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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About NATPE

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

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Kids Insights Announces Membership With NATPE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Email: rachael@theinsightspeople.com  

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About The Insights People & Kids Insights

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www.kidsinsights.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration is $99 for this first-time collaboration.

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

About NATPE

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

About NAB Show New York

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

About NAB

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

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(202) 429-5350

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Kevin Broderick
(323) 965-1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Lippin Group
natpe@lippingroup.com
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NATPE and CEETV announce winner of PITCH & PLAY LIVE! 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About NATPE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional Information on PITCH & PLAY LIVE 2020:

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

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

About NATPE:

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

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

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

Duo to Discuss the Service’s Evolution and Upcoming Rebrand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About NATPE

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

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

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Kevin Broderick
The Lippin Group
natpe@lippingroup.com
323.965.1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About NATPE

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

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

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

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NATPE Budapest International Brings Back “Pitch And Play Live!” Online And Moves Event Fully Virtual

International Content Conference and Marketplace Expands to Four Days and Shifts to the NATPE Virtual Platform

LOS ANGELES, July 10, 2020 – The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), the premiere global business association for content producers, distributors, streamers and buyers across all platforms today will utilize every aspect of the recently announced NATPE VIRTUAL platform for  NATPE Budapest International. The marketplace and conference will also expand to four days and will now begin on 24 August running through 27 August 2020. For this year, NATPE Budapest International will not have a physical footprint at the Intercontinental Hotel in Budapest, Hungary due to ongoing issues surrounding the global pandemic.  Registration is now open. More details can be found at https://www.natpe.com/budapest/attend/

The highly anticipated format competition, “Pitch & Play Live” will be returning to NATPE Budapest International for a 5th straight year as part of the virtual production. “Pitch & Play Live” showcases original format ideas from the CEE/EMEA region with international potential.  Previous winners have successfully achieved ongoing distribution for their shows worldwide. Learn more at http://ceetv.net/pitchplay.

The NATPE Budapest International Conference agenda will include exclusive World Premieres from major global studios. The program includes a deep dive into case studies on various properties with top talents, producers and executive content creators spotlighting how they are innovating the production and distribution of programming today and adapting forward.

The event, in its virtual form, will continue to be an ultimate resource for producers and distributors as the one-stop-shop for the business of content. Through a highly intuitive NATPE VIRTUAL digital experience, which is a custom-built virtual event space, attendees will receive the same one-stop-shop for the global content marketplace they expect of NATPE’s physical events. NATPE VIRTUAL’s platform utilizes the most comprehensive ecosystem of customized tools to empower creators and distributors of all backgrounds and experience.

“In light of the travel restrictions imposed by Hungary preventing some of our largest global buyers and exhibitors to attend, we have made the strategic decision to switch to NATPE VIRTUAL, a portal that delivers our renowned conferences, online marketplace and online licensing from start to end. So far, we have 300 regional buyers registered and our top distributors are excited to shift to a virtual model offering multiple and cost-effective options such as NATPE V-Fronts™, immersive branding and online screenings,” said JP Bommel, President and CEO, NATPE.

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

NATPE Budapest International’s virtual conference and marketplace will take place on Monday, 24 August, 10am-8pm, CEST and then Tuesday, 25 through Thursday, 27 August:  6am – 8 pm, CEST (Central European Summer Time).

About NATPE

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

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

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NATPE Sets New 2020 Dates For NATPE Budapest International (August 25-27) And NATPE Streaming Plus (September 15)

LOS ANGELES, April 7, 2020 – The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), the premier global business association for content producers, distributors, streamers and buyers across all platforms today announced the rescheduling of NATPE Budapest International to August 25th through 27th, 2020, and NATPE Streaming Plus to September 15, 2020 as a result of Covid-19. 

NATPE Budapest International will still take place at the InterContinental Hotel in Budapest, Hungary.  Last year, the annual Marketplace, Screenings + Conference included attendees from 70+ countries, including more than 470 buyers and more than 160 promotional and production companies. 

NATPE Streaming Plus is following up on a very successful inaugural event in Los Angeles, California last year, where it had major streaming players like CBS All Access, Hulu, Netflix, Pluto TV and YouTube all take the stage at the conference. The one-day event will again be held at the W Hollywood on the newly rescheduled date. 

NATPE Miami, the organization’s annual tent-pole event will, as planned, take place January 19-21, 2021 at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami, Florida. 

