CEETV and NATPE announce winner of third edition of PITCH & PLAY LIVE! #PitchPlay

Los Angeles/Budapest, 27 June – CEETV and NATPE have today announced  the winning format of the third edition of PITCH & PLAY LIVE!, which took place this evening during NATPE BUDAPEST INTERNATIONAL, as:  IN THE DARK (LNK, Lithuania) – in which seven sighted people are selected to tackle an extreme challenge – to survive ten weeks in complete darkness.

The winning format was chosen from three finalists, which also included THE COMMUNITY (Pink, Serbia) – a format in which contestants deal with real issues and everyday situations; and TWINS (Pyatnitsa, Russia) – where each episode tells the story of one pair of twins who decide to change their look and become different.

IN THE DARK was announced as the winner after the three finalist formats were presented live by their creators in Budapest during the PITCH & PLAY LIVE! session on Wednesday, 27 June. The jury, consisting of Manuela Caputi, Head of International Sales, Mediaset; Marietta Temesvari, Development and Content Strategist, Sony Pictures Television, CE and Kateryna Vyshnevska, Head of Development & Co-production, FILM.UA, then deliberated and selected the top format. 

This year, PITCH & PLAY LIVE’s three finalists were selected from among 14 formats from Lithuania, Serbia, Hungary, Russia and Turkey, following the vote of a selection committee which included Damien Porte, VP International Sales, Vivendi Entertainment; Nelly Feld, Head of Sales, Acquisitions and International Relations, Reshet TV; Andrew Sime, VP of Formats, Banijay Rights; 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). The selection committee members reviewed each of the 14 formats 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://ceetv.net/pitchplay/index

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 visitwww.natpe.com.

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Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation closes deal with Viasat World for docudrama Scars of Nanking

Budapest, Hungary: 26 June 2018: Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation (JSBC) has today signed a deal with Viasat World at NATPE BUDAPEST. The international media company has secured the rights to broadcast the Emmy Award-winning docudrama Scars of Nanking on Viasat History in July 2018.

Seniha Tunaboylu, Head Of Content And Acquisitions, Viasat World, and Li Hanchun, Deputy Director of International Department, JSBC signed the deal today, with Li Sheng, Vice President of Jiangu Broadcasting Corporation and CEO of NATPE, JP Bommel also in attendance the event and witnessing the signing of the deal.

On securing the rights to air the docudrama on Viasat History across CEE, Tunaboylu comments: “Our Viasat History audience is very loyal and discerning, and we are committed to bringing them more of the world-class, acclaimed content that they crave. With this deal, our important partnership with JSBC continues to deepen. Scars of Nanking is a fantastic addition to our programme line up for July, and we can’t wait to see how it performs on the channel.”

Li Sheng comments: “The Nanking Massacre is a very important historical event during World War II. I believe the screening of Scars of Nanking on Viasat History will let more European audiences know about the forgotten holocaust. It is also a great pleasure for JSBC and Viasat World to partner, bringing world-class content to a bigger audience.”

Scars of Nanking won the nominations of Outstanding Cinematography and Outstanding Single Camera Editing in 45th Daytime Emmy, and finally received the award for Outstanding Cinematography.

In Scars of Nanking, American missionaries struggle to save Chinese civilians from slaughter and rape at the hands of Japanese invaders and to smuggle out evidence of the infamous Nanking Massacre of 1937. During the brutal invasion of China in 1937 by Imperial Japanese forces, tens of thousands of civilians and prisoners of war were murdered and women raped in the city that was then the Chinese capital. Today it is known simply as “The Rape of Nanking.” Many fled before the invasion. But 22 foreigners did not leave Nanking.

This is the story of some of those who chose to stay in the face of grave personal danger—American missionaries, some of them educators, others doctors or ministers, all determined to do what they could to help safeguard a quarter of a million Chinese civilians. Not only do they put themselves directly in harm’s way to protect women from rape and both men and women from random execution and murder—these Americans play a key role in bringing evidence of the Nanking Massacre to the rest of the world.

One missionary, Father John Magee, films the aftermath of atrocities, while another, George Fitch, risks everything to clandestinely spirit the films out of the city. Dr. Robert Wilson saves countless lives as the only remaining surgeon in Nanking, and a heroic teacher, Minnie Vautrin, prevents hundreds of rapes singlehandedly. Their stories come to life through the letters and diaries they actually wrote during that terrible time as they bear witness to one of the worst wartime atrocities in history.

NATPE’s JP Bommel looks on as Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation closes deal with Viasat World for docudrama Scars of Nanking.

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About Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation 
Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation (Group), or JSBC, is one of the most powerful and influential media groups in China. JSBC is now running 16 television channels, 10 radio frequencies, 1 newspaper and 5 periodicals,in addition to IPTV, OTT, Web TV station and other new media businesses. The group is also operating other businesses including content production, cinema circuit, movie distribution, home-shopping, cable network, creative park, financial service, on-line game, animation and so on. JSBC’s leading channel Jiangsu Satellite Channel now ranks top among all provincial-level satellite channels in terms of coverage and rating share. Moreover, the JSBC-affiliated production companies and channels have produced many highly-acclaimed movie blockbusters and hit shows, such as Black Coal, Thin Ice, winner of the Golden Bear in 64th Berlinale, Changes, winner of the Best Drama Series Award in the 15th Asian Television Awards (ATA), Celebrity Battle, winner of the Best Music Program Award in the 19th ATA, Super Combat Teams, winner of the General Entertainment Program Award in the 20th ATA, as well as Perfect Match, I Never Knew That about China and A Foreign Perspective of Nanjing Massacre, benchmarks of China’s television industry.

About Viasat World
Viasat World is a leading international media company with a comprehensive channel and SVOD portfolio spanning the factual, entertainment, drama, film and sport genres. Operating 27 Pay-TV channels and on-demand services in key markets, we have over 164 million subscriptions across 50+ countries and territories.  Our world-class, compelling content is available in 17 different languages, expertly curated across our 18 content brands. Born out of a vast library of celebrated, contemporary programming, our core factual entertainment brands, Viasat Explore, Viasat History, Viasat Nature and Viasat Life, bring history to life, tell nature’s own stories and deliver timeless real-life entertainment through inspirational storytelling; whilst Epic Drama celebrates the greatest period drama series from around the globe. In addition, our nine distinct movie channels include TV1000, TV1000 Russian Kino and ViP Premiere, positioning us as the number one movie provider in Russia. The channels screen everything from Hollywood blockbusters to the very best internationally-acclaimed titles, featuring some of the greatest stars of all time. Committed to digital excellence, our aim is to secure SVOD rights for almost all our content. We operate ViP Play, a streaming service available in Russia and CIS, giving viewers access to our portfolio of channels and full content library. The TV1000 Russian Kino direct-to-consumer service is the latest addition to our digital portfolio, providing subscribers outside of Russia with access to a vast collection of the latest and greatest Russian films and TV series.

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CEETV and NATPE announce finalists for the third edition of PITCH & PLAY LIVE! #PitchPlay

Los Angeles/Budapest, 21 June –  CEETV and NATPE are proud to announce the three finalists for the third edition of PITCH & PLAY LIVE! which will take place during the NATPE BUDAPEST INTERNATIONAL market and conference between 25-28 June 2018.

Following a very close pre-selection vote, the three finalists this year are: THE COMMUNITY (Pink, Serbia) – a format in which contestants deal with real issues and everyday situations; IN THE DARK (LNK, Lithuania) – in which seven sighted people are selected to tackle an extreme challenge – to survive ten weeks in complete darkness; and TWINS (Pyatnitsa, Russia) – where each episode tells the story of one pair of twins who decide to change their look and become different.

The three finalist formats will be presented live by their creators in Budapest during the PITCH & PLAY LIVE! session on Wednesday, 27 June. The jury, consisting of Manuella Caputi, Head of International Sales, Mediaset; Marietta Temesvari, Development and Content Strategist, Sony Pictures Television and Kateryna Vyshnevska, Head of Development & Co-production, FILM.UA will review the top finalists and vote for one winner of the competition which will be announced in front of NATPE Budapest International attendees.

This year PITCH & PLAY LIVE’s Top 3 formats were selected from among 14 formats from Lithuania, Serbia, Hungary, Ukraine, Russia and Turkey, following the vote of the selection committee which included Damien Porte, VP International Sales, Vivendi Entertainment; Nelly Feld, Head of Sales, Acquisitions and International Relations, Reshet TV; Andrew Sime, VP of Formats, Banijay Rights; 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). The selection committee members reviewed each of the 14 formats 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://www.pitchplay.tv

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.

Press Contacts:

Debbie Lawrence
The Lippin Group/London 
dlawrence@lippingroup.com
+44 203 008 5406

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kevin@lippingroup.com
megan@lippingroup.com

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NATPE Budapest Interntational Confirms an Increase in Buyer Numbers and Launched Programming Details

Budapest/Los Angeles, 24 May – NATPE, the premier global business association for content producers, distributors and buyers across all platforms, has seen a steady rise in the number of buyers planning to attend its forthcoming NATPE BUDAPEST INTERNATIONAL marketplace and conference at the Intercontinental Hotel (25 – 28 June), it was announced today by JP Bommel, President & CEO, NATPE.
Buyer and acquisition executive registrations are currently outpacing 2017. NATPE Connect – the bespoke concierge service where buyers and sellers can organise meetings ahead of time – is already seeing an unprecedented number of pre-arranged connections in Budapest with just four weeks before the market kicks-off. A number of Screenings from the major studios and global distributors are also lined-up with CBS, NBCUniversal, KOCCA, Warner Bros. and STUDIOCANAL showcasing new content which has only just debuted at the May Screenings in Los Angeles.

A robust schedule of business intelligence sessions has been carefully curated by NATPE, with industry experts from all parts of the content business converging to discuss topics such as International Drama Production: Maximising Cross-Regional Partnerships, New Opportunities and New Audiences in MENA, A World of Formats: Distribution Insights and Strategies, All The World’s a Stream: Game Changing OTT Platforms, and an in-depth look at The Current Advantages of Latin America. The first session on Monday evening (25 June) will kick off the 2018 event with a Global Content Business Forum, designed to provide buyers and sellers with an overview of the latest international trends and data at the start of the market.

The third edition of the popular PITCH & PLAY LIVE!, which highlights original format ideas with international potential from the CEE and MENA regions, will take place on Thursday 28 June. Entries which have been received from Lithuania, Serbia, Hungary, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and Romania will be evaluated and reviewed by a pre-selection committee of international industry executives. Damien Porte, VP International Sales, Vivendi Entertainment; Nelly Feld, Head of Sales, Acquisitions and International Relations, Reshet TV and Andrew Sime, VP of Formats, Banijay Rights will pick three finalists. This trio of top format ideas will be presented live by their creators in a special session at NATPE BUDAPEST INTERNATIONAL. A jury of highly respected TV professionals will then vote and proclaim one format the winner of PITCH & PLAY LIVE!

JP Bommel commented, “NATPE BUDAPEST INTERNATIONAL continues to grow and build on its extremely solid foundations. It remains the pre-eminent content marketplace for CEE and by extending our remit to include EMEA we have been able to encourage even more of our clients to attend making it a truly international event. NATPE BUDAPEST INTERNATIONAL has always offered a robust learning and networking opportunity with a series of specially devised and relevant sessions alongside screenings, receptions and parties which unite the content and platform communities in one place in the centre of Europe.”

For more information about NATPE BUDAPEST INTERNATIONAL please go to: https://www.natpe.com/budapest/

About NATPE
Celebrating over 55 years of service to the ever-evolving global content 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.

Press Contacts:

Debbie Lawrence
The Lippin Group/London 
dlawrence@lippingroup.com
+44 203 008 5406

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The Lippin Group/LA
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megan@lippingroup.com

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LA Screenings Independents Announces Programming Lineup for 2018 Showcase In Association With NATPE

Exhibition and Hotel Rooms Sold Out for May 15-18 Event at The Continental Hotel Kicking Off with Opening Night Party from Olympusat

LOS ANGELES, CA, May 2, 2018 – LA Screenings Independents announced today their official programming for their 2018 showcase, which will place up-and-coming, independently-produced television in front of industry leaders and global buyers looking for fresh, bold content.  At the core of this year’s programming will be the “LatAm Summit and Networking Breakfast” on Wednesday, May 16 presented by Olympusat.  Sessions will include a presentation by Dan Punt, Managing Director, FTI Consulting on the adoption of mobile content consumption by LatAm market millennials and a session from Olympusat, CEO, Tom Mohler on Hispanic scripted drama. Another highlight of this year’s LA Screenings event will be the Opening Night Party, sponsored by Olympusat and featuring a performance by Chyno Miranda on Tuesday, May 15.

LA Screenings Independents is the first showcase to spring out of the organization’s newly formed partnership with NATPE. This exciting collaboration is marked by an expected record-breaking attendance for the event, which has, for the first time, sold out both exhibition and all hotel rooms at The Intercontinental Hotel.

“We’re proud of the enormous growth LA Screenings Independents has experienced this year, and record-breaking sales are just further proof of the growing demand for quality, independently-produced television,” said LASI President Isabella Marquez. “It’s quite clear that if you’re headed to Los Angeles this summer for the annual screenings, this is a can’t-miss event.”

JP Bommel, President and CEO, NATPE added, “The amazing reception to this year’s exhibition couldn’t be more exciting. The goal of this joint endeavor is to find the perfect homes for the best in independent content, and the synergy of NATPE and LA Screenings will surely deliver on that.”

For more information, please visit www.lascreenings.org.

About LA Screenings
The LA SCREENINGS, annually held in May in Los Angeles after the NY Upfronts, is an international television market currently being held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Century City.  It attracts over 1,000 top level television content buyers from all over the world who travel the globe to Los Angeles to screen their content from independent companies to major studios.  This event takes place days before the studios present their U.S. TV networks upcoming lineup.

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 Renames as NATPE Budapest International

Launches Third Annual Pitch & Play Live! Extending the Competition to EMEA Producers

Los Angeles/Budapest, 8 March – NATPE Budapest is re-naming as NATPE BUDAPEST INTERNATIONAL in order to reflect the Global TV Market and Conference’s extended focus beyond CEE to the EMEA and worldwide content business.

NATPE BUDAPEST INTERNATIONAL will include a robust content marketplace, top-level studio screenings and business-focused conference sessions, and will take place at the InterContinental Hotel from 25 – 28 June 2018.

Reflective of the change, it’s annual PITCH & PLAY LIVE! event, co-hosted with CEETV the leading media platform for regional TV intelligence, will extend its entry criteria to include innovative independent producers* from the wider EMEA region.  

The goal of PITCH & PLAY LIVE!, now in its third year, is to showcase and recognize original format ideas with international potential. Any non-scripted format created after June 1, 2017 can be submitted for consideration in the competition. From all entries, up to ten titles will be selected and reviewed by an international committee of global content industry professionals, who will select three finalists. The top three formats will be presented at a dedicated session by their creators in front of a jury of highly respected TV professionals during NATPE BUDAPEST INTERNATIONAL.  After deliberation by the jury one format will be named the winner of PITCH & PLAY LIVE!

CEE and EMEA producers who wish to take part in the showcase will be offered a special discounted registration fee of €100 ($125) to the NATPE BUDAPEST INTERNATIONAL event in its entirety, providing complete access to the entire marketplace and conference. Participation/registration fees will be facilitated by NATPE (see links below for more information). 
In addition to media exposure, the winning format owner will receive complementary registration and accommodation for NATPE MIAMI 2019, as well as a series of development meetings with leading distributors in attendance.

