and password.

Robust Progress at the Marketplace

Regarding the VS Market portion of LAVS, almost 50 distributors, producers and associations have confirmed a booth at the online marketplace. From them, three are umbrella associations include: TV France International, Brazilian Content and Worldwide Audiovisual Women Association (WAWA).

Also confirmed to attend are Banijay Rights and Entertainment One from UK, Ampersand (France), CDC United (Belgium), ORF Enterprises (Austria), ZDF Enterprises (Germany), Star Media (Russia), SIC (Portugal) and Spanish companies RTVE, Atresmedia, Filmax, Onza and Goldbee (Spain). From the Turkish drama sector, Kanal D, Eccho Rights, Calinos, MISTCO, ATV and MADD have confirmed, while from Latin America attendees can expect to see Globo (Brazil), Televisa and TV Azteca from Mexico, RCN, Caracol and Telecolombia from Colombia, and Tondero (Peru), Pol-ka, Laflia and Onceloops (Argentina).

From the US there is an important number of independent distributors confirmed to attend such as GRB Studios, Castalia Communications, Vision Films, Ledafilms, American Cinema International, Snap Media, WWE, RMVISTAR and Latin Hollywood Films. From Asia Pacific, Nippon TV and TBS (Japan) and GoQuest (India) are registered. Three dubbing houses have also registered to attend: Universal Cinergia and The Kitchen from USA and Caja de Ruidos (Argentina). Most of these attendees are returning to the event for their second or third time.

About Prensario International

With almost 50 years in business, Prensario International is a leading trade publication for the global content market. Traditionally focused on the music industry, it quickly transformed into an entertainment media powerhouse covering the different business segments: first, the booming Pay TV in the ’80, then the programming and content business at the beginning of the ’90 with the big expansion of Latin telenovela all across the world, and now as a referent of the digital and 360-degree businesses in all genres and territories.

About NATPE

NATPE is a global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events; all specially curated for the content industry. Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE’s rich history, spanning over five decades, cements its roots as the largest U.S.-based global content association. NATPE is committed to representing the needs of our evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to shape the future of the business of content. It organizes three trade shows: NATPE Miami, the #1 global content show in the Americas; LA Screenings Independents, with focus in Latin America and US Hispanic; and NATPE Budapest, the ultimate destination for companies targeting CEE and CIS. 

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Media Contacts:
Kevin Broderick
The Lippin Group (LA)
kevin@lippingroup.com

Dr. Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations to Deliver Opening Keynote at NATPE Virtual: News Television – April 20, 2021

AccuWeather, Axios, CNN, Newsmax, and Tubi Among Other Companies Joining the Conversation Hosted by Gio Benitez, ABC News Transportation Covering the Business of Televised News Both Locally and Nationally

Greg Kelly (Newsmax’s Greg Kelly Reports) and PBS News Hour to Receive the First-Ever NATPE News Awards

Los Angeles, April 6, 2021 – The premiere global business association for content producers, distributors, streamers, and buyers across all platforms, National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) today announced that Richard Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations, will deliver the opening keynote at NATPE Virtual: News Television. The new, free and fast-paced event will be hosted by Gio Benitez, ABC News Transportation Correspondent, and take place on April 20, 2021.

To register, go to https://www.natpe.com/news/attend/

Attendees can expect keynotes, firesides, and panel discussions covering news franchises, streaming, sponsorship sales, and different concentrations including sensationalized breaking news, politics, crime, health, financial, entertainment, sports, weather, special interests, and much more. Notable companies participating in a variety of ways include AccuWeather, Axios, CNN, Newsmax, PBS, and Tubi, with more to be announced in the coming weeks. 

Also planned for the event will be the inaugural NATPE News Awards honoring excellence in TV news reporting. Being recognized for excellence as an anchor is Greg Kelly (Greg Kelly Reports). With his unique combination of charisma and experience, while delivering news that real people care about, Greg has made a successful transition from local morning news to become a powerful primetime voice of America’s fastest growing cable news network. PBS Newshour is being honored for excellence as a news program. For over 45 years PBS Newshour has provided news, analysis, top headlines, and live coverage to a broadcast TV and digital audience.

NATPE’s President and CEO JP Bommel, comments, “News is at the core of the television experience, and we are thrilled to bring together such great minds as we dig into how the space is changing as the industry evolves.”

NATPE Virtual News Television is the next of a string of events being produced through NATPE VIRTUAL, which for example powered NATPE Miami and NATPE’s single day event on The Business of Live Sports last month.

For more information and tickets visit www.NATPE.com for more information on this prestigious event. 

About NATPE

NATPE is the largest U.S-based global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events, including NATPE Miami Marketplace + Conference, L.A. Screenings Independents, NATPE Budapest International and NATPE Streaming Plus.  Having launched NATPE Virtual, the global, year-round platform, the organization is fulfilling its mission to be one-stop shop for content.  NATPE V-Fronts™ is a stand-alone, custom-curated opportunity for all distributors and producers globally to provide screenings and showcases anywhere and at any time.  Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE, with a history of over five decades, is committed to representing the needs of its evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to be the indispensable resource in the evolution of content as the conduit to connectivity, business insights and opportunity.

For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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The Lippin Group
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LA VIRTUAL SCREENINGS 2021: What do global buyers want?

  • More than 100 international buyers reveal insights into the main content trends in the global marketplace
  • Series, dramas and digital rights lead the buyer demand, according to the “Global Buyers Survey”
  • Scripted takes again the lead compared to Unscripted, but Unscripted has grown considerably compared to VS Autumn 2020
  • With less than a month since its launch, 500+ participants have already registered for LAVS 2021

Los Angeles, CA – March 25, 2021- Prensario International, a pioneering media company with almost 50 years in the entertainment business, and the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) today revealed some of the main trends in the global content marketplace, based on the answers provided by 100+ key decision makers that participated in Prensario’s annual “Global Buyer Survey”.

Acquisitions, production and programming executives, including those from streamers, TV networks and producers, from all around the world, completed the poll and provided fresh, updated information on this season’s trends.

The majority of the answers came from North and South America (35%), followed by Europe (30%), APAC-MENA-Africa (20%), and worldwide platforms (15%). Buyers were able to select more than one answer on the four different questions proposed. 8 to 13-episode series was the top selected format, while drama remains to be the most requested genre worldwide.

The survey shed light over what type of rights, formats and genres buyers will be looking for LAVS, which takes place on May 11-20. The market is taking excellent shape with 500+ participants registered, from which +400 are buyers from 60+ countries.

When asked the “Type of Company” the buyers represented, SVOD was the top option with 55%, followed by Free TV with 47.5% and Pay TV with 37.5%. AVOD (32.5%), TVOD (30%) and Producers (25%) rounded out the responses, while 10% of the answers have come from Telcos/ISP/Mobile. There was also a new category this year, tech companies (apps), which added 5%.

In terms of the destination for the acquired content, “Digital Rights”, which covers business models such as SVOD, AVOD, TVOD and Telcos/ISPs/Mobile/Tech, have overtaken linear, free and pay, television. Moreover, following the individual answers it can be asserted that there is a large synergy between platforms. The majority of the linear TV buyers are also acquiring rights for their digital platforms on web, apps and other type of ad-supported services.

When asking buyers about “Type of Content”, 13-episodes series is by far the #1 format with 72.5% of the answers, followed by Movies with 55%, Formats with 45% and Miniseries with 37.5%. As for Linear TV, the classic telenovela of 60+ episodes continues to be relevant with 30% of the answers. Short format only received 17.5% of the answers.

Three clear changes have been noticed in this question, compared to VS Autumn 2020:

  • Series remain the top format of the industry;
  • Movies have grown from third to second position in demand;
  • Formats have skyrocketed: they did appear in the ranking last year, and this year have come in as the third largest option, topping miniseries.  

By “Genres”, Drama was top answer in VS Autumn 2020, followed by Thriller and Suspense/Action. This Spring, the difference from the first to the second and third option is minimum. Drama received 70% of the answers, while Thriller and Suspense/Action 65% each, followed by Comedy (50%).

All in all, Scripted programming is the most in demand genre but, again in this question, Unscripted confirms it has strong momentum coming in with 39% of the responses. Other big demands are Documentaries/Factual (35%) Kids& Teens (22.5%), Paranormal (15%) and Education (10%). But before all them, another thematic stands strong: Family content with 37.5%

With less than a month from its official launch, LA Virtual Screenings is already taking the attention of the global market. More than 500 executives from 60+ countries have already registered, and from them, 430 are buyers, including TV Channels, OTTs and Producers, but also investors, tech companies, agencies and advertising/brands.  

Free registration is open and content professionals from around the world are welcome to participate and live the VS Experience, by registering at the website www.virtualscreenings.com for free.

About Prensario International

With almost 50 years in business, Prensario International is a leading trade publication for the global content market. Traditionally focused on the music industry, it quickly transformed into an entertainment media powerhouse covering the different business segments: first, the booming Pay TV in the ’80, then the programming and content business at the beginning of the ’90 with the big expansion of Latin telenovela all across the world, and now as a referent of the digital and 360-degree businesses in all genres and territories.