“Our first thoughts and prayers go to the NATPE community of those affected by this devastating crisis.  From a business perspective, NATPE recognizes that the industry faces unprecedented marketplace challenges; we want to be part of the solution and bring to bear experiences that will help our constituency continue to do business to their fullest potential,” said JP Bommel, President and CEO, NATPE. 

For more information on NATPE’s schedule of events and how to register, please visit www.natpe.com.

About NATPE

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

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Prensario, NATPE and Events TM Team Up to Launch “Virtual Screenings 2020”

Prensario International, in association with NATPE and Events TM to create “Virtual Screenings 2020,” a digital market that will replace the LA Screenings and with efforts to expand to other cancelled markets

Los Angeles, CA – March 20, 2020 – Partners in the project include Prensario International, a pioneering publication with almost 50 years in the entertainment business, the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), and Events TM’s Isabella Márquez, the traditional organizer of the suites for LA Screenings Independents at the Intercontinental Hotel. The organized e-meetings will recover the personal interaction and flow of business lost to the content industry from the canceling trade shows and marketplaces.

Nicolas Smirnoff, director, Prensario International, explained: “Virtual Screenings 2020 will take place the same days that LA Screenings, both independent and majors: from May 12 to 21. It will target about 5,000 key buyers from around the world, who will access to content screenings of the main providers of the international market, in a very easy and friendly way.”

Isabella Márquez, CEO, Events TM, added: “Now is a time for us to be creative and find new ways to come together. The desire for content, which has never been higher than in 2020 has not changed just because of the world’s event. I am so happy to work with such amazing partners to present an alternative solution to this year’s LA Screenings.” 

JP Bommel, CEO, NATPE, concluded: “My first thought goes to the safety and health of the distributors, buyers and partners who were planning to attend LA Screenings Independent in May, they are a part of our family. At NATPE, our mission is to be the indispensable resource in the evolution of content as the conduit to connectivity, business insights and opportunity. In these challenging times, I am pleased that we will be able to fulfill that promise by delivering a virtual alternative to the market through this great partnership with Prensario and Events TM. We want our clients and partners to know that we are in this crisis together and we’ll continue to find ways for them to do business.”

The interface of the platform aims to be very simple. Buyers will register themselves for free to allow access to a home page with the logos of the distributors. Once there, they will be able to watch trailers, previews or complete episodes of the contents offered, along with the company information and complementary digital tools and services.

All global distributors are invited to participate. This includes the Hollywood studios to independent producers, also leading distributors in Latin America, Turkey, Europe and Asia.

“The response from the industry has been great. In fact, we launched the initiative pushed by many customer requests. We want not only to replace the cancelled markets, but also to create new, empowered tools for the digital era. The ‘Virtual Screenings’ must recover the business flow and add important digital value’, concluded Smirnoff.

About Prensario International

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

About Events TM

Events TM‘s ultimate objective is to provide a fully personalized service which guarantees that our events will always exceed our client’s expectations and goals. Whether your company is looking for an interesting venue, a unique event or just an adventure, Events TM always comes up with innovative ideas. No matter how large or small, we design events that are unique and distinctive and will reflect your company’s image. Events TM offers an unparalleled management and administrative services for the organization of: Events TM‘s ultimate objective is to provide a fully personalized service which guarantees that our events will always exceed our client’s expectations and goals. Whether your company is looking for an interesting venue, a unique event or just an adventure, Events TM always comes up with innovative ideas. No matter how large or small, we design events that are unique and distinctive and will reflect your company’s image. Events TM offers an unparalleled management and administrative services for the organization of Business Meetings, Tradeshows, Corporate Events, Conventions, Grand Openings, Awards Ceremonies, Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies, Celebrity Appearances, Social Events, Brochures, flyers, invitations, etc.

About NATPE

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

JP Bommel, CEO, NATPE
Isabella Márquez, CEO, Events TM
Nicolas Smirnoff, director, Editorial Prensario

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CITVC - NATPE Navigating Content

CITVC Signs Partnership Deal With NATPE

June 19th, 2019 Beijing, China & Los, Angeles, CA U.S.A.: China International Television Corporation (“CITVC”), the international business division of China Media Group, announced the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) for cooperation with the National Association of Television Program Executives (“NATPE”) U.S.-based global content association and professional membership organization.