NATPE President and CEO JP Bommel comments, “NATPE is about bringing people together to learn from one another – the more we engage and find common ground, the better we are able to navigate the evolving TV ecosystem. CEE is burgeoning with innovation and vibrancy, but as the world becomes a smaller place, we need to capitalise on the wider, growing talent pool present in the EMEA region. Last year’s Pitch & Play Live! event was a huge success, with the added bonus of a significantly reduced registration fee we look forward to seeing some even more creative, culturally and geographically diverse format ideas in 2018.”  

Submissions must include a one-page description of the format in English, a trailer of three minutes or less and at least one full episode, both with English subtitles. The deadline for submissions is 1 May 2018.
*To qualify for registration as a “producer” at NATPE BUDAPEST INTERNATIONAL, you must be a creator/producer with original content that has only been distributed/broadcast in a single regional market. The conference will vet all producer registrations for approval; entities that are distributors or exhibitors are not eligible for the producer’s registration rate.

To register as a producer for NATPE BUDAPEST INTERNATIONAL and participate in Pitch & Play Live! please go to: https://www.natpe.com/budapest/register

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

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.

Press Contacts:

Debbie Lawrence
The Lippin Group/London 
dlawrence@lippingroup.com
+44 203 008 5406

Kevin Broderick/Megan Levy
The Lippin Group/LA
kevin@lippingroup.com
megan@lippingroup.com

323.965.1990

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ABC Chief Legal Analyst and “Live PD” Host Dan Abrams to Host 2018 Unscripted Breakthrough Awards at NATPE Miami

A Conversation between Facebook Head of Market Development Matt Jacobson and Lionsgate Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs Leads Roster of Newly Announced Entertainment Industry Panels

Lionsgate Television Group President Sandra Stern Added to “Old Guard vs. New Guard” Streaming Panel 

Highly Anticipated New Open Development Session and Unscripted Breakfast Session Among Additional Elements Slated for Yearly Confab

LOS ANGELES, January 4, 2018 – The host of the 4th Annual Unscripted Breakthrough Awards at this year’s NATPE MIAMI Marketplace and Conference will be Dan Abrams, chief legal analyst for ABC News and host of Big Fish Entertainment’s hit series Live PD on A&E. The announcement was made by the organization’s President and CEO, JP Bommel. Additional programming for the conference, which will take place from January 16-18, 2018 at the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc Miami Beach Resorts, was also revealed including a headlining conversation between Lionsgate Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs and Facebook Head of Market Development Matt Jacobson.

The NATPE Unscripted Breakthrough Awards are designed to honor programs and celebrate people that broke through the clutter in the preceding year, as well as becoming part of the cultural conversation and generally altering the expectations of what constitutes a reality program. Hosted by Dan Abrams (A&E’s Live PD), the winners will be announced at a special luncheon ceremony on Tuesday, January 16th during the NATPE MIAMI conference. 

Leading the programming highlights made public today will be a conversation between Lionsgate’s Kevin Beggs and Facebook’s Matt Jacobson on How A Listening Culture Can Help Businesses Drive Results and Recruit Talent.

Another brand-new concept for NATPE Miami will be the Open Development Session, co-curated by Dan Goodman of Believe Entertainment Group. Three projects will be presented on stage by their creators with a short talk and screening followed by a live discussion by a team of experts representing all sides of the development process. The panel of experts to convene include Mina Lefevre, Head of Development, Facebook; Caitlin McGinty, SVP, Head of Programing and Development, The Story Lab, Dentsu Aegis; Jeff Grossman, SVP, Digital Content, CBS Interactive; and Ivana Kirkbride, Chief Content Officer, Verizon go90. 

The new Unscripted Breakfast: Insights and Discussion will help close out NATPE MIAMI. The Thursday morning breakfast will be hosted by Lizza Morales, CEO of Xoxo, Lizza Inc. and will open with a Keynote conversation between Jennifer O’Connell, EVP, Alternative Programming, Lionsgate and Hans Schiff from CAA. The powerhouse morning session will have two more panels – one on the partnership between talent and producers and the other on how unscripted industry leaders drive revenues and explore new models in our ever-shifting unscripted television landscape.

Among other new programming developments, which are now available for review through NATPE Miami’s Schedule At-A-Glance, Sandra Stern, President, Lionsgate Television Group, has joined the “Old Guard vs. New Guard” panel during the first ever NATPE Streaming Summit. The panel, moderated by Mark Greenberg, President, MSGCI, also welcomes Jordan Levin, CEO, Awesomeness; Herb Scannell, CEO, Mitu; and Jay Levine, EVP, Warner Bros. Digital Networks.

The three-day NATPE MIAMI Marketplace & Conference Agenda-At-A-Glance and more information on NATPE, including registration for the event, can be found at www.natpe.com. Select panels from Ocean Tower Salon 1B/C will be livestreamed via Facebook Live.  ‘Like’ the NATPE Facebook page to keep updated on livestream times.

About NATPE 
Celebrating 55 years of service to the ever-evolving global television industry, NATPE inspires the growth and success of content development, creation, production, financing and distribution across all platforms through interdependent marketplaces where industry powers gather to offer insight and make deals. NATPE is the largest U.S. based global content association and a leader in developing international markets and conferences for the entire spectrum of the dynamic content business. For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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A Discussion with Leading Wall Street Experts on the Future of the Media Industry to Open NATPE Conference

Maria Menounos to Host the 15th Annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards 

Finalists for the NATPE Unscripted Breakthrough Awards Revealed

LOS ANGELES, December 19, 2017 – The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) revealed additional conference details today, including a session with top Wall Street analysts on the future of the media industry, a conversation with the producers of Dear White People on what it takes to make a hit show in the current marketplace, the Tartikoff Legacy Awards host, finalists for the Unscripted Breakthrough Awards, and additional information. The upcoming NATPE MIAMI Marketplace and Conference takes place from January 16-18, 2018 at the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc Miami Beach Resorts. 

The announcement was made by JP Bommel, President and CEO of NATPE, who added, “This year’s conference is loaded with speakers and topics which are shaping today’s ecosystem to stay ahead of this changing industry. We have created enhanced networking opportunities and built a marketplace which is driven by opportunities to solidify deals through concrete takeaways.”

The prominent financial experts joining View from the Street: How Investors Interpret Change in the Media Industry will be led by the Head of Lionsgate Investor Relations James Marsh, and will include: Managing Director and Head of Media Research at Morgan Stanley Benjamin Swinburne; Managing Director at J.P. Morgan Alexia Quadrani; Partner and Media Analyst at MoffettNathanson Michael Nathanson; and Cable, Satellite & Entertainment Equity Research Analyst at Macquarie Amy Yong.

Another highlight will be Dear White People: A Deep Dive, a high-level case study on the critically-acclaimed Lionsgate-produced and Netflix-distributed Dear White People. The panel will consist of Chris Selak, EVP and Head of Worldwide Scripted Television, Lionsgate, Justin Simien, Creator and Executive Producer, Yvette Lee Bowser, Executive Producer and Showrunner, and will be moderated by Mike Schneider, Executive Editor at IndieWire. Join the team behind one of the best shows on Netflix which received a rare 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

NATPE MIAMI will also present a mega-session on international production featuring Rola Bauer, Managing Director, Studiocanal TV, Jane Turton, CEO, All3Media, and Özge Bulut Maraşli, CEO, Kanal D, with more to be announced.

Journalist, SiriusXM Host and Emmy Award winner Maria Menounos will host the 15th Annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards on Wednesday, January 17 at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach, Florida. The previously announced Tartikoff Award recipients are Greg Berlanti, Cesar Conde, Jane Fonda, Kevin Reilly and Tom Selleck. 

Additional NATPE MIAMI programming will include:

  • A discussion with cultural icon and 2018 Legacy Award recipient, Jane Fonda, who has had a long and illustrious career across all screens and consistently raised the level of conversation around women’s initiatives, while at the same time setting the standard for entrepreneurial and artistic excellence;
  • As part of NATPE MIAMI’s Streaming Summit, the conference will feature a summit keynote address from Mark Greenberg, President, MSGCI; visionary insight fromShahid Khan, Managing Partner of the Meridian Advisory Group, on the era of “Peak TV”; and a high-level executive conversation with Mark Greenberg, AwesomenessTV CEO, Jordan Levin, and Herb Scannell, CEO, MiTú;  
  • Adriana Cisneros, CEO of Cisneros will join Parrot Analytics CEO Wared Seger, and Parrot Analytics Board Director Bruce Tuchman for a special presentation on audience demand measurement in the Latin American market;
  • The Opening Night Party, with Title Sponsor Kanal D and Premiere Sponsors Olympusat and Signal Media’s Moolt and My Planet Networks, will host a live performance by Elvis Crespo;
  • Olympusat President and CEO Tom Mohler will deliver a Global Keynote on the closing day of NATPE MIAMI.

The NATPE Unscripted Breakthrough Awards are designed to honor programs and celebrate people that broke through the clutter in the preceding year, as well as becoming part of the cultural conversation and generally altering the expectations of what constitutes a reality program. The winners will be announced during a special luncheon ceremony on Tuesday, January 16th during the NATPE MIAMI conference.

More information on NATPE, including registration for NATPE MIAMI, can be found at www.natpe.com. For the NATPE MIAMI Agenda-at-Glance, please visit: https://www.natpe.com/images/agenda/agendaGlance.pdf

About NATPE
Celebrating 55 years of service to the ever-evolving global television industry, NATPE inspires the growth and success of content development, creation, production, financing and distribution across all platforms through interdependent marketplaces where industry powers gather to offer insight and make deals. NATPE is the largest U.S. based global content association and a leader in developing international markets and conferences for the entire spectrum of the dynamic content business. For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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Press Contacts:Kevin Broderick/Megan Levy
The Lippin Group/LA
natpe@lippingroup.com
323.965.1990

  Debbie Lawrence
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Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra and Acclaimed Journalist Soledad O’Brien in Keynote Conversation to Headline 2018 NATPE Miami Conference

Strong Presence from International and Independent Production Communities has Annual Marketplace and Conference Pacing Well Ahead of Last Year; New Streaming Summit Created

LOS ANGELES, November 8, 2017 – The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) has selected Tony Vinciquerra, Chairman and CEO, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and host of Hearst Television’s acclaimed political magazine show Matter of Fact, Soledad O’Brien, to headline NATPE Miami with a keynote conversation on Wednesday, January 17, it was announced today by JP Bommel, President and CEO of NATPE. The focus of the conversation will be in keeping with NATPE’s overall theme for the conference – A Changing Industry in a Changing World. The annual marketplace and conference will take place from January 16-18, 2018 at the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc Miami Beach Resorts.

Registration for the yearly summit in Miami Beach is pacing well ahead of last year with independent producers and international exhibitors accounting for the increase to date. NATPE will bring together the vibrant independent production community from around the world. This year PactUK, with its powerful stable of production companies, will join the ranks of participants. They will exhibit alongside additional international pavilions, which are seeing new exhibitors join their umbrellas. Pavilions being represented are from China (organized by Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation International), France (organized by TV France International), Spain (organized by ICEX), Korea (organized by KOCCA), Brazil (organized by BRAVI) and Argentina (organized by Argentina Audiovisual). 

Joining the programming lineup for the first time this year will be the NATPE Streaming Summit, which will take a holistic look at the current OTT and streaming landscape and its outlook for the future. Facebook’s Head of Global and Creative Strategy, Ricky Van Veen, will be lending his voice to the OTT conversation during NATPE Miami at a session breaking down what is in store for Facebook Watch, their new content platform. The programming throughout the Platforms & OTT track will mirror the mission laid out by the recently formed NATPE NXTGN Advisory Board to help the industry navigate emerging media.

“NATPE has been at the forefront of new developments in the global entertainment industry,” Mr. Bommel remarked. “This year will focus on the future and the changing dynamics of our business around the world and how to prepare and take advantage of the changes.”

Other highlights from the Conference include a planned spotlight conversation with Roma Khanna who was recently named CEO, Revolt TV, as well as multiple sessions covering the topics of diversity, inclusion and empowerment. Panels include one on how innovative creators are engaging the LGBTQ community across multiple platforms and another on the business of inclusivity.

The Station Group Forum will return and cover topics such as how ATSC 3.0 will change the business of broadcasting. An additional session titled OTT and Me: A Station Group Research Report, presented by PromaxBDA is also confirmed for January.

The nine tracks for this year’s Conference include Brands & Advertisers, Music+Vision, Development, Deals & Data, Platforms & OTT, Scripted, Unscripted, Station Groups, Global and Latin America.

A full robust group from independents to major studios, networks and broadcast stations will be exhibiting during NATPE Miami.

Additional details on the three-day NATPE MIAMI Marketplace & Conference will be released soon. More information on NATPE, including registration for the event, can be found at www.natpe.com

About NATPE 
Celebrating 55 years of service to the ever-evolving global television industry, NATPE inspires the growth and success of content development, creation, production, financing and distribution across all platforms through interdependent marketplaces where industry powers gather to offer insight and make deals. NATPE is the largest U.S. based global content association and a leader in developing international markets and conferences for the entire spectrum of the dynamic content business. For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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NATPE Adds Netflix VP Original Content Cindy Holland, Facebook Head of Development Mina Lefevre, Universal Television President Pearlena Igbokwe and CBS SVP Alternative Programming Sharon Vuong to Its Board

Organization Dedicated to Helping the Industry Navigate Content Also Forms NXTGN Advisory Board, Made up of Top Executives Focused on Emerging Media and New Business Models

LOS ANGELES, October 26, 2017 – The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) today announced the election of Netflix Vice President, Original Content Cindy Holland, Universal Television President, Pearlena Igbokwe, Facebook Head of Development Mina Lefevre, and CBS Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming, Sharon Vuong to its Board, effective immediately. This was jointly announced 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 two years.

Representing broadcast and digital streaming services of the business, these new Board members round out an already robust group of content industry executives to position NATPE for continued evolution. With four new members representing broadcast/networks and OTT/platforms, these categories are now the second largest groups of representation on the Board.

Cindy Holland is the VP for Original Content at Netflix where she is responsible for acquiring and launching original series for the over 109 million users. Pearlena Igbokwe was named President, Universal Television in June 2016 and oversees creative programming for one of the country’s largest and most successful production companies. Mina Lefevre is currently Head of Development & Programming for Facebook’s original content initiative. She oversees the development and production of scripted and unscripted shows for Watch on Facebook. Sharon Vuong is the Senior Vice President of Alternative Programming at CBS Entertainment. Vuong oversees development of new alternative programs, including reality series, game shows and other non-scripted programming.

“We are delighted to welcome such a diverse group of leaders who are helping to redefine today’s changing television landscape. At NATPE, we strive to represent the future of the industry and are gratified that our board is comprised of executives at the center of these evolutionary shifts,” said Andy Kaplan, Chairman of the Board, NATPE and President, Sony Pictures Television Networks.

NATPE also announced the formation of a new NXTGN (Next Gen) Advisory Board, populated by a group of top executives across digital media with the mission to identify new trends in the media and entertainment content industry. 