About NATPE

NATPE is a global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events; all specially curated for the content industry. Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE’s rich history, spanning over five decades, cements its roots as the largest U.S.-based global content association. NATPE is committed to representing the needs of our evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to shape the future of the business of content. It organizes three trade shows: NATPE Miami, the #1 global content show in the Americas; LA Screenings Independents, with focus in Latin America and US Hispanic; and NATPE Budapest, the ultimate destination for companies targeting CEE and CIS. 

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Media Contacts:
Kevin Broderick
The Lippin Group (LA)
kevin@lippingroup.com

NATPE International Returns In-Person to Budapest – August 30 – September 2, 2021

Marketplace and Conference to Create Hybrid Event Curating On-Site Business Meetings Combined with Online Screenings and Virtual Presentations

LOS ANGELES, March 16, 2021 – The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), the premiere global business association for content producers, distributors, streamers and buyers across all platforms today announced that NATPE International Budapest will be returning to the InterContinental Hotel for a physical event between August 30 to September 2, 2021. The activities on-site, which will emphasize the exhibition floor and meetings spaces, will be combined with additional virtual components, such as virtual screenings, presentations, and other networking tools, for those not in attendance in person, and available to those on-site.

“I am so pleased to announce our return to Budapest early fall. On-site we will be there in a limited in-person and safe capacity, but through our virtual screenings and presentations, we will be able to connect everyone who attends. This is a direct result of listening to our clients and partners who are eager to engage in this new reality of hybrid events to accelerate global distribution of their new series and shows. We plan on NATPE Budapest being the ultimate content industry event in early Fall this year,” said JP Bommel, President and CEO, NATPE.

NATPE is committed to strict guidelines outlined in “NATPESafe” to produce a responsible event in Budapest and is in close coordination with the local authorities there to ensure that all attendees have a productive and comfortable experience as lockdown restrictions across Europe evolve. Whether attending in-person or virtually, NATPE International Budapest will continue NATPE’s mission to be the one-stop-shop for the global content marketplace. NATPE VIRTUAL’s platform utilizes the most comprehensive ecosystem of customized tools to empower creators and distributors of all backgrounds and experience.

NATPE Budapest International has grown exponentially in the last few years to become a must-attend event for the global content community from Europe, the Middle East, Asia and The Americas. The virtual shift will provide an opportunity for these territories to participate and screen their shows.

For more information and registration details, please visit: www.natpe.com.

About NATPE

NATPE is the largest U.S-based global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events, including NATPE Miami Marketplace + Conference, L.A. Screenings Independents, NATPE Budapest International and NATPE Streaming Plus.  Having launched NATPE Virtual, the global, year-round platform, the organization is fulfilling its mission to be one-stop shop for content.  NATPE V-Fronts™ is a stand-alone, custom-curated opportunity for all distributors and producers globally to provide screenings and showcases anywhere and at any time.  Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE, with a history of over five decades, is committed to representing the needs of its evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to be the indispensable resource in the evolution of content as the conduit to connectivity, business insights and opportunity.

For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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Media Contacts:
Kevin Broderick
The Lippin Group (LA)
kevin@lippingroup.com

CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus Tapped to Deliver Opening Keynote at NATPE Virtual: The Business of Live Sports – March 23, 2021

New Event to Tackle the Landscape Live Sports Production, the Rise of Sports Gambling, eSports, the Importance of Sports to Local Broadcasters and More

The premiere global business association for content producers, distributors, streamers, and buyers across all platforms, National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) today announced that Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports, will deliver the opening keynote at NATPE Virtual: The Business of Live Sports. The new event will be free, fast-paced, and take place over a lightning quick three hours on March 23rd.

To register, go to https://www.natpe.com/sports/attend/

Topics slated to be covered include the promotion of live sports, the distribution of live sports to streaming fans, the changing playing field of sport sponsorship, the power of pay per view, as well as the rise of sports gambling, international fandom, local broadcasters, and sports, and more.

Additional executives taking the stage, with more to be announced at the virtual event include:

  • Wyatt Hicks, the Managing Director of Digital Media at NASCAR and Miheer Walavalkar, the CEO of LiveLike discussing ways of engaging fans around live sports in 2021.
  • Jennifer Storms, Chief Marketing Officer, Entertainment and Sports at NBCUniversal speaking on her promoting live sports viewership.
  • Ray Warren, President, Telemundo Deportes, who will join a panel of other programmers and streaming service providers, who discuss the benefits of distributing live sports to streaming fans everywhere.
  • Julian Mintz, Head of West & Central Brand Sales at Roku, and John Stainer, Managing Director, North America, Nielsen Sports in separate conversations will discuss trends in where the money is flowing in live sports.
  • Gavin Bridge, Senior Media Analyst at Variety presenting a case study about Variety Sports’ New TV Formula.

NATPE’s President and CEO JP Bommel, comments, “The importance of Live Sports as a key element to Broadcast and advertising revenues worldwide makes this new NATPE Virtual event focused on the Business of Live Sports extremely timely and relevant. It is spot on our mission to deliver business intelligence, connectivity and opportunity through a series of high-level of keynote speakers and topics.”

The Business of Live Sports is the next of a string of events being produced through NATPE VIRTUAL, which powered NATPE Miami. The next event in the calendar is NATPE News, which will take place on April 20th.

For more information and tickets visit www.NATPE.com for more information on this prestigious event. 

About NATPE

NATPE is the largest U.S-based global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events, including NATPE Miami Marketplace + Conference, L.A. Screenings Independents, NATPE Budapest International and NATPE Streaming Plus.  Having launched NATPE Virtual, the global, year-round platform, the organization is fulfilling its mission to be one-stop shop for content.  NATPE V-Fronts™ is a stand-alone, custom-curated opportunity for all distributors and producers globally to provide screenings and showcases anywhere and at any time.  Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE, with a history of over five decades, is committed to representing the needs of its evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to be the indispensable resource in the evolution of content as the conduit to connectivity, business insights and opportunity.

For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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Media Contacts:
Kevin Broderick
The Lippin Group (LA)
kevin@lippingroup.com
323.965.1990

LA Virtual Screenings 2021 takes shapes with new design and conference

· The redesigned online content showcase will take place on May 11-20
· A dozen panels, sessions in production featuring leading content executives
· +100 participants have already registered in less than a month from the launch

Los Angeles, CA – February 25, 2021Prensario International, a pioneer media company with almost 50 years in the entertainment business, and the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) are collaborating on this year’s LA VIRTUAL SCREENINGS 2021, which will take place over ten days from May 11th to May 20th.

The third edition of Virtual Screenings is already getting global attention with more than 100 industry executives registered (buyers, sellers, producers) and twelve distributors and producers that have confirmed a booth at the online marketplace: TV France International, Caracol TV (Colombia), RTVE (Spain), Snap Media (USA), WWE (USA) and CDC United (Belgium), as well as Turkish drama leaders Kanal D International and MADD Entertainment, Nippon TV (Japan), SIC (Portugal), ORF Enterprises (Austria) and GoQuest (India). Most of them are returning to the event for their second or third time.

The brand-new design put a strong emphasis on the incredible creativity that is embedded in Los Angeles and the Hollywood industry. LAVS 2021 offers remarkable first look at new shows, connectivity with creators and buyers who would normally gather around the iconic May Screenings organized by the Studios “We are very pleased with the evolution of LA Virtual Screenings so far. Everything seems to be in favor as we build the success of the two first editions last year and continue our alliance with NATPE,’, said Nicolas Smirnoff, director, Prensario International.

“Although there are many online events nowadays, just a few of them are successful, and the industry takes note. LAVS will be again surpass expectations,” he added.

JP Bommel, President and CEO, NATPE, remarked: “As we navigate the pandemic, we are delighted to expand our partnership with Prensario to continue to be the global source for content. This partnership elevates our connectivity with top buyers in all sectors of the industry who delight in seeing first-hand fresh content available for distribution in May and in the fall. We look forward to resuming our physical events in Q3 with Budapest in late summer, Miami in Jan and resuming our partnership with Isabella Marquez in May 2022”

The event platform, which has also powered VS Autumn in September 2020, is user-friendly and will give buyers access to five sections. One of the platform’s top innovations has been VS Next, gathering more than a dozen of panels and sessions, as well as remarks from some of the key global executives.

Topics for the conference portion include: The Streaming War and the OTT evolution; the changes in the distribution business; the newcomers in drama production (CEE, Russia, Spain, Japan), as well as audience and content trends in Asia, Latin America and Europe. Both LAVS and VS Autumn will be curated by Prensario and produced along with the event partners, including global consultancy companies, trade media and other organizations.

Registration for LAVS 2021 is now open and we welcome content professionals from around the world to participate in the VS Experience by registering at the website www.virtualscreenings.com for free.

About Prensario International

With almost 50 years in business, Prensario International is a leading trade publication for the global content market. Traditionally focused on the music industry, it quickly transformed into an entertainment media powerhouse covering the different business segments: first, the booming Pay TV in the ’80, then the programming and content business at the beginning of the ’90 with the big expansion of Latin telenovela all across the world, and now as a referent of the digital and 360-degree businesses in all genres and territories.

About NATPE

NATPE is a global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events; all specially curated for the content industry. Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE’s rich history, spanning over five decades, cements its roots as the largest U.S.-based global content association. NATPE is committed to representing the needs of our evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to shape the future of the business of content. It organizes three trade shows: NATPE Miami, the #1 global content show in the Americas; LA Screenings Independents, with focus in Latin America and US Hispanic; and NATPE Budapest, the ultimate destination for companies targeting CEE and CIS. 

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Media Contacts:
Kevin Broderick
The Lippin Group (LA)
kevin@lippingroup.com

NATPE Gathers Industry’s Top Talent to Discuss the Business of Black TV at New Virtual Event on February 16

Event Features Jonathan Capehart (MSNBC & PBS), Kevin Frazier and Nichelle Turner (“Entertainment Tonight”), Soledad O’Brien, and Speakers from AMC, Monami Entertainment, REVOLT Media & TV, Tyler Perry Studios, and More

Los Angeles, February 12, 2021 – In a salute to Black History Month, the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) is putting the spotlight on the business of Black TV during a new event created to spark compelling discussion around key industry topics on an international stage.  The premier global business association for content producers, distributors, streamers, and buyers across all platforms, NATPE has programmed a stellar line-up of talent and executives, who will speak to an audience spanning network executives, showrunners and producers, distribution sales and acquisitions executives, brands, agencies and students. 

To attend the February 16 event, titled NATPE Virtual: Segregation, Segmentation and Storytelling, get complimentary tickets and more information at www.NATPE.com

Hosted by Page Six Reporter Carlos Greer, the event kicks off with a keynote interview of Jonathan Capehart (MSNBC, PBS, The Washington Post).  This culture and public affairs commentator discusses his career journey including the early challenges as well as his ongoing effort to reflect the integrity of his opinions as one Black voice in the television industry. He’ll be interviewed by event producer and President, Schramm Marketing Group, Joe Schramm.

Packing a full day’s topics into three hours, the keynote will be followed by an advertising discussion – “Engaging Black TV Viewers to Loyal Brand Customers”, and an engaging conversation with leaders from AMC’s ALLBLK!/WE tv, Sean “Diddy” Combs’ REVOLT TV & Media, and Tyler Perry Studios discussing the ins and outs of their programming strategies.

The program continues with four fast-paced, fireside discussions with leading television executives or personalities who talk about their personal obligation to authentically represent a Black perspective or “Voice” in their programs.

NATPE Virtual: Segregation, Segmentation and Storytelling speakers: 

  • Jonathan Capehart – The Washington Post’s PostPartisan and host of MSNBC’s “The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart” as well as contributor to the “PBS NewsHour”
  • Hanelle Culpepper – Film director, film producer, screenwriter and television director
  • Brett Dismuke – President, ALLBLK! and GM, WE tv
  • Scott Evans – Host of “Access Hollywood,” “Access Daily,” “All Access,” “Access Weekend,” “World of Dance”
  • Kevin Frazier – Host of “Entertainment Tonight”
  • MaryAnne Howland – Founder & CEO Ibis Communications & Global Diversity Leadership Exchange
  • Monique Nelson – Chair & CEO, of UWG (UniWorld Group, a subsidiary of WPP)
  • Soledad O’Brien – Anchor of “Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien”
  • Janine Rubenstein – Host, “PEOPLE Every Day” podcast; Editor-at-Large, PEOPLE
  • Detavio Samuels – Co-Lead and Chief Operating Officer, REVOLT Media & TV
  • Michelle Sneed – President of Production & Development, Tyler Perry Studios
  • Mona Scott-Young – acclaimed TV producer, music manager and businesswoman, and CEO of Monami Productions.
  • Jazz Tangcay – Senior Artisans Editor, “Variety”
  • Nischelle Turner – Correspondent and Weekend Co-Host, “Entertainment Tonight”

NATPE’s President and CEO JP Bommel, commented, “As the industry’s leading content organization, NATPE reflects the community at large and to do so authentically, there is no better time to put a Spotlight on BlackTV.  We couldn’t be more proud of the line-up and hope the dialogue pushes the dialogue and creates the new norm.”

According to Joe Schramm, the event’s producer, the virtual event features discussions that “take a bold approach toward advancing the conversation around the impact of segregation on the evolution of the Black TV business, the importance of Black audience segments to advertisers, and the role of the Black voice in television content”  

NATPE VIRTUAL, which also powered this year’s NATPE Miami, will continue its schedule of events with two more events in March and April. NATPE Virtual:  The Business of Live Sports will take place on March 23 and NATPE Virtual: News will take place in April. 

About NATPE

NATPE is the largest U.S-based global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events, including NATPE Miami Marketplace + Conference, L.A. Screenings Independents, NATPE Budapest International and NATPE Streaming Plus, LA Virtual Screenings 2021. Having launched NATPE Virtual, the global, year-round platform, the organization is fulfilling its mission to be one-stop shop for content. NATPE V-Fronts™ is a stand-alone, custom-curated opportunity for all distributors and producers globally to provide screenings and showcases anywhere and at any time. Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE, with a history of over five decades, is committed to representing the needs of its evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to be the indispensable resource in the evolution of content as the conduit to connectivity, business insights and opportunity. 

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Media Contacts:
Kevin Broderick
The Lippin Group (LA)
natpe@lippingroup.com
323.965.1990

MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart to Keynote NATPE Virtual: Segregation, Segmentation and Storytelling – The Business of Black TV

The February 16 Event Salutes Black History Month
As Part of Ongoing Schedule of NATPE VIRTUAL Monthly Conferences in 2021

Los Angeles, February 3, 2021 – The premiere global business association for content producers, distributors, streamers, and buyers across all platforms, National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) today announced that Jonathan Capehart (The Washington Post’s PostPartisan and host of MSNBC’s “The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart” as well as contributor to the Brooks and Capehart segment on the “PBS NewsHour.”) will keynote this month’s event spotlighting the business of black television. The event titled – NATPE Virtual: Segregation, Segmentation and Storytelling – will take place on February 16, 2021 as part of Black History Month. 

Others slated as keynote interview guests include leading media agency executive Monique Nelson, the Chair & CEO, of UWG (UniWorld Group, a subsidiary of WWP); plus acclaimed TV producer, music manager and businesswoman, Mona Scott Young, CEO, of Monami Productions. Among others scheduled for the event are key TV network executives including Brett Dismuke, President, All Black; and Detavio Samuel, COO, Revolt TV. The event will be hosted by Carlos Greer, Entertainment Reporter from “Page Six.” 

The virtual event will feature a series of discussions that each take a bold approach toward advancing the conversation around the impact of segregation practices on the evolution of the Black TV business, the importance of Black audience segments to advertisers, and the significant role of the Black voice in television content.  Attendees are expected to reflect network executives, talent, showrunners and producers, distribution sales and program acquisitions executives, brand advertisers and media buying agencies, marketers, as well as students. 

NATPE’s President and CEO JP Bommel, comments, “NATPE’s mission is to advance the conversation in the evolution of content and to embrace, engage and educate global audiences. In that respect NATPE is gathering outstanding leaders to have important discussions that celebrate Black voices in television.  We are also coming together to discuss the business of Black TV during Black History Month.”

NATPE VIRTUAL, which powered NATPE Miami as well, will continue its schedule of events after NATPE Virtual: Segmentation, Segregation and Storytelling with two more events in March and April, respectively. NATPE Virtual:  The Business of Live Sports will take place on March 23 and NATPE Virtual: News will take place on April 7. 

For more information and complimentary tickets visit www.NATPE.com on this prestigious event. 

About NATPE

NATPE is the largest U.S-based global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events, including NATPE Miami Marketplace + Conference, L.A. Screenings Independents, NATPE Budapest International and NATPE Streaming Plus, LA Virtual Screenings 2021. Having launched NATPE Virtual, the global, year-round platform, the organization is fulfilling its mission to be one-stop shop for content. NATPE V-Fronts™ is a stand-alone, custom-curated opportunity for all distributors and producers globally to provide screenings and showcases anywhere and at any time. Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE, with a history of over five decades, is committed to representing the needs of its evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to be the indispensable resource in the evolution of content as the conduit to connectivity, business insights and opportunity. 

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Media Contacts:
Kevin Broderick
The Lippin Group (LA)
natpe@lippingroup.com
323.965.1990

Prensario and NATPE Team-up Launch LA Virtual Screenings 2021

Prensario International and NATPE confirm a new Virtual Screenings event as the premiere digital event for international content during the traditional LA Screenings season – May 11-20

Los Angeles, CA – January 18, 2021- Prensario International, a pioneer media company with almost 50 years in the entertainment business, and the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) will work together to organize LA Virtual Screenings this year. This will be the third digital event of its kind, created by Prensario, with two successful events already taking place in 2020.