The NXTGN Advisory Board will be year-round through events, meetings and educational opportunities, leading a dialogue with content creators, brands, advertisers, distributors and buyers. It will focus on the emergence of new platforms and business models in TV, OTT, digital, mobile, gaming, AR, VR and AI. “Our goal at NATPE is to be at the forefront of our constantly evolving business, lead content ecosystem dialogue, and create marketplace evolution that breeds new business opportunities. The mission of the NATPE NXTGN Advisory Board is to impact the business and creative communities, help navigate content across all platforms in creation, distribution and acquisition,” said JP Bommel, President and CEO, NATPE. “Creating an excellent resource like NXTGN Advisory Board is just one piece of the puzzle and we are excited to reveal more plans.” 

Inaugural NATPE NXTGN Advisory Board Members:

Eric Berger, EVP, Digital, Sony Pictures Television Networks & GM, Crackle
Nick Buzzell, CEO, NBTV Studios (Chair)
Susan Brooks, Founder & Owner, Forefront Media Strategies
Dan Donahue, COO, All3Media America
Peter Levin, President – Interactive Ventures, Games & Digital Strategy, Lionsgate
Jay Levine, EVP, Warner Bros. Digital Networks
Peter Naylor, SVP Advertising Sales, Hulu
Kate Robinson, SVP Business Development, Bustle
Vivian Yin, CEO, FremantleMedia China

Additional details on upcoming events, including the three-day NATPE MIAMI Marketplace & Conference from January 16-18, 2018 will be released soon. NATPE BUDAPEST, one of the largest marketplaces in central Europe, takes place June 25-28, 2018 at the Intercontinental Budapest. More information on the organization including registration for both events can be found at www.natpe.com

About NATPE 
Celebrating 55 years of service to the ever-evolving global television industry, NATPE inspires the growth and success of content development, creation, production, financing and distribution across all platforms through interdependent marketplaces where industry powers gather to offer insight and make deals. NATPE is the largest U.S. based global content association and a leader in developing international markets and conferences for the entire spectrum of the dynamic content business. For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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15th Annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award to Honor Greg Berlanti, Cesar Conde, Jane Fonda, Kevin Reilly and Tom Selleck

NATPE 2018 Set for January 16-18 Under The Theme “A Changing Industry In A Changing World”

LOS ANGELES, September 7 – The recipients of NATPE’s 15th Annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award are prolific executive producer Greg Berlanti (Arrow, Flash), Telemundo and NBCUniversal International chairman Cesar Conde, award-winning actress Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie), TBS and TNT president Kevin Reilly and award-winning actor Tom Selleck (Blue Bloods). They will receive the prestigious award at a special reception on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award is presented each year during the annual NATPE Miami Market and Conference, which will next take place under the new theme “A Changing Industry in a Changing World” from January 16 to 18, 2018, at the Fontainebleau & Eden Roc hotels in Miami Beach, Florida.

At NATPE, top creatives and executives from across production, advertising, distribution, music and more gather for three full days of high-level deal-making, networking, parties and meetups. They will also experience a top-level conference programming lineup of workshops and panels with many of the industry’s most prominent and insightful executives.  As the first content-driven show of the year, and a must-attend event for content distributors and platforms, NATPE is committed to setting the tone for industry marketplaces all year by showcasing what is happening not just in the present, but also what can be anticipated for the future.

“Each of the Tartikoff honorees is a leader in their field and a legend in the industry. We are thrilled to celebrate the substantial achievements of Greg Berlanti, Cesar Conde, Jane Fonda, Kevin Reilly and Tom Selleck at this year’s event in Miami,” said Andy Kaplan, President of Sony Pictures Television Networks and Chairman of the Board of NATPE.

The 2018 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.  

“These five extraordinary individuals have had such distinct, significant impacts on the entertainment industry,” says Lilly Tartikoff. “In choosing to honor those with careers defined by the same zeal and dedication that Brandon held dear, this event continues to be one that he would have found so meaningful. I am honored to congratulate each of these brilliant recipients of the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award.”

Greg Berlanti is a WGA, DGA and Golden Globe-nominated writer, director and producer credited with being the force behind some of the most inventive and acclaimed works on television. He currently serves as executive producer and writer of Riverdale, based on the beloved Archie comics, and executive producer and co-creator of The CW’s Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, collectively known as The CW’s Arrowverse.  He also serves as an executive producer on Blindspot starring Jaimie Alexander. Upcoming television projects via his Berlanti Productions banner include Lifetime’s straight-to-series thriller You, The CW’s Black Lightning, the live-action version of DC Entertainment’s Titans, and ABC’s new series Deception. Previous to these roles, he served as the writer, director and producer behind several of the most creative and lauded television series, including Brothers & Sisters, Eli Stone (for which he was nominated for a WGA award), Dirty, Sexy, Money, the mini-¬series Political Animals (for which he was nominated for a WGA, DGA and Golden Globe award), The Tomorrow People and The Mysteries of Laura. Berlanti started in television as a writer and executive producer on Dawson’s Creek before creating and executive producing two of the WB’s most critically acclaimed dramas: Everwood and Jack & Bobby. Outside of TV, Berlanti made his film directorial debut in 2000 with The Broken Hearts Club. Berlanti also co¬-wrote and produced the Warner Bros. action film Green Lantern starring Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively and Peter Sarsgaard, and directed Life As We Know It starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel, which grossed over $100m worldwide. Most recently, Berlanti wrapped production on Fox 2000’s adaptation of acclaimed YA novel Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda which is set to release in March of 2018.  

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Cesar Conde is Chairman of NBCUniversal International Group and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises and serves on the Executive Committee of NBCUniversal. As Chairman, Conde is responsible for the operations and international expansion of NBCUniversal businesses outside of North America. Conde also oversees NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, a premier and fast-growing portfolio of media properties serving Hispanics in the U.S. Under Conde’s leadership, Telemundo hit a historic milestone in 2016, by ranking as the #1 Spanish-language network. Conde was also the driving force behind the launch of “El Poder En Ti,” NBCU Telemundo Enterprises’ award-winning community platform. He currently sits on the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education and the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Conde joined NBCUniversal in October 2013 as Executive Vice President of NBCUniversal where he oversaw NBCU International and NBCU Digital Enterprises. Prior to NBCUniversal, Conde was the President of Univision Networks, where he is credited for transforming it into a leading global, multi-platform media brand. Under his leadership, Univision’s main broadcast network became the number one network in America regardless of language for the first time in the company’s 50-year history. 

Jane Fonda is a two-time Academy Award winner (Best Actress in 1971 for Klute and in 1978 for Coming Home), a seven-time Golden Globe winner, the 2014 recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award and, at the time in 2007, the third person to ever receive an Honorary Palme d’Or from the Cannes Film Festival. She revolutionized the fitness industry with the release of Jane Fonda’s Workout (1982) – still the top grossing home video of all time – and went on to create 23 home exercise videos, 13 audio recordings, and seven bestselling books, which have sold 17 million copies all together. She secured starring roles in dozens of highly acclaimed productions, in addition to taking on responsibilities as a film and television producer, with credits include Coming Home, The China Syndrome, Nine to Five, Rollover, On Golden Pond, The Morning After and The Dollmaker. For three seasons Fonda appeared as media mogul Leona Lansing in an Emmy-nominated performance in Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom on HBO. Most recently, she appeared in Youth, written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino (director and co-writer of Italy’s Academy Award® winning Best Foreign Language Film The Great Beauty). She received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance. Fonda currently stars in Netflix’s hit series, Grace and Frankie, which premiered its third season in March 2017 and for which she received a 2017 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Her new film, Our Souls at Night, co-starring Robert Redford, will premiere on Netflix in September 2017. She received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 74th Venice Film Festival alongside Redford in September. 

Kevin Reilly is the President of TNT and TBS and the Chief Creative Officer for Turner Entertainment, overseeing industry-leading properties including TBS, TNT and Super Deluxe. Before joining Turner, he served as head of entertainment for FOX (2007-2014), president of entertainment at NBC (2004-2007) and president of entertainment at FX (2000-2003). Widely cited as an industry innovator, Reilly was among the first television executives to make meaningful investments in digital and social media content and push for multiplatform ratings measurement, and has championed some of the most culturally-influential programs in television history, including Empire, The Office, 30 Rock, Friday Night Lights, The Sopranos, The Shield, Nip/Tuck, ER, Law & Order and Glee. Since joining Turner in November 2014, Reilly has aggressively led major brand evolutions for TBS and TNT by creating distinctive, original comedies and late-night shows – such as Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, The Guest Book and Search Party – with TNT rolling out premium, buzz-worthy dramas such as Animal Kingdom, Claws and Good Behavior. He also spearheads new businesses for Turner’s growing portfolio, which includes fast-growing start up Super Deluxe, a digital and television studio and distribution company, and ELEAGUE, the first major foray into professional eSports by a traditional media company. Additionally, Reilly serves on the Board of Trustees for the American Film Institute and the Television Academy, and the advisory board for the Peabody Awards.

Tom Selleck has been a prolific figure in Hollywood for almost 50 years, including his breakout role as the eponymous star of eighties television hit Magnum P.I., which garnered him both an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for ‘Best Actor in a Drama Series,’ as well as four People’s Choice Awards, four Emmy nominations and six Golden Globe nominations. He currently stars in the CBS hit series Blue Bloods, which will debut its eighth season this fall. Other notable television credits include a nine-episode run on Friends (2001) – which earned him an Emmy nomination for ‘Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series – in addition to ’CBS’s Twelve Mile Road (2003), The Closer (1998) and Shadow Riders (1982); ABC’s Divorce Wars (1982); Showtime’s Ruby Jean and Joe (1996); TNT’s Broken Trust (1995) and Last Stand at Saber River (1997); NBC’s Returning Home (1975); and Turner Film’s Running Mates (2000). Selleck has seen success on the big screen as well, including romantic comedies Three Men and a Baby, the People’s Choice winner for ‘Favorite Comedy Motion Picture’ in 1988, and In & Out. Aside from his acting successes, Selleck has also become prolific behind-the-scenes.  In addition to co-writing several installments of the Emmy Award-nominated Jesse Stone movie-of-the-week franchise – which earned him an Emmy nomination for ‘Outstanding Lead Actor in A Miniseries Or A Movie’ – his notable producing credits include: The Closer (2001), Louis L’Amour’s Crossfire Trail (2001), Last Stand at Saber River (1997), Ruby Jean and Joe (1996), Revealing Evidence (1990) and the last two seasons of Magnum P.I. 

Event tickets are available for $190 per ticket and $2,200 for a table, with proceeds benefitting the NATPE Educational Foundation, and can be purchased online at https://www.natpe.com/market/register.

For questions on conference programming, please contact Dann Novak: dnovak@natpe.com.
More information on registration can be found at www.natpe.com.

About NATPE
Celebrating 55 years of service to the ever-evolving global television industry, NATPE inspires the growth and success of content development, creation, production, financing and distribution across all platforms through interdependent marketplaces where industry powers gather to offer insight and make deals. NATPE is the leader in developing international markets and conferences for the entire spectrum of the dynamic content business. For more information, please visit www.natpe.com

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NATPE Budapest Introduces New Business Initiatives In 2017

NBCUniversal, MGM, Twentieth Century Fox, Lionsgate, CBS and Warner Bros. Offer Screenings

Los Angeles, 16 May –  JP Bommel, President & CEO of NATPE announced today the launch of several new initiatives for the forthcoming NATPE Budapest Global TV Market and Conference, taking place at the Intercontinental Hotel in Budapest from June 19-22.  

In addition to the robust conference program featuring “Success in Co-Productions: Maximizing Your Regional and International Business Partnerships” and “A World of Formats: Insights and Strategies for Global Distribution”, the premier global content and membership organization will introduce an expanded networking service, targeted buyers’ sessions and a regional producers’ summit all designed to foster new business and stimulate creative discussions and partnerships. NBCUniversal, MGM, Twentieth Century Fox TV Distribution, Lionsgate, CBS and Warner Bros. will offer CEE acquisition executives new content, fresh from the LA Screenings; and the popular Pitch and Play is back for a second edition.

150 companies from broadcasters, cable, satellite and pay-tv services, and digital networks across 70 countries are set to attend, and buyers’ participation is already outpacing last year, with more than 415 confirmed to-date. To facilitate buyer and seller introductions, NATPE is launching MyNATPE – the  organization’s proprietary, intuitive match-making networking platform.

Also set to debut at the conference are key “Business Intelligence”’ sessions – “Opening the Window on CEE” and “CEE Market Overview: Regional Breakout Hits, Trends and Data” – outlining CEE buyers’ programming needs and unveiling current trends from across the region.  These invaluable presentations will take place on Monday June 19, ahead of the opening of the market floor which takes place June 20.  

JP Bommel commented, “We are very excited to build on our successful return to Budapest and have the opportunity to not only showcase fresh content from around the world, but also highlight the incredibly powerful content from the CEE region. NATPE is proud to offer new initiatives designed to ensure delegates get the most from the event – from setting the scene with our opening Business Intelligence sessions to offering local producers the chance to discover more about the international market. NATPE Budapest is also a fantastic opportunity for networking with focused sessions and a number of parties, bringing the content and platform communities together at the epicenter of the CEE region.”

Featured Sessions include:

OPENING THE WINDOW ON CEE
This panel will consider the process of windowing content around the world which has become increasingly complex, with new platforms and opportunities springing up continuously. What do producers and distributors need to know about buyers’ expectations, and what do buyers need to know about the distributors’ approach to selling across the various existing and new windows?  A panel of experts will discuss how the business process is evolving in the CEE region; what’s new, the key battles over rights and where success has been found.   

CEE MARKET OVERVIEW
This multi-level, interactive session will provide a comprehensive look at CEE television and content, and support regional and global business acumen. Commencing with a comprehensive review exploring the latest trends in the region, including a look at the hits of the season, the presentation will be followed by a moderated discussion among regional experts and attendees.

REGIONAL PRODUCERS’ SUMMIT
This summit, curated to engage emerging producers within the CEE region, will also take place at Budapest’s Intercontinental Hotel on 20 June.  The event will open with a “state of the union” keynote delivered by a leading and respected senior executive.  This will be followed by a panel of experts leading a discussion and audience Q&A which will focus on the challenges and opportunities for production success in the region.  A pitch feedback session will then take place, where, selected via a submission process, four project reels from local production companies will be screened. Each project, one from four distinct formats, and its creator will then receive constructive comments and questions from our expert panel and their fellow participants.  The event will conclude with an informal discussion.

PITCH & PLAY LIVE
Following the success of the inaugural edition in 2016, CEETV and NATPE will host the second edition of their format initiative PITCH & PLAY LIVE, aimed at showcasing original format ideas with international potential from the CEE region. Any non-scripted format ideas created after June 1, 2016 can take part in the competition. The deadline for submissions has been extended until May 20. Up to ten titles will be selected and reviewed by an international committee of TV industry professionals who will pick three finalists. These top three formats will be presented live by their creators in a special session on June 21, as a key event of NATPE Budapest 2017, followed by a celebratory party. A jury of highly respected TV professionals will vote for one format winner of PITCH & PLAY LIVE which will be announced at NATPE Budapest. 

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

For full details of the NATPE Budapest schedule please visit: www.natpe.com/budapest/schedule

For full details of PITCH & PLAY LIVE please email: pitch.play@ceetv.net

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NATPE To Showcase Global Content In Budapest In June 2017

Market & Conference Also Launches CEE Regional Producers’ Summit

LOS ANGELES, March 15 – NATPE announced today that during its forthcoming BUDAPEST GLOBAL TV MARKET & CONFERENCE, which will open at the InterContinental Budapest 19 – 22 June, the leading television association will host a CEE Regional Producers’ Summit.   The specifically curated event has been devised to meet the clearly identified needs of local and regional emerging producers and content creators. The summit will offer networking access to senior executives from leading international production companies and experts in sales and include the opportunity to hear success strategies, as well as a pitch feedback session with representatives from top distribution companies.