LA Virtual Screenings 2021 (LAVS) will take place over ten days from May 11th to May 20th. This partnership is part of a larger strategic deal announced last December that includes creation of a VIP Global Buyers’ Club overseen by Prensario for NAPTE Miami Virtual 2021 (Jan. 19-29).

Nicolas Smirnoff, director, Prensario International, underlined: “Virtual Screenings was our top news of 2020, a very successful initiative and a real contribution for the content business that allowed the global industry to go through the pandemic much better. Witnessing the difficult scenario of 2021, being again allies with NATPE takes the VS experience to the next level. We’ll push everything further and deeper”.

JP Bommel, President and CEO, NATPE, added: “We are delighted to continue and grow our extremely productive partnership with Prensario for the benefit of our buyers and sellers. Prensario has been at the forefront of providing business intelligence and connectivity during the pandemic and was an early adopter of virtual events, which was critically acclaimed by the industry.”

LAVS 2021 platform will be on the line of VS Autumn, which took place in September 2020. The platform is very simple and buyers who register for free will have access to all the five sections.

Acquisitions, programming, and production executives attending the virtual marketplace will be able to:

  • Watch trailers, previews, or complete episodes of the shows being offered,
  • Go through the company information via an exhibitor directory and,
  • Utilize complementary digital tools and services to connect with global content providers.

Content providers expected to attend include those from Hollywood studios, independent producers, leading Latin American, Turkish, APAC and MENA and African distributors. Buyers from all across the world can already register at www.virtualscreenings.com.

Prensario’s Virtual Screenings have grown upon each outing. The first VS saw 4000 participants, including over 1300 buyers. The VS Autumn in September 2020 surpassed the first attendance number of 4000 participants and saw a 15-20% growth in number of buyers (+1500), screenings, countries, and cities compared to the Spring edition. 

About Prensario International

With almost 50 years in business, Prensario International is a leading trade publication for the global content market. Traditionally focused on the music industry, it quickly transformed into an entertainment media powerhouse covering the different business segments: first, the booming Pay TV in the ’80, then the programming and content business at the beginning of the ’90 with the big expansion of Latin telenovela all across the world, and now as a referent of the digital and 360-degree businesses in all genres and territories.

About NATPE

NATPE is a global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events; all specially curated for the content industry. Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE’s rich history, spanning over five decades, cements its roots as the largest U.S.-based global content association. NATPE is committed to representing the needs of our evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to shape the future of the business of content. It organizes three trade shows: NATPE Miami, the #1 global content show in the Americas; LA Screenings Independents, with focus in Latin America and US Hispanic; and NATPE Budapest, the ultimate destination for companies targeting CEE and CIS. 

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Media Contacts:
Kevin Broderick
The Lippin Group (LA)
kevin@lippingroup.com

Iris Awards to Honor Kelly Clarkson, Jordan Wertlieb, Kevin Frazier, and Entertainment Tonight at NATPE Virtual Miami

World Renowned Entertainers Penn & Teller to Host the Ceremony -January 21

LOS ANGELES, January 13, 2021 – The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), the premier global business association for content producers, distributors, streamers and buyers across all platforms, today announced the recipients for the 2021 Iris Awards. Magicians, entertainers, and scientific skeptics Penn & Teller (“Penn & Teller: Fool Us”) will serve as hosts. The ceremony will take place as part of NATPE Virtual Miami on Thursday, January 21that 1:00 PM ET. This year’s Iris Award honorees are:

Award for Excellence in Performance: Kelly Clarkson, award winning entertainer and host of The Kelly Clarkson Show

Lew Klein Award for Leadership: Jordan Wertlieb, President of Hearst Television

Award for Career Achievement: Kevin Frazier, host of five-time Emmy Award-winning Entertainment Tonight

Award for Excellence in Programming: Entertainment Tonight

NATPE’s Iris Awards were created to recognize best-in-class executives, program producers, creators, talent and importantly content that makes a significant impact on the industry and our culture.  In 2021 the organization once again honors a very select group who demonstrate excellence in the world of the broadcasting industry.

Commented JP Bommel, President and CEO, NATPE: “I am thrilled to announce that the iconic IRIS Awards are back for the 2nd year during NATPE Virtual Miami 2021. In these extraordinary times, this year’s recipients represent the best in Television locally, nationally and globally with franchises that expand around the Globe”

The conference portion of NATPE Miami Virtual will take place January 19-22, with the Marketplace open from January 19-29.  For more details on the executives speaking and for a look at the programming agenda, please visit www.natpe.com/miami/agenda.

The NATPE brand has long been recognized as a one-stop-shop in the global content marketplace, and even during challenging times, its goal remains the same: to be the ultimate resource for producers and distributors as the one-stop-shop for the business of content.  NATPE Virtual delivers the key elements that make NATPE’s physical experience a must attend event.

About NATPE

NATPE is the largest U.S-based global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events, including NATPE Miami Marketplace + Conference, L.A. Screenings Independents, NATPE Budapest International and NATPE Streaming Plus.  Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE, with a history of over five decades, is committed to representing the needs of its evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to be the indispensable resource in the evolution of content as the conduit to connectivity, business insights and opportunity.

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kevin@lippingroup.com

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NBCUniversal Television and Streaming Chairman Mark Lazarus

NATPE Miami Conference Highlighted by Major Players in Streaming, Syndication, and International Content Production including A+E Networks, Canal+, Debmar-Mercury, MGM, Netflix, ITV Studios, Paramount+, PBS, FOX Television Stations, Starz, StudioCanal, Telemundo, Tubi, Universal Television, Univision, ViacomCBS, The Walt Disney Company, and more

LOS ANGELES, January 7, 2021 – The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), the premier global business association for content producers, distributors, streamers and buyers across all platforms, today announced that the conference portion of the first international television event of the year will kick-off with NBCUniversal Television and Streaming Chairman Mark Lazarus as opening keynote. Lazarus will be joined on stage by Hoda Kotb, co-anchor of NBC News’ TODAY and co-host of TODAY with Hoda & Jenna, who will moderate the fireside conversation. Due to circumstances surrounding the ongoing pandemic NATPE Virtual Miami 2021 will be held entirely online as part of the organization’s growing NATPE Virtual slate.

The conference portion of NATPE Virtual Miami will take place January 19-22, with the Marketplace open from January 19-29.  Attendees to the conference can expect four days of programming channels each with a different theme (Business, Audience, Content, Production). On each of those days, there will be programming blocks with different tracks. Every day will commence with The Big Opening, which includes the conversation with Mark Lazarus, followed by Station Groups, Streaming, and Series. NATPE Miami viewers will be able to easily tune into conference programming that meets their interests on a daily basis as if it were a TV network.

The packed line-up includes top content industry executives from AMC, A+E, Avalon, Canal+, CW, DirecTV, DMR, Eccho Rights, Endemol Shine, Entertainment Studios, FilmRise, FOX, Hearst Television Group, ITV Studios, LiveLike, Neilsen, Netflix, Premiere Digital, PBS, StudioCanal, Telemundo, Tubi, RMVISTAR, Starz, Universal Television, Univision, ViacomCBS, Vrio, The Walt Disney Company, Whip Media and many more. Jay Leno, Kevin Eubanks, and Robin Roberts are among other notable names on the program. For more details on the executives speaking and for a look at the programming agenda, please visit www.natpe.com/miami/agenda.

President and CEO JP Bommel comments, “This past year has been extraordinary by any imaginable measure and I want to reflect on the lives we have lost in our beloved industry and send loving thoughts to the family and friends of those, to this day, are still affected. While it wasn’t possible to meet in person this year, we went to task to overcome video conferencing fatigue and provide a unique “one click” experience where fresh content from all over the world will be showcased. The conference itself will provide endless opportunities for creativity and connection.”

The NATPE brand has long been recognized as a one-stop-shop in the global content marketplace, and even during challenging times, its goal remains the same: to be the ultimate resource for producers and distributors as the one-stop-shop for the business of content.  NATPE Virtual delivers the key elements that make NATPE’s physical experience a must attend event.

About NATPE

NATPE is the largest U.S-based global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events, including NATPE Miami Marketplace + Conference, L.A. Screenings Independents, NATPE Budapest International and NATPE Streaming Plus.  Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE, with a history of over five decades, is committed to representing the needs of its evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to be the indispensable resource in the evolution of content as the conduit to connectivity, business insights and opportunity.

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The Lippin Group (LA)
kevin@lippingroup.com

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NATPE Miami Virtual 2021 Reveals Conference Agenda Set to Cover Every Aspect of the Content Industry – Jan. 19-22

Fully Digital NATPE Miami Lineup to Feature Executives from AMC, A+E, Endemol Shine, FOX, PBS, StudioCanal, Telemundo, Tubi, Starz, Universal Television, Univision, ViacomCBS, and Many More

LOS ANGELES, December 21, 2020 – The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), the premier global business association for content producers, distributors, streamers and buyers across all platforms today revealed details including tracks, themes, schedule, and speakers for its upcoming NATPE Miami 2021 Marketplace and Conference.

Programmed as a Television Business Newscast, the four-day streaming event focuses on 4 channels: REVENUE GENERATION, AUDIENCE STRATEGY, ACQUISITION AND DISTRIBUTION and GLOBAL NEW CONTENT, each day featuring leading executives in these key business drivers across all content sectors.

The conference portion of NATPE Miami Virtual will take place January 19-22. The Marketplace will be open from January 19-29.

The packed lineup includes top content industry executives from AMC, A+E, Canal+, CW, DMR, Eccho Rights, Endemol Shine, FilmRise, FOX, LiveLike, Premiere Digital, PBS, StudioCanal, Telemundo, Tubi, Starz, Universal Television, Univision, ViacomCBS, Whip Media, and many more. Additional names will be announced in the coming week. For more details on the executives speaking and for a look at the programming agenda, please visit www.natpe.com/miami/agenda.

On each day, there will be five programming blocks each starting at set times and covering a different programming track. Session for each track will be at the same time each day of the week with start times as follows: 

  • 12:00pm ET (Tuesday – Friday) – The Big Openings
  • 1:00pm ET (Tuesday – Friday) – Station Group Track
  • 1:45pm ET (Tuesday – Friday – Streaming Track
  • 2:30pm ET (Tuesday – Friday) – Series Track
  • 3:15pm ET (Tuesday – Friday) – Global Track

Said President and CEO JP Bommel, “We are about to enter a year of new deals and opportunities as demand for new content is at its highest. NATPE Virtual Miami offers unique opportunities via the most user friendly and intuitive platform to provide business intelligence and the best in content forward from global distributors. We are proud to launch our VIP Buyers lounge to the top acquisition executives from around the World.”

The NATPE brand has long been recognized as a one-stop-shop in the global content marketplace, and even during challenging times, its goal remains the same: to be an ultimate resource for producers and distributors as the one-stop-shop for the business of content.  NATPE Virtual delivers the key elements that make NATPE’s physical experience a must attend event.

About NATPE

NATPE is the largest U.S-based global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events, including NATPE Miami Marketplace + Conference, L.A. Screenings Independents, NATPE Budapest International and NATPE Streaming Plus.  Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE, with a history of over five decades, is committed to representing the needs of its evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to be the indispensable resource in the evolution of content as the conduit to connectivity, business insights and opportunity.

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Kevin Broderick
The Lippin Group (LA)
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Omni-Cultural TV Fest

Omni Cultural TV Fest in Partnership with NATPE and S.T.R.E.A.M. Global Innovations Make History with 14-Hour Avatar-Populated 3-D Live Stream Experience

Los Angeles, CA/ Dec. 21, 2020/ — Omni Cultural TV Fest (OCTVF) and S.T.R.E.A.M. Global Innovations joined forces on Dec. 8 on a groundbreaking avatar-populated virtual festival.

The Second Annual OCTVF was hosted in partnership with NATPE (The National Association of Television Program Executives) and S.T.R.E.A.M. Global Innovations, a non-profit educational organization that supports underserved communities. The all-day expo featured back-to-back panels, screenings, an award show and after-party in an interactive virtual world with personalized avatars.

“This year’s OCTVF was epic! Not even a pandemic could keep us from showcasing the new talent that we discovered,” said Cindy Cowan, Festival Co-Founder. “S.T.R.E.A.M. provided us with a superior virtual networking experience and our avatars allowed us to meet each other, participate in panels and the award show — and dance the night away!”

At the after-party, guests mingled with Kool from Kool and The Gang and Hanna El Bayeh, and danced to performances by Sandra G. and James Maslow. Vicki Barbolak (“America’s Got Talent”) hosted the award show.

The event was designed to connect a diverse group of filmmakers and creatives with buyers, distributors, studios and networks in a socially-distanced environment. Participants from around the world gave the event enthusiastic reviews. 

“It was amazing! I actually watched for 14 hours straight in my pajamas,” said Adeline Ferro, Executive Producer of “Mambochella,” (Official Selection/Documentary). “The panels were superb, the screenings and award show were exciting, and the party made me feel like I had gone out for the first time since the pandemic.” 

Geoff Silverman, Partner at The Cartel Agency was one of many executives who made successful connections. He commented, “I found all the creative talent to be fresh, diverse and ground breaking new voices. In fact, I am now in representation talks with a few of these fantastic creators.”

Hosts of the platform reported that the festival had over 1,200 log-ins, with 196 guests interacting and navigating their avatar for the entire 14-hour day! 

“These are impressive numbers and we were very honored to have been the official platform for this much needed event that connects the dots between thriving creators and their possibilities. This event made history for us both!” said Nikia Richards, co-founder of S.T.R.E.A.M. Global Innovations.

The Winners of the Second Annual OCTVF Awards are:

● Best Foreign Language – “Dia De las Carpas” by Joāo Dall’Stella
● Best Animation – “Fantomville” by Glaudius Studios, Puerto Rico
● Best Documentary – “What War” by Parvez Satter
● Best Scripted Comedy – “Winfield Historical Times” by Julia S. Cowle
● Best Comedy Special – “America’s Funniest Teen” by Corey Craig
● Short Web Series – “Hialeah” by Director David A Vargas
● Best Talk Show – “Trend Talk” by Bel Hernandez and Naibe Reynoso
● Film or Shorts – “Rosie” by Destry Alyn Spielberg & “Overkill” by Alex Montilla
● TV Scripted Drama – “Variable” by Chris Valenziano and Maurice Whitfield
● Best Unscripted or Reality – “First Week Out” by Isaac Fuentes

Industry professionals were honored for their contributions to diversity and inclusion:

● The Pioneer Award to DL Hughley
● The Legacy Award to Shari Belafonte
● The Visionary award to Maurice Fadida
● The International Icon Award to Guy Ecker
● The Circle of Excellence Award to Yancey Arias
● Trailbazer to Emily Tosta

Anannke Entertainment, Maverick Entertainment, Serquet Productions, DG CINE, Dominican Republic Film Commission, Hispanic Star, Latin Heat, TV MAS, Prensario Internacional, and El Nuevo Diario were among supporting sponsors.

Submissions are now open for Omni Cultural TV Fest 2021 at: 

www.OmniCulturalTvFest.com

www.Filmfreeway.com

“No matter what, we will make it happen for our filmmakers,” said Kiki Melendez, CEO of Latin Hollywood Films and Founder of OCTVF. “We are grateful to have found a new way to bring us together.”


For more information on S.T.R.E.A.M. Global Innovations or to check out their innovative platform, please visit streamglobal.org

NATPE Expanding Its Content Focus to Embrace Global Ecosystem Role of MVPDs Initiative Kicksoff With NATPE V-Fronts Session December 15th And Will Continue Throughout 2021 Including NATPE Virtual Miami in Janaury

Industry Organization To Also Form MVPD Committee Led By Innovative Industry Executives

LOS ANGELES, DECEMBER 9, 2020 – NATPE, taking into account the integral role MVPD’s play in the global content distribution ecosystem, is launching a broad new initiative to embrace this industry sector that will continue throughout 2021 and beyond. In addition to forming a soon to be named MVPD committee and conducting special MVPD-focused keynotes and sessions during the NATPE Virtual Miami conference in January (19-21) there is a kickoff event planned for December 15th.

Content Distribution on a Global ScaleMVPD’s and the Worldwide Content Market will take a deep dive to explore where the industry’s global MVPD content sector is going, during the next NATPE V-Front presentation. Hosted by TV5MONDE USA, the free, one-hour (1:00pm/EST – 10:00am/PST) virtual event on December 15th will address this topic and more. Registration for this event can be accessed via: HERE

Moderated by Horowitz Research President and longtime MVPD observer Howard Horowitz the session will feature comments and insights from Verizon Consumer Group Chief Content Officer Erin McPherson, Liberty Latin America VP Chief Programming Officer Stephane David and Virgin Media, Liberty Global Head of Programming David Bouchier.

Remarked Chair of the NATPE MVPD committee and COO of TV5 USA Patrice Courtaban, “TV5MONDE is pleased to support NATPE in launching this new MVPD initiate and hosting this exciting first event. With the executives in charge of content acquisition for three global MVPD’s Erin, Stephane and David fielding Howard’s probing questions, I anticipate a very lively and informative discussion that provides a wide range of strategic insights.

About NATPE

NATPE is the largest U.S-based global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events, including NATPE Miami Marketplace + Conference, L.A. Screenings Independents, NATPE Budapest International and NATPE Streaming Plus. Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE, with a history of over five decades, is committed to representing the needs of its evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to be the indispensable resource in the evolution of content as the conduit to connectivity, business insights and opportunity.