With a robust buyer turnout confirmed, this year’s event has a global focus with exhibitors from more than 60 countries already registered, including new companies attending for the first time from Germany, Turkey, China, India and Japan. NATPE Budapest will also feature dedicated screenings to showcase new programming from leading studios.  

One not-to-be-missed session for all delegates will be a comprehensive CEE Market Overview highlighting regional breakout hits, trends and data.  A panel of leading regional and global experts will focus on the hits of the season from the CEE territories and beyond.   Of special interest to local producers within CEE is PITCH & PLAY LIVE, presented by NATPE in partnership with CEETV and TVBIZZ, which aims to showcase original non-scripted format ideas with international potential.*

Other session subjects, which will incorporate high profile local and international speakers, include an up-close examination of the latest windowing techniques; a series of format case studies and an in-depth look at Indian, Turkish and Chinese programming.

JP Bommel, President and CEO of NATPE said, “We are very pleased to be back in Budapest in June to once again act as the catalyst to generating business across Central and Eastern Europe. As well as delivering a wide range of acquisitions executives and exhibitors, we are delighted to offer a carefully curated line-up of panels and speakers that we believe will benefit all our delegates. Our new initiative to engage with new producers in the CEE Regional Producers’ Summit is particularly timely as there is currently substantial growth in local production across many territories.”

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

For full details of the NATPE Budapest schedule please visit: www.natpe.com/budapest/schedule

*For full details of PITCH & PLAY LIVE please email: pitch.play@ceetv.net

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JP Bommel Named President & CEO of NATPE

Top Priorities Include Expansion of Membership and Creation of Year-Round Events

LOS ANGELES, February 28, 2017 – JP Bommel has been named NATPE’s President and CEO, effective today, according to Andy Kaplan, NATPE Chairman. Mr. Bommel previously held the position of Managing Director and COO at the association, a pioneer in the television and content industry.

“NATPE Miami 2017, the first with JP at the helm, was a huge success with compelling new tracks and record numbers of international attendees. JP has a strong track record and I’m excited to continue working with him on our shared vision for NATPE, building on its substantial reach and relevance as the industry continues to evolve around the world and across platforms,” said Andy Kaplan, Chairman of NATPE and President, Worldwide Networks at Sony Pictures Television.

The announcement comes on the heels of a successful NATPE Miami 2017 in January, which was the first under the direction of Mr. Bommel.  Among the highlights from the conference were the addition of three new programming tracks: NATPE Music, NATPE Scripted, and the NATPE Station Group Summit.

Looking toward the future, Mr. Bommel will focus his priorities on the establishment of new membership tiers, the creation of new 365-day-a-year experiences for members, and the expansion of its 2017 NATPE Budapest Market and Content Summit (June 19-22). 

Mr. Bommel has served as the managing director and chief operating officer of NATPE since August 2015. Prior to joining NATPE, he founded Barton Creek Intl., which developed global events and created strategic partnerships; served as vice president, business development, entertainment for Reed Midem from 2005-2013, where he was responsible for significant sales activity and new business development for entertainment conferences such as MIPTV/MIPCOM and MIDEM (Music); and served as vice president, global marketing for EMI/Capitol, Sony Music, and BMG. Mr. Bommel received his education in Paris and holds both U.S. and EU citizenship.

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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3rd Annual Reality Breakthrough Award Winners Announced During Special Luncheon Hosted By Bob Saget at NATPE Miami 2017

Recipients Recognized For Their Groundbreaking Content

MIAMI, FL (January 17, 2017) – NATPE, the leading global marketplace and resource of television and platform executives, revealed the winners for the 3rd Annual NATPE Reality Breakthrough Awards. The winners were announced on the first day of the annual conference at a special luncheon ceremony hosted by Bob Saget at the Fontainebleau Resort.

The NATPE Reality Breakthrough Awards are designed to honor programs and people that “broke through the clutter” in the preceding year, as well as becoming part of the cultural conversation and generally altering the expectations of what constitutes a reality program. Growing upon the 2016 NATPE Reality Breakthrough Awards, the 2017 Awards offered an additional four categories and awarded the winners in the following nine categories: Documentary, Docusoap, Factual Entertainment, Game Shows, Reality Competition, Reality Hosts, Reality Personalities, Structured Reality, and Unstructured Reality.

The 3rd Annual NATPE Reality Breakthrough Awards Winners:

Category Show
Best DOCUMENTARY O.J.: Made in America
Best DOCUSOAP Chrisley Knows Best
Best FACTUAL ENTERTAINMENT Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 
Best GAME SHOW Hollywood Game Night
Best REALITY COMPETITION The Voice
Best REALITY HOST Steve Harvey
Best REALITY PERSONALITY Blake Shelton
Best STRUCTURED REALITY Shark Tank
Best UNSTRUCTURED REALITY Hard Knocks 


The Blue Ribbon Panel of Judges:

Brett Hansen, Partner, Head of Alternative Television at United Talent Agency (UTA)

Chachi Senior, SVP, Original Programming at Spike TV

Corie Henson, EVP, Alternative Entertainment at 20th Century Fox Television Distribution

David Gross, Agent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA)

Denise Contis, EVP, Development and Production at Discovery

Eliot Goldberg, SVP of Nonfiction and Alternative Programming at AMC and SundanceTV

Jenny Groom, SVP, Alternative Programming & Development at NBCUniversal

Josh Pyatt, Partner at WME Entertainment

Lauren Gellert, EVP, Development & Original Programming at WEtv

Michael Bloom, SVP, Unscripted and Specials at TNT/TBS

Michael Kagan, Head of International Television and Media at ICM Partners

Nina Diaz, EVP and Head of Reality at VH1

Rob Mills, SVP, Alternative Series, Specials and Late Night at ABC Television Network

Rod Aissa, EVP, Original Programming and Development at Oxygen Media

Russ McCarroll, SVP, Development and Programming at History

Sean Zeid, Head of Domestic Alternative Television at Paradigm Talent Agency

Todd Christopher, Partner, Chief Strategy Officer at The Gersh Agency

More info regarding the awards can be found on the conference website at NATPE Reality.

With more than 350 global companies exhibiting and 1,100 buyers from Europe, Latin America, Asia and North America, NATPE attracts over 5,000 senior executives from every corner of the industry. This year, the NATPE Conference will have a new look and theme – “Be A Part of It” – where top creatives and executives from across production, advertising, distribution, music and more gather for the three full days of high-level deal-making, panels, networking, parties and meetups. NATPE is the first of the year content-driven show and a must-attend event for content distributors and platforms. More details on conference programming, including confirmed speakers, can be found at www.natpe.com.

About NATPE

Celebrating 54 years of service to the ever-evolving global television industry, NATPE inspires the growth and success of content development, creation, production, financing and distribution across all platforms through interdependent marketplaces where industry powers gather to offer insight and make deals. NATPE is the leader in developing international markets and conferences for the entire spectrum of the dynamic content business. For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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Broadcasting Industry Legend and NATPE Founding Member Lew Klein to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

NATPE to Begin Student Membership Tier as New Initiative of the NATPE Educational Foundation

Los Angeles, CA – January 12, 2017 – A legend of the television industry, Lew Klein, NATPE Foundation President will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by NATPE the organization he helped create over 50 years ago. The award will be presented to Mr. Klein during the annual NATPE Miami Conference and Marketplace, which takes place Jan. 17-19, 2017 at both the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc Miami Beach resorts. 

NATPE, the leading global marketplace and resource of television and platform executives also disclosed the launch of NATPE Student Membership. 

“Lew Klein is a legend in broadcasting who had the vision, compassion and relationships to found both NATPE and The NATPE Educational Foundation. It is an honor for me to present the Lifetime Achievement Award this year to Lew, who paved the way for so many in our business,” said Andy Kaplan, NATPE Chairman and President, Worldwide Networks, Sony Pictures Television. 

The world of broadcast television would be a different place without Lew Klein, who started his career in the 1950’s in the programming department of WFIL (now WPVI) in Philadelphia. From 1984 to 1993, Klein served as president of Gateway Communications Inc., which owned four CBS affiliate stations in New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. He was the executive producer of the popular dance show “American Bandstand” and of the award-winning series “Frontiers of Knowledge and College News Conference.” Following his passion for teaching a new generation about the industry, Mr. Klein has held the position of Adjunct Professor at the School of Communications at Temple University in Philadelphia for 64 years. A full biography of Mr. Klein’s storied career can be found HERE

The new Student Membership tier will provide college students nationwide access to NATPE’s resources for young professionals looking to establish a career in the broadcast and content industries. It will operate through the organization’s Educational Foundation. The NATPE Educational Foundation was founded by Mr. Klein to promote the educational activities on behalf of NATPE, including its successful internship program which provides an extension of the classroom for students. Mr. Klein currently serves as the Foundation’s President. The interns who volunteer at NATPE this year will be given a one year membership to the new tier. More details on the year-round benefits of NATPE’s Student Membership will be revealed in the coming months. 

About NATPE:
Celebrating over 54 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 Miami 2017 Pacing Well Ahead of Previous Market and Conference with Strong International Attendance

NBC News’ ‘Today’ Anchor Natalie Morales to Host The 2017 Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards; Organization Launches New Membership Tier to Bring Next Generation of Television and Platform Executives to NATPE

LOS ANGELES, December 8, 2016 – NATPE Miami 2017 is pacing well ahead of last year’s market and conference with a strong representation of international attendees according to JP Bommel, COO and Managing Director, NATPE. Also announced today were a new membership tier, NATPE Next Gen, and the host of the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards, Natalie Morales. The leading global marketplace and resource of television and platform executives will run from Jan. 17-19 at both the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc Miami Beach resorts. 

“NATPE Miami 2017 continues to be a must-attend event and is the definitive global marketplace for television and platform executives. We have an increasing number of buyers from overseas ready to meet with our international exhibitors and distributors. Our goal for 2017 is to create a unique experience for our members and attendees and offer them all of the elements that will enrich their businesses and professional careers. If a person is associated with content in any form across any platform, NATPE is the place to be.” 

Next year’s installment of the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards will be hosted by Natalie Morales, the West Coast anchor of NBC News’ TODAY and co-host of Access Hollywood and Access Hollywood Live. The awards gala will take place during the 2017 NATPE Conference and Market in Miami on January 18. The previously announced Tartikoff Award recipients are Susanne DanielsRandy FalcoEva LongoriaJosh SapanDana Walden and Gary Newman

NATPE Next Gen was created to service industry up-and-comers looking to enhance their burgeoning careers and establish strong relationships for the future. The new organization will operate under the NATPE parent umbrella and provide exclusive access to year-round programming in the form of events, summits, workshops, and screenings. NATPE Next Gen will also have a presence at the yearly NATPE Miami conference in January. 

Attendance and the expanded membership initiative are not the only places to find growth at NATPE. For the first time ever, NATPE Miami will offer a Master Class Series across all tracks featuring top names in the business giving intimate sessions set to empower and inspire conference attendees. Some of the sessions include 19 time Grammy Award-winning producer Emilio Estefan teaching a class on “How to Navigate the Music Industry”; Steve Levitan, co-creator of Modern Family, instructing conference-goers on “Comedy Writing at its Best”; and Morgan Wandel, Amazon Studios’ Head of Drama Series, leading a session on “How to Thrive in the Scripted Market.” Additional speakers and keynote sessions will be announced in the coming weeks. 

As the industry racks their brains on how to target the rapidly growing millennial demographic, NATPE is set to feature a keynote session with Jason Dorsey, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, The Center for Generational Kinetics. With best-selling books and appearances on 60 Minutes, 20/20, and TODAY on his resume, Dorsey will bring his new take on the generational lines and how we talk about them to the NATPE programing lineup. 

For more details on the conference programming, including confirmed speakers and tickets to the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards, please visit www.natpe.com

About NATPE
Celebrating over 54 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 growth and supporting the success of video content development, creation, production, financing and distribution across all platforms. For more information, please visit www.natpe.com

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14th Annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award Honorees Announced

Dana Walden, Gary Newman, Josh Sapan, Susanne Daniels, Randy Falco, and Eva Longoria to be Honored on January 18 during NATPE Miami 2017

LOS ANGELES, November 11, 2016 – NATPE’s 14th Annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award recipients are Susanne Daniels, Randy Falco, Eva Longoria, Josh Sapan, Dana Walden and Gary Newman. They will receive the prestigious award at a special reception on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

“Each of this year’s inspiring honorees shares Brandon Tartikoff’s passion and vision for excellence in television. Dana, Gary, Susanne, Randy, Eva and Josh have each earned the respect of the industry and rightly deserve to have their achievements celebrated in Miami,” said Andy Kaplan, Chairman of the Board, NATPE.

The 2017 Tartikoff Legacy Award recipients are recognized for exhibiting their extraordinary passion, leadership, independence and vision through the process of creating compelling content. 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 a high degree of excellence in their field.  The Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award is presented each year during the annual NATPE Miami Market and Conference, which will next take place from January 17 to 19, 2017 at the Fontainebleau & Eden Roc in Miami Beach, Florida.

“Susanne, Eva, Randy, Josh, Dana and Gary embody the creative brilliance and passion for the entertainment industry that Brandon held so sacred. It would have meant so much to Brandon that NATPE has insisted on keeping his memory and vision alive,” said Lilly Tartikoff. “It is my honor to congratulate these five beyond amazing recipients of the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award.” 

Dana Walden and Gary Newman are the Chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group, overseeing a consortium of media and content creation companies which includes the broadcast network Fox Broadcasting Company (FBC); the broadcast and cable production studios 20th Century Fox Television (TCFTV) and Fox 21 Television Studios; the licensing division, Fox Consumer Products; and syndication supplier of off-network programming, Twentieth Television. Their recent projects include “Empire,”  “This is Us,” “Speechless,” “The Last Man on Earth,” “Grease: Live” as well as “The X-Files.” Their upcoming projects include “Star” from Lee Daniels and a new take on the classic “24” franchise, “24: Legacy.” 

Susanne Daniels is the global head of original content for YouTube where she oversees original programming that provides subscribers with access to exclusive content through YouTube Red, featuring stars that became famous on the media platform. Current programming includes “Scare PewDiePie,” “Dance Camp,” “A Trip to Unicorn Island,” “Lazer Team” and an upcoming Lionsgate-produced series based on the “Step Up” franchise. Prior to joining YouTube, Daniels held the position of president of programming at MTV, the WB and Lifetime.

Randy Falco is president and CEO of Univision Communications Inc., overseeing a media portfolio that reaches an estimated 89 million average monthly unduplicated monthly media consumers, and includes 17 broadcast, cable and digital networks and partnerships; 126 local television and radio stations; an array of online and mobile apps and products and content creation facilities across the United States. Falco has received numerous recognitions including 10 Emmy awards for Olympics coverage, a Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame induction and a recipient of the Frank Stanton Award, the Ballet Hispanico Gala Honor, Museum of Moving Image Honor, the MALDEF Legacy Leader Award, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Board of Trustees’ Award, and the Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Champion Award, among many others. 