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Kevin Broderick
The Lippin Group (LA)
kevin@lippingroup.com

NATPE Announces 2021 Virtual Conference Slate Starting with Fully Digital NATPE Miami

NATPE Miami – January 19-22 (Marketplace 19-29th)
NATPE Segregation, Segmentation & Storytelling – February 16
NATPE Sports – March 23
NATPE News – April 7

LOS ANGELES – October 29, 2020 – The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), the premier global business association for content producers, distributors, streamers and buyers across all platforms today announced the creation of three new events and completely virtual NATPE Miami. Due to circumstances and restrictions surrounding the ongoing pandemic, NATPE Miami will be held entirely online. Each of these events are a full component of the NATPE Virtual platform, a highly interactive experience designed to address the current content business environment as demonstrated by both NATPE Streaming Plus and NATPE Budapest International earlier this year that delivered the highest audience engagement.

The NATPE calendar of events for the first part of 2021 is as follows:

NATPE Virtual Miami – January 19-22 (Marketplace 19-29), 2021 – The first and largest virtual marketplace + conference of the year will start on Tuesday through Friday with each day featuring a full schedule of sessions focused on content business drivers.  Key themes for each day will cover Revenue (Investment, Advertising, & Subscription), Audience (Research, Marketing & Promotion), Content (Acquisition & Distribution Sales), and Production (New content). Additional topics will include Station Groups, Web Series, Global, Latin Summit and the renowned industry awards shows.  Exhibition will be open from Tuesday, January 19th through Friday, 29th.  More details to be announced in the coming months.

NATPE Segregation, Segmentation & Storytelling (NEW) – February 16, 2021 – A spotlight on the business of BlackTV, this summit advances the conversation about the business of Black talent, Black perspectives, and Black “voices” in television programming, as only NATPE can! Explore the role of Black talent, writers, showrunners, producers and directors, and the impact of their work on TV audiences and advertisers, today.

NATPE Sports (NEW)March 23, 2021 – This 2-hour, jam packed event will focus onthe changes and adjustments to the production of live sports content for TV and video, and the growth struggle to attract new sponsors and fans and retain traditional television audiencesand advertisers.

NATPE News (NEW)April 7, 2021 – ‘Out with the old and in with the News,’ this one-day event will explore the paradigm of “Fake News,” “disinformation,” and “bots” disrupting the traditional news cycle.  This timely event will look through the lens of post-election insights and will highlight best-practices grounded in journalistic integrity to provide attendees with a look at what’s to come.   Discussions focus on the preparation behind news perspectives, the influence and impact of advertisers, and the shifting audience and their taste for various news topics. 

“True to our mission to provide connections, business intelligence and new opportunities, NATPE is facing head-on the new reality by launching NATPE Virtual Miami, the first and largest content event of the year,” said President and CEO JP Bommel.  “This is a people’s business and until we can get together in-person, and we will, our plans are to continue to pivot and produce a compelling and engaging virtual series of events to serve our members and the expanded content community.

The NATPE brand has long been recognized as a one-stop-shop in the global content marketplace, and even during challenging times, its goal remains the same: to be an ultimate resource for producers and distributors as the one-stop-shop for the business of content.  NATPE Virtual delivers the key elements that make NATPE’s physical experience a must attend event.

About NATPE

NATPE is the largest U.S-based global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events, including NATPE Miami Marketplace + Conference, L.A. Screenings Independents, NATPE Budapest International and NATPE Streaming Plus.  Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE, with a history of over five decades, is committed to representing the needs of its evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to be the indispensable resource in the evolution of content as the conduit to connectivity, business insights and opportunity.

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Kevin Broderick
The Lippin Group (LA)
kevin@lippingroup.com

Omni-Cultural TV Fest

Omni Cultural TV Fest, In Partnership with NATPE, Will Host the Second Virtual Multicultural Television Festival on Dec 8, 2020

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Omni Cultural TV Fest (OCTVF) in partnership with NATPE launched its second annual television festival showcasing 60 selections from thousands of submissions worldwide. As production and special events came to an abrupt halt due to COVID-19, OCTVF found an innovative way to execute this year’s festival using an interactive platform at an all-day event on December 8, 2020.

The inaugural all-day event last year attracted more than 6000 participants at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. This year, OCTVF partnered with the nonprofit organization S.T.R.E.A.M. Global Innovations, creators of the “virtual world” platform that allows live streamed content and offers interactive access to guests. 

Using their computers, guests will create an avatar to “walk” through the sponsor expo, attend panel discussions, screenings and an award show.  They will be able to ask questions, network, and set up private meetings as if they were at the live festival. Participants using smart phones will have access to panels and shows.

To date, the festival has been instrumental in getting five projects distributed through ShortsTV, a movie deal with Maverick Entertainment, and pitch meetings with GRB, Disney, and All 3 Media, and fulfill requests to view participants’ content from prominent networks and studios.

Festival supporters include Anannke Entertainment, Nickelodeon, Viacom, A&E, Lifetime, The History Channel, The Nacelle Company, CBS Diversity, NBC/Telemundo, Spectrum TV1, Azteca TV International, MGM Television, NYWIFT, Greenlight Women, HRTS, Vimeo, Latin Heat, TVMas, Latin Business Today, Maverick Entertainment, Serqet Production, JEAR Entertainment, The Dominican Republic Film Commision (DGCine). 

“We are excited to partner with S.T.R.E.A.M. Global. First, we are supporting a nonprofit that promotes youth empowerment in technology, and second, we are offering our attendees a superior networking experience,” said Kiki Melendez, OCTVF Founder and Latin Hollywood Films CEO.

“I am eager to execute this year’s OCTVF! Our selections are superb, and we are doing something completely unique and positive for our global creative community,” said Festival Director, Elvia Barboa.

The panels are programmed by veteran executive, Jenean Atwood Baynes and include: Writing for Television, Perfecting the Pitch, Directing, New Media, Worldwide Distribution, Capturing the Latino Market, Surviving COVID in Hollywood and Celebrating Diversity with today’s top entertainment creatives and change agents. OCTVF features professionals from the industry’s ecosystem participating on panels and serving as judges on our Blue-Ribbon event.

“We have been showcasing vetted producers with show teasers through our OCTVF Virtual Pre-Shows all summer. Now it’s time for the world to see their work,” said festival Co-Founder Cindy Cowan.

For more and tickets: https://omni-cultural-tv-fest-2020.eventbrite.com/

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310-925-8789 
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Kiki Melendez
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Kids Insights Announces Membership With NATPE

Kids Insights becomes a NATPE member, sparking a new arrangement to promote research in the content industry.

MANCHESTER, 19 October 2020 – Kids Insights, part of The Insights People, is delighted to announce membership with The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE). Kids Insights – part of The Insights People – specializes in research and insights on kids and their ecosystems. It surveys more than 5,000 children every week, across five continents and 13 countries, or more than 277,000 children a year.

NATPE is the largest US-based global content association and professional membership organization, which is committed to leading the future of content. The association has roots dating back more than 50 years and has a variety of platforms at its disposable to execute its content strategies. Marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events – including NATPE V-Fronts™, NATPE Miami Marketplace + Conference, L.A. Screenings Independents, NATPE Budapest International and NATPE Streaming Plus amongst others – are organized by NATPE to meet the needs of its evolving members and constituents.

Kids Insights becoming a NATPE member will continue to highlight the importance of research in the content industry. The collaboration is just the beginning as Kids Insights aims to predict future content trends for NATPE members. By providing reliable data on the attitudes, behaviors and consumption for the new generation of content consumers, means the content industry companies will be able to tailor their advertising, content, licencing, marketing, product and sales strategies.

Based on Kids Insights data, since lockdown, the amount of American kids watching more online TV streaming and video viewing platforms has increased by 5%. Interestingly, kids’ favorite TV shows can also influence purchasing habits. Nearly half (44%) of kids aged 3-12 purchase toys related to their favorite TV show. This opens avenues for exciting licensing and merchandising opportunities for brands.

Now is the perfect time for Kids Insights and NAPTE to join together, prior to the launch of NATPE’s Analytics & Addressability conference, a virtual event held at the NAB Show in New York. The event is being sponsored by Kids Insights as part of the new relationship with NATPE. The aim of the event is to discuss how usable intelligence attracts viewers and drives engagement – a topic that Kids Insights can provide an abundance of knowledge on.

Nick Richardson, founder and CEO of The Insights People says:

“We are delighted to be working with NATPE. With the after Coronavirus (AC) world forcing events to go online, NATPE launched NATPE Virtual and teamed up with renowned trade fair, NAB. This was an attractive package for us, as we continue to expand our reach in the US market, and at the same time, we feel we have a lot to offer the members of NATPE. We are excited to see what the Analytics & Addressability conference brings to the table on 22 October.”

NATPE is not only excited to be welcoming Kids Insights but is also happy to be working alongside the NAB Show for the first time.

Under the terms of this new arrangement, NATPE members will be entitled to an exclusive subscription discount for The Insights People services, which includes bespoke projects, regular independent insights-led content, reports and online sessions to facilitate wider industry conversations.

Kids Insights will be hosting a case study-based webinar with its US client, PBS Kids during the Analytics & Addressability conference on 22 October. To register to attend the conference, please visit: www.natpe.com/analytics-and-addressability/attend

The Manchester based company have just released its inaugural Trends Across the Planet report which identifies some of the key trends in the kids, tweens and teens marketplace and is available to download at: www.kidsinsights.com/natpe

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For all media enquiries, interview requests with founder and CEO, Nick Richardson, or for any other information, please contact Rachael Rogerson.

Email: rachael@theinsightspeople.com  

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About The Insights People & Kids Insights

theinsightspeople.com 
www.kidsinsights.com

Kids Insights specializes in research and insights on kids and their ecosystems. Kids Insights now survey more than 5,000 children every week, across five continents and 11 countries, or more than 240,000 children a year. Our real-time portal is continually updated to allow our clients to spot the latest trends before their competitors do. Our market intelligence is used by companies such as the Amazon, Crayola, Formula 1, LEGO, Ofcom, Pokémon, SEGA, Turner and Warner Bros.

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NATPE and NAB Show New York Present New Analytics & Addressability Program

–Claudio Marcus, VP Strategy, Comcast Advertising to deliver opening keynote–

–Five session program, hosted by Carlos Greer of Page Six, starts at noon ET on Thursday, October 22–

Washington, D.C./Los Angeles, CA || October 15, 2020 — The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) is partnering for the first time with the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) to offer a unique and timely program focused on data analytics and addressability. Claudio Marcus, vice president of Strategy at Comcast Advertising, will deliver the opening keynote. Produced by NATPE, the new Analytics & Addressability online forum will be presented October 22 as part of NAB Show New York.

The NATPE Virtual event is designed for experts in audience research, data technology, brand advertising, programming, and promotional marketing. The forum will address key questions related to brands, data, addressable TV, content development and audience measurement.

The fast-paced two-hour program starts at 12:00 p.m. ET with host Carlos Greer, the entertainment journalist and recent co-host of the syndicated entertainment news TV program, Page Six. The Analytics & Addressability track will feature five succinct sessions, 15 and 30 minutes in length.

“One session that attendees will especially enjoy features a case study by PBS Kids about the use of data and its influence on sales of licensed merchandise. The session is featuring Andrea Schutzman, director of audience insights at PBS and Jonathan Watson, CPO at Kids Insights,” said JP Bommel, CEO and president of NATPE.

“The addition of NATPE’s Analytics & Addressability program brings this timely and relevant topic to the forefront at NAB Show New York in a format that is sure to inform and engage,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. “We are pleased to partner with NATPE in adding this new track targeted specifically for content developers, audience research professionals and data-driven decision makers.”

Other sessions include the opening conversation about shifts in consumer attitudes since the beginning of the pandemic, entitled “Is What We Knew No Longer True?”. Another discussion focuses on strategic applications for abundantly available data on television viewers and video consumers. Panelists will also explore optimal data for use in making content decisions and best practices for applying data analytics to addressable consumer advertising.

Bommel added, “We are thrilled to be partnering with NAB Show New York to offer advertising tech and sales executives, media planners, brands, producers and network programmers as well as data technology experts, the opportunity to discover how to best leverage the latest tech updates and effectively utilize the overwhelming amount of viewer data now available.”

Registration is $99 for this first-time collaboration.

Qualified press are encouraged to register to receive complimentary access to this session and more.

About NATPE

NATPE is the largest U.S-based global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events, including NATPE Miami Marketplace + Conference, L.A. Screenings Independents, NATPE Budapest International and NATPE Streaming Plus. Having launched NATPE Virtual, the global, year-round platform, the organization is fulfilling its mission to be one-stop shop for content. NATPE V-Fronts™ is a stand-alone, custom-curated opportunity for all distributors and producers globally to provide screenings and showcases anywhere and at any time. Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE, with a history of over five decades, is committed to representing the needs of its evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to be the indispensable resource in the evolution of content as the conduit to connectivity, business insights and opportunity.

About NAB Show New York

Produced by the National Association of Broadcasters, the 2020 NAB Show New York is a 10-day online event showcasing advances in next-generation technology and featuring conferences, workshops and exhibits focused on television, film, online video, live events, advertising, corporate A/V, production and post. The interactive digital event takes place October 19 – 29, 2020. More information is available at NABShowNY.com.

About NAB

The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America’s broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at www.nab.org.

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Ann Marie Cumming
(202) 429-5350

NATPE Contact
Kevin Broderick
(323) 965-1990

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NATPE Streaming Plus, Featuring Speakers From CBS All Access, FOX, GroupM, HBO MAX, PBS, Pluto TV, Quibi, Roku, Tubi, Univision, and More – September 14-17, 2020

Tubi CCO Adam Lewinson to Tackle the Advantages of Niche Programming and the Future of FAST Platforms

LOS ANGELES, CA|September 11, 2020 – The premiere global business association for content producers, distributors, streamers, and buyers across all platforms, the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) will take place next week with top decision-makers from the leading global streaming destinations, influential producers, and advertising executives, including, CBS All Access and ViacomCBS Digital, FOX, GroupM, HBO Max, PBS, Pluto TV, Quibi, Roku, Tubi, Univision, Vice, and more. Available to a worldwide audience, the second annual iteration of the Streaming Plus and will take place as part of NATPE VIRTUAL from September 14-17. The final agenda is available now at www.natpe.com.

Kicking off day three of the four-day virtual confab will be Adam Lewinson, Chief Content Officer at Tubi – FOX Entertainment’s ad-supported streaming platform, The moderated conversation is set to discuss topics such as the importance of niche programming to audience acquisition, and the future paths FAST platforms may take as the streaming ecosystem evolves.

“The seminal conversation on the state of the streaming industry is upon us and we are confident that even though we will be meeting virtually, the second year of Streaming Plus will continue to entertain and educate. We look forward to our speakers making headlines with their appearances next week,” said JP Bommel, CEO and President, NATPE.

Early registration will begin at $99 for complete access to the conference. For more information and tickets visit https://www.natpe.com/streamingplus/register for more information on this event. 

About NATPE
NATPE is the largest U.S-based global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events, including NATPE Miami Marketplace + Conference, L.A. Screenings Independents, NATPE Budapest International and NATPE Streaming Plus.  Having launched NATPE Virtual, the global, year-round platform, the organization is fulfilling its mission to be one-stop shop for content.  NATPE V-Fronts™ is a stand-alone, custom-curated opportunity for all distributors and producers globally to provide screenings and showcases anywhere and at any time.  Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE, with a history of over five decades, is committed to representing the needs of its evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to be the indispensable resource in the evolution of content as the conduit to connectivity, business insights and opportunity.

For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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NATPE and CEETV announce winner of PITCH & PLAY LIVE! 2020

LOS ANGELES, CA | August 8, 2020 – NATPE and CEETV are delighted to announce that the winning format of the fifth edition of PITCH & PLAY LIVE!, as voted for by an expert jury during NATPE Virtual Budapest, is Russia’s CHILDREN VS. ADULTS.

CHILDREN VS. ADULTS is a family show in which two generations compete with each other. One team consists of children from 10 to 16 years old and the other team consists of their parents or other close relative of 50 or more years old. In each competition adults answer to tricky questions about the twenty first century and children answer to questions about the last century. Also, the participants guess stars, songs, movies and things from the time which is unfamiliar to them. A team that has the highest score will go to an unusual quest room. To get the main prize the participants will have to complete all trials in a limited time.

The winning format owner receives complimentary registration and accommodation for NATPE Miami Marketplace + Conference 2021, as well as a series of development meetings with leading distributors in attendance.

The winning format was selected among three finalists, which included CHILDREN VS. ADULTS (CTC, Russia); reality show FASHION DESIGNERS (Kanal 2, Estonia) and entertainment format MADE IN QUARANTINE (RTL Klub, Hungary).

Following live presentations by the creators of all three shortlisted formats during the PITCH & PLAY LIVE! session, CHILDREN VS. ADULTS was chosen as the winner by an expert jury consisting of Daiva Andrade Gonzalez, Senior Content Acquisitions Manager, TV3 Group, Izzet Pino, Founder and CEO, Global Agency, and Taliah Shahar, Head of International Sales, Acquisitions and Partnerships, United Studios of Israel.

This year PITCH & PLAY LIVE!’s top three formats were shortlisted from a selection of ten brand-new original formats from CEE and EMEA. Each of the ten formats was evaluated based on three criteria: originality (how original is the idea for the format); universality (does the format idea show flexibility for changes and development) and internationality (does the format have the potential to be sold internationally). A selection committee, comprising industry professionals reviewed each format and voted in all three criteria with scores from 1 to 5. The final ranking was determined from the accumulated sum of all scores of the five selection committee members.

For more information about the Pitch & Play Live! event, please go to: http://pitchplay.tv/pplive

About NATPE:

NATPE is the largest U.S-based global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events, including NATPE Miami Marketplace + Conference, L.A. Screenings Independents, NATPE Budapest International and NATPE Streaming Plus. Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE, with a history of over five decades, is committed to representing the needs of its evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to be the indispensable resource in the evolution of content as the conduit to connectivity, business insights and opportunity.