Josh Sapan is the president and CEO for AMC Networks Inc., overseeing television networks AMC, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, and BBC AMERICA (operated through a joint venture with BBC Worldwide); feature film labels IFC Films and Sundance Selects; and AMC Networks International, the company’s international programming and distribution division. Under Sapan’s leadership, AMC Networks has created some of the most popular, acclaimed, and awarded television series and films, including AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Preacher,” “Better Call Saul,” “Mad Men,” and “Breaking Bad”; SundanceTV’s “Rectify” and “Top of the Lake;” IFC’s “Portlandia”; and IFC Films’ “Boyhood.”  Sapan is on the Executives Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) and serves on numerous boards, including the American Film Institute, The Paley Center for Media, The Cable Center, the Museum of the Moving Image, People for the American Way and WNYC Radio.

Eva Longoria is a Golden Globe-nominated, Screen Actors Guild and ALMA Award-winning actress, director, producer and activist, and “Desperate Housewives” alum. She filmed Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx’s directorial debut film “All-Star Weekend,” and stars alongside Academy Award nominee Demian Bichir in the Lionsgate feature film “Lowriders” as well as the BBC miniseries “Decline and Fall,” with the latter two premiering Spring 2017. Additionally, Longoria is the executive producer of “Devious Maids,” Lifetime’s hit one-hour dramedy, and recently directed episodes of the Golden Globe nominated “Jane the Virgin” and Emmy Award nominated “Black-ish.” In addition to founding “The Eva Longoria Foundation,” she is also co-founder of “Eva’s Heroes” which enriches the lives of adolescents with developmental disabilities; and is the national spokesperson for “Padres Contra el Cancer,” a nonprofit committed to improving the quality of life for children with cancer. 

Event tickets are available for $190 per ticket, $2,200 for a table, benefiting the NATPE Educational Foundation.

This year, the NATPE market conference will have a new look and theme – “Be A Part of It” – where top creatives and executives from across production, advertising, distribution, music and more gather for three full days of high-level deal-making, panels, networking, parties and meetups. NATPE is the first content-driven show of the year, and a must-attend event for content distributors and platforms. 

About NATPE 
Celebrating 54 years of service to the ever-evolving global television industry, NATPE inspires the growth and success of content development, creation, production, financing and distribution across all platforms through interdependent marketplaces where industry powers gather to offer insight and make deals. NATPE is the leader in developing international markets and conferences for the entire spectrum of the dynamic content business. For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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NATPE 2017 Announces Breakthrough Awards Finalists

Breakthrough Awards Show with Four New Categories Included in the Three Full Day NATPE Reality Track

Los Angeles, November 3, 2016 – NATPE, the leading global marketplace and resource of television and platform executives, announced today the finalists and judges for the 3rd Annual NATPE Reality Breakthrough Awards. The winners will be announced during NATPE Miami 2017 at a special luncheon ceremony, and is part of the annual conference and marketplace that is held from January 17-19 at the Fontainebleau & Eden Roc in Miami Beach, Florida.

The full list of nominees in each categories are:

REALITY PERSONALITIES
Bear Grylls 
Blake Shelton
Caitlyn Jenner
Reza Farahan
Todd Chrisley
REALITY HOSTS 
Andy Cohen
Jane Lynch
Nick Cannon
RuPaul Charles
Steve Harvey
DOCUMENTARY
Chef’s Table
Making a Murderer
O.J.: Made in America
The Seventies
Weiner
STRUCTURED REALITY
Chopped
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Lip Sync Battle
Shark Tank
The Profit
Undercover Boss
DOCUSOAP 
Braxton Family Values
Chrisley Knows Best
Keeping Up with the Kardashians
The Real Housewives of New Jersey       
Vanderpump Rules
UNSTRUCTURED REALITY
60 Days In
Born This Way
Deadliest Catch
Hard Knocks
Intervention
Naked and Afraid
FACTUAL ENTERTAINMENT
Anthony Bourdain:  Parts Unknown
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Real Time with Bill Maher
Vice
REALITY COMPETITION
America’s Got Talent
American Ninja Warrior
Dancing with the Stars 
The Voice
Top Chef
GAME SHOWS
Celebrity Family Feud
Family Feud
Hollywood Game Night
Match Game
The $100,000 Pyramid

The winners for each category will be judged by an esteemed Blue Ribbon Panel of Judges. This year’s volunteer assembly of buyers, executives, agents and distributors includes top executives from: ABC, AMC and Sundance TV; CAA, Discovery Channel; History; ICM Partners; Paradigm; The Gersh Agency; NBCUniversal; Oxygen Media; Spike TV; United Talent Agency; TBS; 20th Century Fox Television Distribution; VH1; WEtv and WME Entertainment.

The full list of judges for the 2017 NATPE Reality Breakthrough Awards are:

Brett Hansen, Partner, Head of Alternative Television at United Talent Agency (UTA)
Chachi Senior, SVP, Original Programming at Spike TV
Corie Henson, EVP, Alternative Entertainment at 20th Century Fox Television Distribution
David Gross, Agent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
Denise Contis, EVP, Development and Production at Discovery
Eliot Goldberg, SVP of Nonfiction and Alternative Programming at AMC and SundanceTV
Jenny Groom, SVP, Alternative Programming & Development at NBCUniversal
Josh Pyatt, Partner at WME Entertainment
Lauren Gellert, EVP, Development & Original Programming at WEtv
Michael Bloom, SVP, Unscripted and Specials at TNT/TBS
Michael Kagan, Head of International Television and Media at ICM Partners
Nina Diaz, EVP and Head of Reality at VH1 
Rob Mills, SVP, Alternative Series, Specials and Late Night at ABC Television Network 
Rod Aissa, EVP, Original Programming and Development at Oxygen Media
Russ McCarroll, SVP, Development and Programming at History
Sean Zeid, Head of Domestic Alternative Television at Paradigm Talent Agency
Todd Christopher, Partner, Chief Strategy Officer at The Gersh Agency

More info regarding the awards can be found on the conference website at NATPE Reality

With over 350 global companies exhibiting and 1,100 buyers from Europe, Latin America, Asia and North America, NATPE attracts over 5,000 senior executives from every corner of the industry. This year, the NATPE conference will have a new look and theme – “Be A Part of It” – where top creatives and executives from across production, advertising, distribution, music and more gather for the three full days of high-level deal-making, panels, networking, parties and meetups. NATPE is the first of the year content-driven show, and a must-attend event for content distributors and platforms. More details on conference programming, including confirmed speakers, can be found at www.natpe.com.

About NATPE 
Celebrating 54 years of service to the ever-evolving global television industry, NATPE inspires the growth and success of content development, creation, production, financing and distribution across all platforms through interdependent marketplaces where industry powers gather to offer insight and make deals. NATPE is the leader in developing international markets and conferences for the entire spectrum of the dynamic content business. For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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NATPE Expands Conference to Capture the Growth of Global Content Across All Platforms

Paul Williams, Kevin Beggs and Matt Jacobson Tapped for Keynote Sessions for Three Newly Launched Initiatives

LOS ANGELES, October 31, 2016 – NATPE, the leading global marketplace and resource of television and platform executives – empowering and inspiring content creators and buyers – announced today three new initiatives: NATPE Music, NATPE Scripted and the creation of a NATPE Station Group Summit. Lionsgate’s Kevin Beggs and Facebook’s Matt Jacobson, as well as the President/Chairman of ASCAP, iconic composer Paul Williams have been tapped to deliver Keynote addresses for the new tracks. NATPE Miami will return January, 17-19 to the Fontainebleau Miami Beach and neighboring Eden Roc Resort.

Exploring the vital longstanding link between TV and music, NATPE Music will assemble A-List musicians, songwriters, publishers, producers, supervisors and executives at the forefront of the music industry to provide actionable, and invaluable insights into the places where television and music meet. This track will be headlined by Grammy-Golden Globe- and Academy Award-winning songwriter and composer, keynote Paul Williams.

NATPE Scripted will bring drama into focus – the new set of sessions will gather top-tier creators and executives from around the world to examine    what goes into the creation of engaging stories. A keynote session with Kevin Beggs, Chairman, Lionsgate Television Group, in conversation with Matt Jacobson, Head of Market Development, Facebook, will be the centerpiece of the new track.

To round out the set of newest programming tracks, the NATPE Station Group Summit will recognize the industry’s trendsetting executives who have led the transition of NATPE into a dynamic, multiplatform industry association. At the center of the summit will be a State of the Industry curated by Emerson Coleman, Vice President, Programming, Hearst-Argyle Television and  Sean Compton, President of Strategic Programming and Acquisitions, Tribune Media.  Executives speaking will share best practices, solutions and challenges as local stations and programmers look to think beyond the traditional broadcast model.

Attracting over 5000+ senior executives from every corner of the industry, the NATPE conference will have a new look and theme – “Be A Part of It” – where top creatives and executives from across production, advertising, distribution, music and more gather for three full days of high-level deal-making, panels, networking, parties and meet ups. 

“The new NATPE provides opportunity, inspiration and empowerment to content creators and buyers for the growth and success of their business across all platforms. As the definitive global television and digital content marketplace, NATPE Miami accelerates business opportunities with a vibrant global exhibition floor, inspires creativity through a series of engaging masterclasses and empowers its members to interact during targeted networking events on a daily basis,” said JP Bommel, NATPE Managing Director & COO.

The trio of new tracks will join the popular returning program offerings: NATPE Brands & Advertising, NATPE Reality, NATPE Platforms, NATPE Global and the always anticipated Storytellers & The Shaping of Pop Culture. Each will include master classes, panel sessions and keynote speeches delving into every aspect of content creation and storytelling.

With over 350 global companies exhibiting and 1,100 buyers from Europe, Latin America, Asia and North American, NATPE is the first of the year content-driven show and a must attend event for content distributors and platforms. For more details on conference programming, including confirmed speakers, can be found at www.natpe.com.

About NATPE
Celebrating over 54 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 CEETV and TVBIZZ Announce Inaugural “Pitch & Play Live!” Finalists

Winner to be Revealed 29 June During NATPE Budapest 2016 Market & Content Summit

LOS ANGELES/BUDAPEST, June 22, 2016 – NATPE announced today the three (3) finalists for the inaugural “Pitch & Play LIVE” competition, a new initiative presented by NATPE in partnership with CEETV and TVBIZZ, which will showcase original non-scripted format ideas possessing international potential from across the CEE region. The winner will be revealed at the forthcoming “Pitch & Play LIVE” event 29 June from noon–1:30 pm. The session is part of NATPE Budapest 2016 Market & Content Summit in Budapest, 27-30 June.

The finalists will present their formats to the following international panel of judges: Amos Neumann, Chief Operating Officer of Armoza Formats; Can Okan, CEO/President of ITV Inter Medyaand Girts Licis, Head of CEE, Formats & Content Development, Modern Times Group.

The three finalists are:

  • “Best Offer” (Osakond, Estonia) – a show where celebrities offer unique personal items in a real-time online auction with the proceeds going to charity.
  • “Crack Them Up. Kids” (Kvartal-95, Ukraine) – an entertaining comedy gameshow where young participants win a prize if they can successfully get two acclaimed and popular comedians to laugh at their skit.
  • “Pick the Right Box” (Kvartal-95, Gaudi Studio, Ukraine) – a show where ordinary, yet unique, people compete with celebrities in four categories: science, sports, singing and dancing.

Each format was evaluated by members of an esteemed blue-ribbon jury, which includes: Pascal Dalton, Regional Sales Director, Formats: CEE at Endemol Shine Group; Nick Smith, SVP International Format Production at All3Media International; Noelia Nicolas, Director European Formats at CBS Studios International; Jordan Ryder, VP of Domestic & International Programming, NATPE; and George R. Chakarov, CEO at CEETV, TVBIZZ Group.

In addition to media coverage by CEETV, TVBIZZ and NATPE, the winning format will be awarded a development meeting. 

For full details of the NATPE Budapest schedule, please visit: www.natpe.com/budapest/schedule

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About NATPE: Celebrating 54 years of service to the ever-evolving global television industry, NATPE inspires the growth and success of content development, creation, production, financing and distribution across all platforms through marketplaces where industry decision makers gather to offer insight and make deals. 

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

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NATPE to Unite A-List Content Creators And Top Tier Brands At Cannes Lions

Los Angeles, June 6, 2016 – NATPE, a leader in the content discussion, announced today a new initiative for Cannes Lions that will deliver the breakthrough session entitled “What Creators Want To Say, What Brands Need To See” on 23 June, 16:00 – 16:45, Terrace Stage at the 2016 Cannes Lions International Creativity Festival.

As brands continue to look for innovative ways to execute their marketing strategy through content and entertainment, the optimal creative and business models remain elusive. The industry continues to search for a favorable balance between creative integrity and marketing objectives.  This year, for the first time, NATPE and partners CAA, DigitasLBi and Piro will take the conversation to the heart of the advertising world when Robert Carlock, Co-Creator/Executive Producer/Co-Head Writer of the hit series UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT, and Bonin Bough, Chief Media & eCommerce Officer for Mondelez International, join session Co-Moderators Daniel Rosenberg, Founder/Partner at Piro, and Scott Donaton, Chief Content Officer for DigitasLBi, on the main stage of Lions Entertainment for what promises to be a fascinating evolution of the discussion on how brands and creators can navigate the tension between the creative process and business demands.

“Now more than ever it is crucial to create content consumers want to engage with,” said Bough.  “NATPE does an incredible job servicing the intellectual and creative exchange between brands and broadcasters.”

“Today’s savvy consumers are seeking a deeper relationship with the brands they use and connect with,” stated JP Bommel, Managing Director and COO at NATPE.  “Through our work in the international content business, encouraging dialogue and partnerships across all disciplines, NATPE is in a unique position to unite leading brands and top creatives.  We are delighted to be at Lions Entertainment to further the debate and to be a catalyst in forging new industry business models and creative opportunities.”

Celebrating 54 years of service to the ever-evolving global television industry, NATPE inspires the growth and success of content development, creation, production, financing and distribution across all platforms through marketplaces where industry decision-makers gather to offer insight and make deals. NATPE’s members are A-List content creators and distributors of mainstream and digital content, web series, short films, TV series, events and music.

For more information visit www.natpe.com

For more information on the session visit:  “What Creators Want To Say, What Brands Need To See”

About NATPE

Celebrating 54 years of service to the ever-evolving global television industry, NATPE inspires the growth and success of content development, creation, production, financing and distribution across all platforms through interdependent marketplaces where industry powers gather to offer insight and make deals. NATPE is the leader in developing international markets and conferences for the entire spectrum of the dynamic content business. For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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NATPE Budapest 2016 Market & Content Summit Reports An Increase in Buyer Numbers to 400+

Announces Session Programming

LOS ANGELES, May 11, 2016 – NATPE announced today that the success of several new initiatives has helped the forthcoming Budapest 2016 Market & Content Summit achieve a substantial rise in the number of pre-registrations by acquisitions executives. More than 400 key buyers from 217 companies and 49 territories, including buyers from all the major TV stations within 25 CEE countries, have already registered to attend. Additionally, NATPE will host an extended lineup of conference sessions presented by both leading international and locally-based content executives, all of which will take place at the InterContinental Budapest 27 – 30 June. 

NATPE Budapest will feature dedicated screenings to showcase new programming from major studios including CBS, Lionsgate, NBC and Warner Bros., as well as a diverse range of local and international exhibitors. Companies new to exhibit at the 2016 Budapest event include Bonneville Distribution (USA), Comarex SA de CV (Mexico), EastWest License Ltd. (Hong Kong), HNFF World Sales (Hungary), Horizon Film (Turkey), Newen Distribution (France), One Connxt (Jordan) and Sonar Entertainment (USA), with Paramount returning to the event after a five year hiatus.

Along with an increased number of delegates from across the CEE region, the market will host participants from Latin America with Caracol Television, Comarex SA de CV, Telemundo and Televisa, as well as many exhibitors from across the Middle East, Europe and Asia. 

NATPE Budapest’s Content Summit will highlight both local and international, scripted and unscripted programming, kicking off on Monday 27 June with a CEE Content Showcase where Danny Kershaw, K7 Media’s International Research Manager, will shine the spotlight on the very best in Central and Eastern European original unscripted programming revealing the current tastes and cultural differences across content created in the region. 

This is followed by a unique masterclass, designed to provide detailed information about the steps required to reach global co-production success. In The Practicalities of Making a European Co-Production, a leading panel of experts will cover all aspects of scripted co-production from how to best design an effective pitch right through to choosing the proper distribution platform. Issues specific to the CEE will be discussed, including financing plans, and union relations and understanding global co-production treaties.

Launching the programme on Tuesday 28 June NATPE Budapest will present a fireside keynote chat with Mr. Peter Kolosi, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of RTL Hungary at RTL Group SA who will discuss the opportunities and challenges of local scripted content in the CEE. Mr. Kolosi is responsible for the programming of RTL Hungary’s family of channels, including the market-leading flagship channel RTL Klub and the seven cable channels for Hungarian-speaking audiences. 

Mid-day, participants will reconvene during lunch for a Case Study session spotlighting HBO’s “Aranyélet.” A critically-acclaimed, eight-hour drama series produced by HBO Europe, “Aranyélet” (“Golden Life”) is based on the Finnish format “Helppo elämä” (“Easy Living”), with the story and characters adapted for Hungarian audiences by local writers. The case study will look at what drew HBO to the project, the necessary considerations for adaptation and how HBO Europe approached its production. These and other matters will be examined by Antony Root, EVP, Original Programming and Production, HBO Europe, and Gabor Krigler, HBO Hungary’s Creative Executive who developed and oversaw the show creatively and HBO Europe Production Executive Anna Zavorszky. They will be joined for this special lunch session by the series’ producer Judit Stalter from Laokoon Films, the production company behind SON OF SAUL, winner of the 2016 Oscar for Best Film in a Foreign Language, and other members of the production team. 

On Wednesday, 29 June formats are again put under the microscope during the breakfast session Global Formats: What’s Working, What’s Failing, What’s Next? The session panel boasts a world-class lineup of industry executives including Mike Beale, ITV EVP Global Development and Formats; Merrily Ross, VP Formats & Content Development, Modern Times Group; Amos Neumann, COO Armoza Formats and Pascal Dalton, Regional Sales Director, TV Formats and New Media, CEE Endemol Shine Group. The panel will analyze the past, present and future of the global non-scripted business. 

Of special interest to local producers within CEE is PITCH & PLAY LIVE, a session presented by NATPE in partnership with CEETV and TVBIZZ, which aims to showcase original non-scripted format ideas with international potential from across the region. Any non-scripted developed format created after June 1, 2015 in the CEE region may be submitted for consideration. Out of all entries, up to 10 titles will be selected and reviewed by a Finalist Selection Committee comprised of five TV industry professionals who will be charged with selecting three finalists. This committee includes George R. Chakarov, CEO at CEETV, TVBIZZ Group; Jordan Ryder, VP of Domestic & International Programming, NATPE; Pascal Dalton, Regional Sales Director, Formats: CEE at Endemol Shine Group; Nick Smith, SVP International Format Production at All3Media International; and Noelia Nicolas, Director European Formats at CBS Studios International. The top three finalist formats will then be identified and presented “live” by their creators during the session to a Blue Ribbon jury of three highly respected TV professionals including Can Okan, CEO & President, ITV Inter Medya; Amos Neumann, COO, Armoza Formats and Girts Licis, Head of CEE, Formats & Content Development, Modern Times Group. Collectively these three jurists will select and declare one format as the winner at the conclusion of the session. In addition to media coverage by CEETV, TVBIZZ and NATPE, the winning format will be awarded a development meeting. For full details of PITCH & PLAY LIVE please email: pitch.play@ceetv.net

“We are pleased that our return to Budapest, with an expanded market and content summit, has been met with such enthusiasm from all parts of the industry and we are delighted to see both buyer and exhibitor registration numbers continue to build,” said NATPE COO & Managing Director JP Bommel. 

Adding, “Our focus is to promote a mutually-beneficial flow of programming across borders, encouraging local CEE producers to come together with international exhibitors, studio executives and acquisitions experts to explore the many opportunities benefitting the region and the wider global market. We believe there is a huge, untapped opportunity for content both entering and leaving the CEE, and NATPE Budapest is the perfect venue to learn about the current possibilities and optimize business prospects.” 

For full details of the NATPE Budapest schedule please visit: www.natpe.com/budapest/schedule

About NATPE

Celebrating 54 years of service to the ever-evolving global television industry, NATPE inspires the growth and success of content development, creation, production, financing and distribution across all platforms through marketplaces where industry decisionmakers gather to offer insight and make deals. 

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

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NATPE Budapest 2016 Market & Content Summit Registration Opens Today

Early Momentum is Strong as NATPE Returns to Budapest InterContinental Hotel June 27-30

LOS ANGELES, February 24, 2016 – Following the recent confirmation that NATPE Budapest 2016 Market & Content Summit will return to Budapest, it was announced today that general registration for participants at the event is now officially open, with a triple-digit number of buyers already registered.

Housing for the event that will take place at the InterContinental Hotel from June 27–30, 2016, is now available. NATPE has reserved a special discounted rate and room block at the InterContinental Hotel rate of 160 Euros (plus 22% VAT), inclusive of free WIFI and breakfast.  As a special offer to exhibitors, NATPE is extending a 10% discount on exhibition fees when a hotel reservation for three (3) room nights at the InterContinental Budapest is confirmed.  The 10% discount will be credited back to exhibitors post NATPE Budapest.  Reservations must be made within NATPE’s room block, and before March 25, 2016, to take advantage of this special discount offer.

In its continued belief in the growth of the Central & Eastern European (CEE) region, NATPE Budapest 2016 Market & Content Summit is returning to Budapest.  Creative and production communities will be featured during the three day event providing unparalleled access to local production from that key region to the world.   

In addition to Hollywood studio screenings, the Market & Content Summit will also feature a lineup of prominent local and international industry leaders headlining an expanded conference agenda.  NATPE is currently accepting proposals for sessions and speakers, the deadline of which has been extended until March 7, and can be accessed at NATPE.com or via this direct link: Submit Speaker & Session Proposals.

“We are excited about our forthcoming plans for the return of NATPE to the great city of Budapest,” commented JP Bommel, Managing Director & COO for NATPE.  “Early momentum looks robust with a significant number of buyers having already pre-registered.  We are confident that this represents a strong indication that our decision to shift our focus towards local CEE producers and content is resonating well.  We are also keen to receive ideas and speaker suggestions from both the local and international production and distribution communities so we can create a truly bespoke and relevant program for our Summit to enhance the market experience for all attendees.”

About NATPE
Celebrating 54 years of service to the ever-evolving global television industry, NATPE inspires the growth and success of content development, creation, production, financing and distribution across all platforms through interdependent marketplaces where industry powers gather to offer insight and make deals. NATPE is the leader in developing international markets and conferences for the entire spectrum of the dynamic content business. For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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UTA Partner Dan Erlij Elected To NATPE Board Of Directors

Erlij Joins Diverse Collection of Leading Entertainment and Media Industry Executives

LOS ANGELES, January 15, 2016 – The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) announced today the addition of Dan Erlij, Partner, United Talent Agency (UTA), to its board of directors, effective immediately. It was jointly announced today by Andy Kaplan, NATPE chairman of the board and Rod Perth, President and CEO. Mr. Erlij will serve a term of two years. 

“We are delighted that Dan has agreed to join NATPE’s terrific board. He will add tremendous value to NATPE as the industry adapts to the changes in the ways content is developed, produced and distributed across every international platform.” Kaplan stated. 

“Dan’s lit and scripted expertise will provide valuable guidance on how NATPE increasingly serves the creative sector of television as well as online delivered content. We are delighted that he will be on our board.” added Perth. 

Dan Erlij is a partner and long-time agent in the Television Literary Department at United Talent Agency, where he represents many television creators, showrunners and writer-producers. In addition, he is currently on the board of Inner-City Arts.

Erlij joined UTA in 1996 in UTA’s Agent Training Program. He was promoted to agent in the television literary department in 1998 and was upped to Partner in April of 2008. Prior to joining UTA, Erlij practiced law for several years as a litigator at the Herzfeld & Rubin law firm in New York City. He left the legal practice to move to Los Angeles and enter the entertainment industry.

Erlij is an instrumental part of UTA’s TV Lit Department, known for his adept instincts for identifying gifted artists, building exceptional careers for clients and discovering great material, as well as developing and packaging successful network and cable series.

The annual NATPE Miami Market and Conference returns to Miami Beach next week, January 19 – 21, 2016. This year’s newly expanded campus will include both the Fontainebleau Miami Beach and neighboring Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort. The conference will operate under the banner theme “Be Creative. Be Fearless. Be Ready.” encouraging attendees to be imaginative, tenacious, and equipped to succeed in the ever-expanding, interdependent content community. Please visit natpe.com for updates.

About NATPE 
Celebrating 54 years of service to the ever-evolving global television industry, NATPE inspires the growth and success of content development, creation, production, financing and distribution across all platforms through interdependent marketplaces where industry powers gather to offer insight and make deals. NATPE is the leader in developing international markets and conferences for the entire spectrum of the dynamic content business. For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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NATPE Taps Netflix’s Ted Sarandos To Moderate Conversation With Legends Norman Lear And Quincy Jones

Conference and Marketplace Set for January 19-21, 2016 at the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc Resorts in Miami

LOS ANGELES, January 12, 2016 – The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) today announced Netflix Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos as the moderator for a conversation with Norman Lear and Quincy Jones. It is expected that Sarandos will have a lively discussion with these two industry legends as part of the Storytellers and Pop Culture track at NATPE Miami 2016. This marquee session is one of several conversations showcasing major creative forces spanning numerous genres of television. Mr. Lear and Mr. Jones will take the stage on Wednesday, January 20th at 2:00 pm at the Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort in the Ocean Tower Salon. 

Ted Sarandos has led content acquisition for Netflix since 2000 and in the process built Netflix into a global and respected force. With more than 20 years of experience in home entertainment, Ted is recognized in the industry as an innovator in film acquisition, distribution and the creation of award-winning original content. Before Netflix, Ted was an executive at video distributor ETD and Video City / West Coast Video. He also serves on the Peabody Advisory Board, Film Advisory Board for Tribeca and Los Angeles Film Festival, the retail advisory board for the Digital Entertainment Group and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. 

The NATPE Miami Market and Conference returns to Miami Beach next week – January 19 – 21, 2016. This year’s newly expanded campus will span both the Fontainebleau Miami Beach and neighboring Eden Roc resort. The conference operates under the banner theme “Be Creative. Be Fearless. Be Ready.” encouraging attendees to be imaginative, tenacious and equipped to succeed in the ever expanding, interdependent content community. For more details on the schedule at NATPE Miami 2016, please visit www.natpe.com

About NATPE 
Celebrating 54 years of service to the ever-evolving global television industry, NATPE inspires the growth and success of content development, creation, production, financing and distribution across all platforms through interdependent marketplaces where industry powers gather to offer insight and make deals. NATPE is the leader in developing international markets and conferences for the entire spectrum of the dynamic content business. For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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NATPE Miami 2016 Domestic and International Buyer, Exhibitor and General Attendance Pacing Well Ahead of Previous Market and Conference, Confirming Expansion to Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort

2nd Annual NATPE REALITY Breakthrough Awards Finalists Revealed and Howie Mandel Returns as Host

LOS ANGELES, December 2, 2015– NATPE President and CEO Rod Perth announced today, details regarding NATPE Miami 2016. Growth remains the dominant theme with domestic and international buyer, exhibitor and general attendance pacing well ahead of last year. Perth confirmed expansion of the market and conference to the Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort to accommodate the overall growth, which is scheduled to take place in Miami ‪Jan. 19-21 at both the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc Miami Beach resorts. The conference and market will bring together every sector of the industry under the banner theme, “Be Creative. Be Fearless. Be Ready.”   

Perth also announced the finalists for the 2nd Annual Breakthrough Awards and the return of host Howie Mandel. Initial session details for NATPE 2016 were also revealed.

“We are delighted that with all of our most important numbers tracking ahead of last year’s capacity turnout, we have moved to substantially increase our physical space in 2016 by expanding to the Eden Roc next door to the Fontainebleau,” said NATPE President and CEO, Rod Perth. “The increase in exhibition sales and expanded events reflects the tremendous growth we are seeing throughout the conference.”

There are 29 new exhibitors from virtually every sector of the business attending the conference for the first time. Because of this demand, Perth also noted that all of the Fontainebleau tower suites have sold out with very few booths and meeting tables still available on both the Market Floor and within the Fontaine Ballroom, respectively. 

This year’s conference features sessions and events with a focus on scripted television, including a session on the first day titled “The Business of Scripted.”  Within the Storytellers and Shaping of Pop Culture track, NATPE has lined-up a slate of intimate conversations showcasing major creative forces spanning numerous genres of television. Powerful combinations set to take the stage in Miami this year include chats with: Legends Norman Lear and Quincy Jones; non-scripted talents Kris Jenner and Todd Chrisley; showrunners Graham Yost (The Americans), John Eisendrath (The Blacklist) and Howard Gordon (Homeland); and Michelle Ashford (Showrunner, Masters of Sex), Ilene Chaiken (Showrunner, Empire), and Sarah Treem (Creator, The Affair). 

In an environment in which advertisers are seeking access to the earliest stages of content development, the Masters of Marketing track at NATPE opens up the conversation about the opportunities, challenges and new business models around marrying creative visions with brand marketing objectives. An example of this includes a session entitled “What Creators Want to Say, What Brands Need to See”, which features Dan Harmon (Writer/Creator, Community), Marc Cherry (Executive Producer, Desperate Housewives and Devious Maids), Mitch Hurwitz (Writer/Producer, Arrested Development), Kristin Patrick (Global CMO, PepsiCo, Inc.), David Beebe (VP Global Creative & Content Marketing, Marriott Int’l) and more, together on one stage. 

After a successful debut last year, NATPE REALITY is back and expanding from one to two days. Officially the first reality and formats market of the year, NATPE REALITY will be the epicenter of the non-scripted world with a programming track overflowing with big names and breakthrough ideas. NATPE has curated this dedicated track to provide conference attendees with access to reality executives, cutting edge information and insights on the latest trends in reality programming.