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The Lippin Group (LA)
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NATPE and CEETV Announce Finalists for Fifth Edition of ”Pitch & Play Live 2020!” In Advance of NATPE Virtual Budapest – August 24-27

400 Buyers and New Exhibitors Join Virtual Event Delivering Critical Marketplace and Conference Elements in Comprehensive Digital Portal

LOS ANGELES, August 18, 2020 – The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), the premier global business association for content producers, distributors, streamers and buyers across all platforms, and CEETV are proud to announce the three finalists for the fifth edition of PITCH & PLAY LIVE! 2020, which will take place during NATPE Virtual Budapest – August 24th through 27th, 2020.

Following a remarkably close vote, the 3 finalists this year are: CHILDREN VS. ADULTS (CTC, Russia); MADE IN QUARANTINE (RTL Klub, Hungary) and FASHION DESIGNERS (Kanal 2, Estonia). The three finalist formats will be presented live by their creators during the PITCH & PLAY LIVE! session on Monday, August 24 at 15:00 CET. The jury, consisting of Izzet Pinto, Founder and CEO, Global Agency; Daiva Andrade Gonzalez, Senior Content Acquisitions Manager, TV3 Group, and Taliah Shahar, Head of International Sales, Acquisitions and Partnerships, United Studios of Israel, will review the top finalists and vote for one winner of the competition which will be announced live during NATPE VIRTUAL BUDAPEST.

With 400 buyers and a slew of new exhibitors attending, the weeklong NATPE Budapest Virtual is the digital iteration of this year’s NATPE Budapest International. The marketplace and conference remains the ultimate meeting of the television industry servicing the MENA and CEE regions. The NATPE VIRTUAL platform, which has been created in partnership with RightsTrade, Perigon, and Vision Events, is a single portal destination that encompasses the most comprehensive ecosystem of customized tools to empower creators and distributors of all backgrounds and experience.

STUDIOCANAL is slated to present the first of their new draft “The King of Warsaw”. Produced by Aurum Film for NC+, “The King of Warsaw” is CANAL+ Poland’s biggest TV series production to date, featuring a prestigious Polish cast. Based on the bestselling novel by Szczepan Twardoch and directed by Jan P. Matuszyński, The King of Warsaw, is cleverly set at a powerful turning point in history rarely seen on screen – right before the onset of WWII and the Holocaust.

The key elements that make NATPE’s physical experience a must attend event were carefully considered when building out the virtual event strategy as online networking and marketplaces become commonplace. Utilizing the digital space created by NATPE VIRTUAL and its partners, exhibitors will be able to guide buyers through the content licensing journey from discovery, to screening, to signing terms all digitally.

Additional Information on PITCH & PLAY LIVE 2020:

This year PITCH & PLAY LIVE’s Top 3 formats were selected from among nine brand-new original formats from CEE and EMEA, which were evaluated by the selection committee that included Darren Asamoa, Director of International Productions, SYCO Entertainment; Angelos Karagiannis, Acquisitions Manager at Antenna TV; Adva Avichzer, Head of Distribution at Gil Formats; Dann Novak, Content Executive, NATPE, and Georgi R. Chakarov, President and CEO of TVBIZZ and CEETV.

Each format was evaluated based on three criteria: originality (how original is the idea for the format); universality (does the format idea show flexibility for changes and development), and internationality (does the format have the potential to be sold internationally).

About NATPE:

NATPE is the largest U.S-based global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events, including NATPE Miami Marketplace + Conference, L.A. Screenings Independents, NATPE Budapest International and NATPE Streaming Plus. Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE, with a history of over five decades, is committed to representing the needs of its evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to be the indispensable resource in the evolution of content as the conduit to connectivity, business insights and opportunity.

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Media Contacts: 
Kevin Broderick 
The Lippin Group (LA)
kevin@lippingroup.com

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CBS All Access’ Marc DeBevoise and Julie McNamara Join NATPE Streaming Plus as Headliners – September 14-17, 2020

Duo to Discuss the Service’s Evolution and Upcoming Rebrand

ViacomCBS’ Pluto TV to Kick Off NATPE’s Day Two Programming

NATPE’s Virtual Event to Also Feature Execs from FOX, GroupM, HBO Max, Quibi, PBS, Tubi, Univision, Vice, and More

Los Angeles, August 13, 2020 –  The premiere global business association for content producers, distributors, streamers, and buyers across all platforms, the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) today announced that Marc DeBevoise, Chief Digital Officer, ViacomCBS and CEO & President, ViacomCBS Digital, and Julie McNamara, EVP and Head of Programming, CBS All Access will participate in a headlining keynote conversation together at NATPE Streaming Plus. DeBevoise and McNamara take the stage on the conference’s opening day after the recent news that ViacomCBS has begun the expansion of CBS All Access across the ViacomCBS brands and in advance of the service’s upcoming rebrand in early 2021.

Available to a worldwide audience, the second annual iteration of the Streaming Plus and will take place as part of NATPE VIRTUAL from September 14-17.

NATPE’s President and CEO JP Bommel, comments, “The amazing addition of Marc and Julie is further proof that we are building the preeminent conversation about the streaming industry. As the content industry continues to evolve, NATPE is at the forefront of the conversations which will dig into the questions we are all asking about the future of video content programing, distribution, and monetization.” 

Pluto TV will kick off day two in a two-part session. In the first part, CEO and co-founder Tom Ryan, will address the future of Pluto TV and AVOD. In the second part Amy Kuessner, SVP Content Strategy and Global Partnerships; and Scott Reich, SVP, Programming, will speak to the intersection of programming and acquisitions and how they work together.

NATPE Streaming Plus includes top decision-makers from the leading global streaming destinations, influential producers, and advertising executives, including, FOX, GroupM, Quibi, PBS, Pluto TV, Tubi, Univision, and Vice, with more to be announced prior to the event.

Early registration will begin at $99 for complete access to the conference. For more information and tickets visit https://www.natpe.com/streamingplus/register for more information on this event. 

About NATPE

NATPE is the largest U.S-based global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events, including NATPE Miami Marketplace + Conference, L.A. Screenings Independents, NATPE Budapest International and NATPE Streaming Plus.  Having launched NATPE Virtual, the global, year-round platform, the organization is fulfilling its mission to be one-stop shop for content.  NATPE V-Fronts™ is a stand-alone, custom-curated opportunity for all distributors and producers globally to provide screenings and showcases anywhere and at any time.  Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE, with a history of over five decades, is committed to representing the needs of its evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to be the indispensable resource in the evolution of content as the conduit to connectivity, business insights and opportunity.

For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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Press Contacts:
Kevin Broderick
The Lippin Group
natpe@lippingroup.com
323.965.1990

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NATPE Taps HBO MAX’s Acquisitions Head Michael Quigley For Opening Keynote At NATPE Streaming Plus – September 14-17, 2020

Top Execs from FOX, GroupM, Pluto TV, Tubi, Univision, and More Join Virtual Conference Focusing on Monetization, Audience Creation, and the State of the Streaming Industry

Los Angeles, July 29, 2020 –  The premiere global business association for content producers, distributors, streamers, and buyers across all platforms, the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) today announced that Michael Quigley, EVP, Content Acquisitions will be the Opening Keynote at NATPE Streaming Plus.

Available to a worldwide audience, the second annual iteration of the Streaming Plus and will take place as part of NATPE VIRTUAL. From September 14-17, the conference is set to facilitate the preeminent conversation for the streaming industry that will shape and define the future of video content programming & distribution, and monetization. 

NATPE Streaming Plus includes top decision-makers from the leading global streaming destinations, influential producers, and advertising executives, including Pluto TV, Tubi, and the below advertising panel, with more to be announced prior to the event.

Another highlight underlines NATPE’s continued mission to incorporate the advertising community into the conversation with a session featuring Marianne Gambelli, President Advertising Sales, FOX Corporation, Matt Sweeney – Chief Investment Officer, GroupM U.S., and Steve Mandala – President of Advertising Sales and Marketing, Univision. Together they will discuss the state of the marketplace and what the future may hold for both ad-supported streaming platforms and traditional television.

NATPE’s President and CEO JP Bommel, comments, “As a centerpiece event of our recently launched NATPE Virtual platform, we are thrilled to announce that the 2nd edition of NATPE Streaming Plus will be all virtual, boasting over four full days of sessions from industry leaders, which are now available to an expanded global audience.” 

Early registration will begin at $99 for complete access to the conference. For more information and tickets visit https://www.natpe.com/streamingplus/register for more information on this event. 

About NATPE

NATPE is the largest U.S-based global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events, including NATPE Miami Marketplace + Conference, L.A. Screenings Independents, NATPE Budapest International and NATPE Streaming Plus.  Having launched NATPE Virtual, the global, year-round platform, the organization is fulfilling its mission to be one-stop shop for content.  NATPE V-Fronts™ is a stand-alone, custom-curated opportunity for all distributors and producers globally to provide screenings and showcases anywhere and at any time.  Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE, with a history of over five decades, is committed to representing the needs of its evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to be the indispensable resource in the evolution of content as the conduit to connectivity, business insights and opportunity.

For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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Press Contacts:
Kevin Broderick
The Lippin Group
natpe@lippingroup.com
323.965.1990

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