A highlight of this two-day track is the 2nd Annual NATPE REALITY Breakthrough Awards.  This luncheon event will honor those reality programs that “broke through the clutter and made noise” in the preceding year becoming part of the cultural conversation and generally altering our perception of what’s possible in the genre. Perth also announced Howie Mandel (America’s Got Talent) as the returning host of the award show along with the following finalists in five categories:

COMPETITION – Alone; American Ninja Warrior; Lip Sync Battle; MasterChef Junior; Shark Tank; The Voice 

DOCUSOAP – Alaskan Bush People; Chrisley Knows Best; I Am Cait; Real Housewives of Beverly Hills; Vanderpump Rules; Wahlburgers

GAME SHOW – @Midnight; Billy On The Street; Celebrity Family Feud; Hellevator; Hollywood Game Night 

REALITY – Catfish; Hard Knocks; Married At First Sight; Naked & Afraid; Project Greenlight 

FACTUAL – Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown; Last Week Tonight With John Oliver; The Daily Show; The Jinx; Vice 

Platforms are changing and NATPE continues to provide access to the shared knowledge needed to anticipate how the industry is evolving.  One of the many highlights of the Platform Accelerated track is the session “I Want What They’re Having,” featuring Chris Williams (Chief Audience Officer, Maker Studios), Chris Jacquemin (Agent, Digital Media, WME), Jordan Gilbert (Head of Digital Programming, Lionsgate) and Harley Morenstein (Creator, Epic Meal Time). The panel will bring together this accomplished group to discuss how to bridge the divide between traditional and digital in views, audience appeal and gravitas.  

NATPE’s continued emphasis on digital and mobile has expanded to include a broader focus across the conference. In the Game Changers track, digital is on display in “The Rise of New OTT Platforms” with David Freeman (Co-Head of Digital Talent, Packaging, CAA),Seth Laderman (EVP & GM, Comic Con SVOD, Lionsgate), Evan Shapiro (Executive VP, Digital Enterprises, NBCUniversal), Jimmy Maymann (President, Content & Consumer Brands, AOL), Floris Bauer (Senior Advisor, Otter Media) and Ben Relles (Head of Comedy and Unscripted, YouTube). 

One of the ways NATPE will address the importance of mobile in the content business includes the session “Cracking the Mobile Code and Its Perceived Return on Investment”, which features Marcel Reichart (EVP RTL Digital Hub, RTL Group, and EVP, Digital Development and Partnerships, Bertelsmann), Allie Kline (CMO, AOL), and Tom Pickett (CEO of Ellation/AT&T), for a sharply focused look into the future of mobile monetization. 

For more details on the NATPE Miami 2016 schedule, please visit: www.natpe.com.

About NATPE 
Celebrating 54 years of service to the ever-evolving global television industry, NATPE inspires the growth and success of content development, creation, production, financing and distribution across all platforms through interdependent marketplaces where industry powers gather to offer insight and make deals. NATPE is the leader in developing international markets and conferences for the entire spectrum of the dynamic content business. For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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NATPE Announces New Additions to Board of Directors

LOS ANGELES, November 23, 2015 – The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) announced the election of 10 leading entertainment and media industry executives to its board of directors, effective immediately. It was jointly announced today by Andy Kaplan, NATPE chairman of the board and Rod Perth, President and CEO. The new appointees will serve a term of two years. NATPE also announced the newly constituted executive committee. 

“The new board members represent a very talented and experienced group of executives who will make our board even more diverse and whose counsel will be of great value to our organization,” Kaplan stated. 

“The selection process was a difficult one given the number of terrific people who expressed interest in serving on the NATPE board,” added Perth. “The interest is a testimonial to the important role NATPE plays in our industry both domestically and internationally, and this board continues to reflect our commitment to virtually every sector of our incredibly diverse business.” 

The new NATPE board members include: 

Jack Bamberger, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Agency Development, AOL  
Nicole Bernard, Executive Vice President, Audience Strategy, The Fox Group      
Charlie Corwin, Co-Chairman & Co-CEO, Endemol Shine North America   
Mark Greenberg, President & CEO, EPIX     
Keli Lee, Executive Vice President, Talent and Casting, ABC Entertainment Group      
Armando Nuñez, President & CEO, CBS Global Distribution Group      
Eric Rovner, Agent, WME (International Focus)      
Luis Silberwasser, President, Telemundo Network      
Simon Sutton, President, HBO International and Content Distribution      
Marta Voda, West Coast Talent Acquisition Director, Viacom

The newly constituted NATPE executive committee includes: 

Rod Perth, President and CEO, NATPE      
• Andy Kaplan, President, Worldwide Networks, Sony Pictures Television  
Kevin Beggs, Chairman, Lionsgate Television Group      
Deborah Bradley, EVP, Networks Optimization, Content Strategy & Commercialization, Turner Broadcasting System      
Emerson Coleman, Vice President, Programming, Hearst Television     
Robert Friedman, CEO, Bungalow Media + Entertainment      
Philip Gurin, President, The Gurin Company      
Jordan Levin, Chief Content Officer, NFL      
Dick Lippin, Chairman & CEO, The Lippin Group      
Bruce David Klein, President and Executive Producer, Atlas Media Corp. 
Lew Klein, President, Educational Foundation, NATPE

Previous elected members of the NATPE board include: 

Jack Abernethy, CEO, Twentieth Television      
Rola Bauer, President/Partner, STUDIOCANAL      
Ira Bernstein, Co-President, Debmar-Mercury      
Alberto Ciurana, President, Programming and Content, Univision Communications, Inc.      
Scott Donaton, Chief Content Officer, Digitas LBi      
Craig Hunegs, President, Business and Strategy, Warner Bros. International Television      
Michael Kassan, Chairman & CEO, MediaLink LLC      
Ross Levinsohn, Executive Chairman, Scout Media, Inc. 
Greg Lipstone, CEO, All3Media America 
Erin McPherson, Independent 
Hans Schiff, Television Agent, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) 
Tim Spengler, Independent 
Peter Tortorici, Senior Executive, GroupM Entertainment Global 
Lauren Zalaznick – Independent

The annual NATPE Miami Market and Conference returns to Miami Beach January 19 – 21, 2016. This year’s newly expanded campus will include both the Fontainebleau Miami Beach and neighboring Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort. The conference will operate under the banner theme “Be Creative. Be Fearless. Be Ready.” encouraging attendees to be imaginative, tenacious, and equipped to succeed in the ever-expanding, interdependent content community. Please visit natpe.com for updates. 

About NATPE 
Celebrating 54 years of service to the ever-evolving global television industry, NATPE inspires the growth and success of content development, creation, production, financing and distribution across all platforms through interdependent marketplaces where industry powers gather to offer insight and make deals. NATPE is the leader in developing international markets and conferences for the entire spectrum of the dynamic content business. For more information, please visit www.natpe.com

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NATPE Europe Returns to Budapest in 2016

LOS ANGELES, November 17, 2015 – In its continued belief in the growth of the Central & Eastern European (CEE) region, NATPE Budapest 2016 Market & Content Summit is returning to the center of the CEE. Creative and production communities will be featured during the three day event, providing unparalleled access for local production from that region to the world. The conference will take place at the InterContinental Hotel in Budapest from June 27–30, 2016.

“As the most important CEE event, we look forward to returning to this great city in the heart of the region to host a newly reimagined event. We will build on our international assets with a completely fresh orientation that showcases content from every country within the CEE. While remaining a market for buying and selling, we will also be focused on discovering original programming to become the bridge between these countries and the broader international buying and distribution community,” said Rod Perth, President and CEO of NATPE.

In addition to studio screenings, the Market & Content Summit will also feature an unparalleled lineup of local and international industry leaders headlining a fully developed conference component. 

“We view each CEE country as a partner, and we want them to feel that this is their market providing new opportunities that haven’t previously existed. They will do business, they will network, they will engage with global partners, and their local content will lead the way on our international stage,” added JP Bommel, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of NATPE. 

This announcement comes as NATPE prepares for the annual Miami Market and Conference once again in Miami Beach January 19–21, 2016, with a newly expanded campus spanning both the Fontainebleau Miami Beach and neighboring Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort. The conference will operate under the theme of “Be Creative. Be Fearless. Be Ready.” Attendees will be encouraged to be imaginative, tenacious and equipped to succeed in the constantly expanding, interdependent content community. Please visit https://www.natpe.com/for updates. 

About NATPE
Celebrating 54 years of service to the ever-evolving global television industry, NATPE inspires the growth and success of content development, creation, production, financing and distribution across all platforms through interdependent marketplaces where industry powers gather to offer insight and make deals. NATPE is the leader in developing international markets and conferences for the entire spectrum of the dynamic content business. For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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2016 NATPE Reality Track Doubles In Size After Strong First Year

LOS ANGELES, November 10, 2015 – NATPE will strengthen its focus on reality programming by adding a second day to the track as the entire industry gathers in Miami Beach for the annual market and conference January 19-21, 2016.  For two days, NATPE REALITY will be the epicenter of the non-scripted world with a programming track overflowing with big names and big ideas. 

Building on the success of 2015, NATPE will return in January with an even larger slate of cutting-edge sessions and events devoted to the genre, including the 2nd Annual Reality Breakthrough Awards and the launch of the Reality Buyers Hall.

The Reality Buyers Hall will offer executives, producers, writers, creators and agents from all over the world a one-stop venue for meetings, networking, and the ability to interact with buyers, distributors, creators, producers and stars from every corner of the content business. It will provide the place for a high-level exchange of ideas and meetings about how to capitalize on new opportunities and emerging trends that can enhance every aspect of the reality pipeline.  

“The growth of NATPE REALITY mirrors the surge in attendance we have enjoyed from this critically important segment of the business,” said NATPE President and CEO Rod Perth. “Reality is intensifying its footprint at the conference as a strong and vibrant economic force, reflecting its role as a permanent fixture of the interdependent television constellation alongside scripted programming. This is the first conference of the year for the reality community, and we’re delighted to host this important gathering with the Miami Beach setting in the dead of winter!”

Unlike any other market in the U.S., NATPE REALITY’s programming sessions and events will provide attendees with an unparalleled and immersive experience in the unscripted universe. This will consist of intimate discussions, robust panel conversations with iconic creatives, producers, and executives, a new buyers’ hall and other features as part of the new curated track for 2016.

“NATPE is an ideas market – a place where producers, writers, creators and talent can pitch new ideas to buyers and commissioners and development executives,” said Phil Gurin, President, The Gurin Company, a member of the NATPE Board of Directors and co-chair of the NATPE REALITY committee. “It is exciting to imagine the fresh new pitches that will be at NATPE as part of the larger reality track the conference has planned.”

Following a sold-out event this past year, NATPE will bring back the Reality Breakthrough Awardsto honor today’s most innovative reality content in five categories: Reality, Reality Competition, Game Shows, Docusoap and Factual. The winners will be announced during a prestigious celebration on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 at NATPE Miami. Tickets to the ceremony will be available to purchase for $90.00 online.

A blue-ribbon panel of judges will collectively select winners in each of the five categories. Judges include:

Meredith Ahr, EVP, Alternative Programming & Development, NBC Entertainment & Universal Television
Rod Aissa, EVP, Original Programming and Development, Oxygen Media
Carlos Bardasano, VP, Original Content, Univision Communications, Inc.
Todd Christopher, Partner, Chief Strategy Officer, The Gersh Agency
Denise Contis, EVP, Development and Production, Discovery Channel
Christy Dees, VP, Development, Bravo
Lauren Dolgen, EVP of Series Development, Head of Unscripted Programming, MTV
David Eilenberg, SVP, Unscripted Development, Late Night, and Specials, TNT and TBS
Eliot Goldberg,SVP, Nonfiction and Alternative Programming, AMC and Sundance TV
Brett Hansen, Partner, Head of Alternative TV, United Talent Agency
Michael Kagan, Head of International TV and Media, ICM Partners
Eli Lehrer, SVP, Non-Fiction Programming, Lifetime/A&E Television Networks
Susan Levison,EVP, Original Programming & Production, VH1
Sharon Levy, EVP Original Series, SPIKE TV
Russ McCarroll, SVP, Programming and Development, History
Josh Pyatt, Partner, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
Jessica Sebastian, VP, Head of Unscripted Programming, USA
David Stefanou, VP, Development, WE tv
Eric Wattenberg, Co-Head, Alternative Television, Creative Artists Agency

This year’s newly expanded NATPE campus will span both the Fontainebleau Miami Beach and neighboring Eden Roc resort, operating under the theme of “Be Creative. Be Fearless. Be Ready.” Attendees will be encouraged to be imaginative, tenacious and equipped to succeed in the constantly expanding, interdependent content community.  Please visit https://www.natpe.com/market/ for updates.

*Sessions and participants subject to change. 

About NATPE

Celebrating 54 years of service to the ever-evolving global television industry, NATPE inspires the growth and success of content development, creation, production, financing and distribution across all platforms through interdependent marketplaces where industry powers gather to offer insight and make deals. NATPE is the leader in developing international markets and conferences for the entire spectrum of the dynamic content business. For more information, please visit www.natpe.com

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NATPE’s 13th Annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award Will Honor Steve Harvey, Doug Herzog, Quincy Jones, Sophie Turner Laing and Norman Lear

Special Awards Reception to be Held on January 20 at the 2016 NATPE Market and Conference in Miami Beach

LOS ANGELES, October 26, 2015 – Steve Harvey, Doug Herzog, Quincy Jones, Sophie Turner Laing and Norman Lear will receive NATPE’s 13th annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award at a special reception on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach. The announcement was made today by NATPE President and CEO Rod Perth.

The award ceremony will take place during the annual NATPE Miami Market and Conference, which returns to Miami Beach January 19 – 21, 2016.  Operating under the banner theme “Be Creative. Be Fearless. Be Ready,” this year the conference will debut a newly expanded campus that includes both the Fontainebleau Miami Beach and neighboring Eden Roc resort, encouraging attendees to be imaginative, tenacious and equipped to succeed in the ever-expanding, interdependent content community. Schedule and speaker announcements will be made in the coming weeks; please visit https://www.natpe.com/market/ for updates.

Named in honor of Brandon Tartikoff, one of the most esteemed programmers in the history of television, the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award was created to recognize a select group of television professionals who exhibit extraordinary passion, leadership, independence and vision in the process of creating television programming. The Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award is presented each year at a special reception in association with Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News during the annual NATPE Market and Conference.

Event tickets are available for $190 per ticket, $2,200 for a table, benefiting the NATPE Educational Foundation, and can be purchased online at https://www.natpe.com/market/register.

“Each of these honorees has had enormous impact on our culture and our business, which is dedicated to celebrating content excellence across multiple platforms,” says NATPE President and CEO Rod Perth. “Steve Harvey, Doug Herzog, Quincy Jones, Sophie Turner Laing and Norman Lear are fearlessly creative innovators and we can’t think of a more fitting group to honor for this year’s Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award. We look forward to honoring their achievements in television at this momentous event at NATPE Miami 2016.”

“It would have meant so much to Brandon that NATPE has kept alive his love for what has become a new world of entertaining content that now reaches across every platform,”  said Lilly Tartikoff.  “Norman, Quincy, Sophie, Doug, and Steve embody the creative brilliance and passion for the business that was his trademark. I wish warm congratulations to each of them!”

The 2016 Legacy Award recipients are recognized for exhibiting extraordinary passion, leadership, independence and vision in the process of creating compelling content.

Steve Harvey is a comedian, businessman, radio mogul, TV personality and best-selling author. He is the host of the Emmy Award-winning daytime talk show Steve Harvey currently in its fourth season. Harvey has led the hit talk show to win back-to-back Emmys for “Outstanding Talk Show/Informative” (2014 & 2015) and NAACP Image Awards for “Outstanding Talk Series” (2014 & 2015). As host, Harvey was awarded the People’s Choice Award in 2013 for “Favorite New Talk Show Host” and an NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Host” in 2015. In addition to hosting his eponymous daytime show, Harvey is also at the helm of FremantleMedia’s long-running hit syndicated game show, Family Feud. In 2016, Feud will be celebrating its 40th anniversary and Harvey’s milestone 1000th episode as host. Most recently, Harvey helmed the primetime celebrity version of the show on ABC. Celebrity Family Feud debuted as the top-rated series launch of summer 2015 and came in as the #2 show of the summer overall. Harvey is also the host of the #1 rated nationally syndicated morning radio show, Steve Harvey Morning Show. His first book “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man” was released in 2009 and became an international bestseller, spending 64 weeks on the prestigious New York Times Best Seller list. In December 2010, Harvey’s follow up, “Straight Talk, No Chaser: How to Find, Keep, and Understand a Man,” debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. The hit film based on Harvey’s book, Think Like A Man, debuted in 2012 as the #1 movie in America and grossed $33.6 million its opening week. Harvey’s latest book, “Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success” (2014) debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Doug Herzogis the President of Viacom’s Music & Entertainment Group, which includes Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Spike, and Logo. Over the course of his career, Herzog has launched some of television’s most successful and culturally resonant original series, including The Daily ShowSouth Park, The Colbert ReportMalcolm in the MiddleBroad CityKey & PeeleInside Amy SchumerHot in Cleveland, and Lip Sync Battle. In April 2015, Herzog’s network portfolio expanded to include MTV, VH1, and Logo, in addition to Comedy Central and Spike, with the merging of Viacom’s Music & Entertainment Groups. Herzog began his career at CNN before joining MTV in 1984 to create MTV News.

During his first tenure at MTV, he developed groundbreaking MTV series including The Real WorldUnplugged and Road Rules, as well as the network’s signature MTV Video Music Awards and MTV Movie Awards.

Over the years, multi-media entrepreneur Quincy Jones‘ career has encompassed the roles of composer, record producer, artist, film producer, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, TV producer, record company executive, magazine founder, best-selling author and humanitarian. Currently celebrating more than 60 years performing and being involved in music, Jones has won 27 Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy’s Trustees Award and the Grammy Living Legend Award.  He also holds the record for the most Grammy nominations with a total of 79.  He is an Emmy winner and seven-time Oscar nominee, and was recently honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with their Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.  In 1997, he formed the Quincy Jones Media Group (QJMG) which develops and produces feature films, television, live entertainment, direct response marketing, and cross-media projects for home entertainment and educational applications.

Sophie Turner Laing, Chief Executive Officer, Endemol Shine Group, oversees a network of more than 120 creative production companies in over 30 markets with a portfolio of approximately 600 revenue-generating titles across scripted and non-scripted genres. With productions in over 50 languages for multiple platforms around the world, Endemol Shine Group’s best-known international hits include Big BrotherBlack MirrorBroadchurch, Bron (The Bridge), Deal or No DealHell on WheelsHumansHuntedThe IslandMasterChefMr. BeanPeaky BlindersThe Biggest LoserThe FallThe Money Drop and many more.  Prior to taking up her current role in in December 2014, Turner Laing held a number of senior positions at Sky in the UK, including Director of Movies and Managing Director, Content. She was instrumental in forging Sky’s ground-breaking partnership with HBO, which led to the launch of Sky Atlantic and was also the driving force behind Sky’s commitment to increase investment in original British programming to £600m a year, achieved in 2014. Sophie also helped set up Hit Entertainment and held a number of senior roles at the BBC, including Acting Director of Television.  She began her TV career at Henson International Television where she worked on programmes like The Muppet Show and rose to become Sales Director.

Norman Lear, producer, writer, director and author – Act III Communications, has enjoyed a long career in television and film, and as a political and social activist and philanthropist. Lear began his television writing career in 1950, producing the iconic series All in the Family, which in its nine seasons on CBS, garnered four Emmy Awards for Best Comedy series and a Peabody Award in 1977. The series was followed by a succession of other television hit shows, including MaudeSanford and SonGood TimesThe JeffersonsOne Day at a Time, and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. Lear founded People For the American Way, a non-profit organization designed to speak out for Bill of Rights guarantees and to monitor violations of constitutional freedoms. Additionally, he formed other nonprofit organizations, including the Business Enterprise Trust (1989-2000), which spotlighted exemplary social innovations in American business; the Norman Lear Center at the USC Annenberg School for Communication (2000-present), a multidisciplinary research and public policy center dedicated to exploring the convergence of entertainment, commerce and society; and with his wife, Lyn, and Alan and Cindy Horn, co-founded the Environmental Media Association (1989-present). Lear is the author of a best-selling memoir, “Even This I Get to Experience”, now available in paperback.

About NATPE

Celebrating 54 years of service to the ever-evolving global television industry, NATPE inspires the growth and success of content development, creation, production, financing and distribution across all platforms through interdependent marketplaces where industry powers gather to offer insight and make deals. NATPE is the leader in developing international markets and conferences for the entire spectrum of the dynamic content business. For more information, please visit www.natpe.com

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+44 203 008 5406

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NATPE Names Matt Palmer to Newly Created Chief Marketing Officer Position

Los Angeles, CA (September 10, 2015) – NATPE President and CEO Rod Perth today named Matt Palmer to the newly created position of Chief Marketing Officer, effective immediately.  Mr. Palmer, a former senior marketing and business development executive for companies including Disney, Viacom, Universal, Discovery Communications, Demand Media, Exclusive Resorts and Blue Man Group, will lead global strategy and creative for NATPE’s marketing, branding, digital, research, public relations and strategic planning initiatives. 

Mr. Perth stated, “Matt’s extensive industry background and strategic competencies both in traditional and digital sectors make him a perfect fit for this newly created role. We anticipate he will make many contributions to our marketing efforts as we approach our tent pole market and conference in Miami this January. I have also given him the responsibility of expanding our overall marketing efforts throughout the year, both domestically and internationally.”

Mr. Palmer commented, “Quality content has never been in greater demand across multiple platforms and I am thrilled to join the premier organization that recognized early the importance of putting Content First. NATPE has long been at the forefront of setting the agenda for the issues confronting the industry and I am grateful to Rod, JP and the team for giving me this opportunity to help shape the messaging that is so crucial to NATPE’s future.”

An award-winning senior executive, Mr. Palmer has served in numerous senior strategic/brand marketing and business development roles across the entertainment and hospitality industries for more than 25 years. His work has been instrumental in the launch and growth of many well-known, award-winning hit TV shows like “The Ren & Stimpy Show,” “Rugrats,” “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Trading Spaces,” “Hannah Montana,” “Phineas and Ferb,” and “High School Musical,” the latter for which he was named Ad Age’s “Entertainment Marketer of the Year.” A few of his appointments have included senior vice president and general manager of Demand Media, where he led the development and launch of a new content solutions division; senior vice president, marketing, Disney Channel at the Disney/ABC Cable Networks Group; vice president, strategic marketing, at Discovery Communications. He also held executive marketing roles with Blue Man Group and Nickelodeon. 

Most recently, he served as an independent consultant with a wide-ranging scope of engagement and projects in live entertainment, theme parks, urban residential and entertainment, early-stage video ad tech, seed-stage transportation aggregation and a long-form TV animation property.
Celebrating 54 years of service to the ever-evolving global television industry, NATPE inspires the growth and success of content development, creation, production, financing and distribution across all platforms through interdependent marketplaces where industry powers gather to offer insight and make deals. NATPE is the leader in developing international markets and conferences for the entire spectrum of the dynamic content business. For more information, please visit www.natpe.com

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Andy Kaplan Elected Chairman of NATPE

Los Angeles, CA (August 25, 2015) – NATPE President and CEO Rod Perth today announced that Andy Kaplan, President, Worldwide Networks for Sony Pictures Television (SPT), has been elected chairman of the board of NATPE, effective immediately. Mr. Kaplan previously served as vice chairman of the board. He succeeds Jordan Levin who served as NATPE’s chairman for four years.

“Andy is one of the most respected television executives in the business and we are delighted that he will serve as our new chairman,” Mr. Perth said. “Andy’s extensive knowledge of the domestic and international TV and burgeoning VOD and subscription VOD markets, as well as the multi-platform online entertainment network space, will provide NATPE with an enormously valuable perspective as we further expand our global reach. His vast expertise in Latin America, Asia and India further strengthens our relationships with content creators from those important regions. He is an incredible asset to our association.”

Mr. Perth added, “I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the extraordinary contributions Jordan Levin has made to NATPE.  Jordan has contributed so much to our organization in terms of his time, wise counsel and dedication.  We are extremely grateful to have had his leadership for so many years.”

Mr. Kaplan said of his new role, “I have enjoyed my long association with NATPE as a member and, most recently, as an officer and member of the executive committee.  I am honored that the board has elected me to lead this vital, relevant industry association and I look forward to working closely with Rod and our new COO JP Bommel.  With Rod’s dedication to enhancing content creation and distribution across the entire television and digital ecosystem at our annual global markets and conferences, NATPE is well positioned for the future. I also deeply appreciate the commitment Jordan has made to NATPE and am delighted he will remain a member of our executive committee.”

In his current role as president, Worldwide Networks, Sony Pictures Television (SPT), Kaplan heads SPT’s global cable and satellite television networks and investments, as well as broadband, video-on-demand and subscription video-on-demand services from the company’s headquarters in Culver City, California. Globally, Kaplan oversees SPT’s branded networks AXN, Sony Entertainment Television (SET), Sony Channel, ANIMAX, and ONE, as well as a portfolio of channels in India.  He also oversees Crackle, the studio’s multi-platform video entertainment network available in 21 countries. Domestically, Kaplan oversees Sony Movie Channel (SPT’s first U.S. multi-platform television network), as well as Cine Sony Television and the broadcast digi-net getTV. He is also responsible for SPT’s equity interest in multimedia entertainment company GSN, which offers original and classic game programming and competitive entertainment via its 80-million subscriber television network and online game sites. He continues to lead the overall growth of SPT’s network portfolio by expanding the channels’ footprint and building new network brands worldwide, in several countries spanning Asia, Europe, Latin America and Africa.

Celebrating 54 years of service to the ever-evolving global television industry, NATPE inspires the growth and success of content development, creation, production, financing and distribution across all platforms through interdependent marketplaces where industry powers gather to offer insight and make deals. NATPE is the leader in developing international markets and conferences for the entire spectrum of the dynamic content business. For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.

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JP Bommel Named Managing Director And Chief Operating Officer of NATPE

Los Angeles, CA. (August 7, 2015) – JP Bommel, former vice president of business development, entertainment for Reed Midem, with extensive experience with global media and entertainment firms, has been named managing director and chief operating officer of NATPE. The announcement was made today by Rod Perth, President and CEO of the international non-profit association. Mr. Bommel will officially join NATPE in September.

The announcement of Mr. Bommel’s appointment follows NATPE’s disclosure in March of this year that Mr. Perth was extending his contract through February 2016 as head of NATPE during which he would oversee the transition to new leadership and then join NATPE’s Board of Directors at the expiration of his contract.  This was all part of a strategic succession plan designed to sustain the organization’s momentum, and to ensure a seamless transition.

“Over the last three years, NATPE has experienced a re-birth, and the response to our recent events is extremely gratifying,” Mr. Perth stated. “Industry leaders that represent diverse yet increasingly interdependent businesses realize the international benefit and relevance of participating with NATPE, because they value our complete dedication to content. Without a doubt, content across every platform is the single most important factor in the growth of the global entertainment community.”

Mr. Perth continued, “I am very pleased that after interviewing many candidates, the Board and I have selected JP to fill this newly-created position. He is highly qualified to serve NATPE and its members in the most effective ways possible. JP and I will be working closely together so that he is able to learn every aspect of our association. JP has already served in a consultancy capacity with our organization, so that experience provides a head start on the learning curve.  He has talent, experience and drive, and I’m confident he will be instrumental in continuing our commitment to being nimble and always dedicated to content.”

Prior to joining NATPE, Mr. Bommel was the founder of Barton Creek Intl., which developed global events and created strategic partnerships and, before that, he served as vice president, business development, entertainment for Reed Midem from 2005-2013, where he was responsible for significant sales activity and new business development for entertainment conferences such as MIPTV/MIPCOM and MIDEM (Music). He previously also served as vice president, global marketing for EMI/Capitol, Sony Music and BMG. Mr. Bommel received his education in Paris and holds both U.S. and EU citizenship.

NATPE is a global, non-profit organization committed to serving as a catalyst for the content revolution. Evolving to meet the needs of a changing media landscape, NATPE, through its many activities including exclusive videos, live streaming events and vibrant annual markets, is at the nexus of the multiplatform content world. For more information, please visitwww.natpemarket.com

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2018 NATPE Conference Faculty Fellowship Program

Deadline passed:  October 23, 2017

The Faculty Fellowship Program provides selected college & university media faculty with complete access to the sessions and activities of the annual NATPE Miami Marketplace & Conference. The goal of the Program is twofold: to expose the educational community to current television issues and practices, and to foster improved communication and cooperation between educators and the industry.

The annual NATPE Miami Marketplace & Conference attracts executives from around the world for sessions featuring leaders from all facets of the global telecommunications industry, along with hundreds of exhibiting companies. NATPE promises to continue offering the world of television to all participants under one roof.

As a NATPE Faculty Fellow, you will be part of this exciting event.

Click here to complete and submit your application.
Deadline:  All materials muse be submitted no later than October 23, 2017

Applicant Benefits

  • Begin NATPE with an evening reception and continue with a series of specifically programmed sessions
  • Are invited to daily luncheon presentations in the “faculty lounge”
  • Attend NATPE Conference sessions exploring television programming, distribution, advertising, audience measurement and more
  • Are free to explore the exhibit floor during all regular exhibition hours
  • Receive a complimentary one-year Educational Membership ($95 value)
  • Enjoy hotel accommodations, most meals and full registration for the NATPE Miami Marketplace & Conference

*Note: Selected applicants will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the Conference.

For Additional Information:
Contact: Greg Pitts
Phone: 256-627-2677

 

 

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2018 Summer Faculty Development Grant

The Faculty Development Grant Program gives college and university media educators the opportunity to gain firsthand experience in a professional media environment. The Program allows teaching faculty to spend up to four weeks of the summer “interning” with a TV station, cable system, broadcast or cable network or program distributor. The goals are to increase teaching effectiveness through first-hand experience and to nurture relationships between educators and the industry.

Applicant Benefits:

  • Placement at the station/market/location of choice (whenever possible)
  • A stipend of $500 per week for 2 to 4 weeks
  • A full complimentary registration for the annual NATPE Market & Conference and reimbursement of up to $500 toward conference-related travel and accommodations
  • A complimentary one year NATPE Educational Membership ($95 value)

Click here to fill out the Summer Faculty Development Grant application.

For Additional Information:

Contact: Greg Pitts
Phone: 256-627-2677
Email: gpitts@natpe.org

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Free HOUSTON Media Career Day and Station Tour

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

HOSTED FIRST AT 10AM (Doors open at 9AM)
University of Houston
Wortham Theater
3351 Cullen Blvd, Houston
Metered parking in Lot 16

AND THEN HOSTED AT 2 PM

KPRC  NBC 2
8181 Southwest Freeway
Houston (Free Parking on Station Lot)

Sorry, but transportation to UH and KPRC is not provided.

Scholarships will be awarded by drawings between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM.
Eligibility is limited to students who have previously sent an RSVP, have received a confirmation, and show their current college photo ID at the Registration Desk.

*Complete rules: Available on request

Questions? Please contact:

Dick Block
NATPE Scholarship Foundation Career Day Producer
dblock@earthlink.net
1 (310) 452-3355

NOTE: Due to response, you may experience a delay before receiving your event confirmation email.

EVENT CANCELLED.  Please check back for our next event!


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