The signing of the MOU marks that CITVC and NATPE have become official partners. Together, they will implement an all-round, multi-level and wide-ranging cooperation in exhibition publicity, guest invitations and international promotion for the China International Film & TV Programs Exhibition (“CIFTPE”) organized by CITVC and several international festivals organized by NATPE.

CIFTPE - NATPE Budapest International - NATPE Miami

The CIFTPE, hosted by China Media Group, guided by the National Radio and Television Administration, and organized by CITVC and the China Radio, Film & Television Programs Exchanging Center, has been increasingly becoming an important international platform for cultural exchange and exhibition promotion of film and television programs. The 15th CIFTPE in 2018 attracted more than 300 media institutions and companies from more than 50 countries and regions; exhibited 80,000 program episodes, and received more than 200 overseas news reports in major international media, covering more than 81 million overseas audiences. The 16th CIFTPE, to be held in Beijing at the National Convention Center from September 11 to 12, 2019, will focus on the outstanding works and the development achievements of media integration of China.

Ms. Jianing Shen, Executive Vice President of CITVC and General Manager of CHNPEC, stated: “CITVC is thrilled to partner with such a prestigious organization as NATPE. CEO JP Bommel and NATPE have been instrumental in our global content relationship-building. We have already produced several events with NATPE’s support in Los Angeles within the last year and appreciate their input and extensive contacts. On our side, we look forward to welcoming the NATPE community to the 16th CIFTPE this September and introducing them to many creative Chinese production and broadcast executives.”

“International co-productions and global content distribution are at the core of NATPE’s identity. Working with CITVC while expanding our relationships with the leading broadcasters and largest producers in China is a catalyst to our global strategy. We look forward to working closely with Ms. Jianing Shen and CITVC to create new events and activate at different marketplaces around the world, including in Los Angeles, in the years to come,” said JP Bommel, President and CEO, NATPE.

ABOUT  CITVC & CHNPEC

Founded in 1984, China International Television Corporation (CITVC) is a large state-owned enterprise, and the business division of CCTV/China Media Group. As a subsidiary to CITVC, China Radio, Film & Television Programs Exchanging Center (CHNPEC), is among China’s largest organizations specializing in marketing films and TV programs and publishing and distributing video/audio products. Over the years, in cooperation with Chinese and foreign media organizations, the company has carried out copyright marketing, international co-production, multi-lingual translation, and has built localized commercial channel operations. It has also created the “Film and TV Import & Export Association”, “Belt and Road Media Community.” Its marketing network coverage reaches more than 150 countries and regions on five continents. Every year the company provides more than 20,000 hours of high-quality television dramas, documentaries, cartoons, and variety to the international media, as well as introducing a large number of outstanding films and television series to Chinese audiences.

ABOUT NATPE

NATPE is the largest U.S-based global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events, including NATPE Miami, L.A. Screenings Independets, NATPE Budapest International and the inaugural NATPE STREAMING PLUS. Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE, with a history of over five decades, is committed to representing the needs of its evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to shape the future of the business of content.

CITVC Media Contacts:
(Ms.) MJ Sorenson, MJ Global Communications
256 S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211
T: +1-646-225-6590   mj@mjglobalcommunications.com

(Ms.) Panayiota Pagoulatos, MD, Pink Orchid International
450 Lexington Avenue, suite 3343, New York, NY 10163
T: +1-212-235-1870   panayiota@pinkorchidinternational.com

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Remembering Lew Klein

The Passing of NATPE’s Founder Lew Klein

NATPE Statement from Chairman Andy Kaplan.

“It is with the deepest regret that we inform you that Lew Klein (91), NATPE’s founder and guiding light, has passed away. Lew was the soul and inspiration for NATPE and was tireless in his work and support of both NATPE and the NATPE Foundation, which he founded and served as president until his passing.

Our condolences go out to Janet, Lew’s wife, who was by his side for a lifetime and always present at NATPE events, and to Lew’s entire family.  We will dearly miss his wise counsel, smiling face and his class. He was one of a kind.”

A Word from NATPE President and CEO, JP Bommel.

“Good night Lew!”, said JP Bommel. “You enriched the life of thousands of students and certainly mine. You were not only a mentor but also a good friend. I am grateful for the laughter we shared with Janet and that we got to work together on important issues. As you said to the students it’s not who you know but who knows you, in that respect I am honored to have shared those moments with you. I will miss you forever, you are in my heart but you took a piece of all of us with you today.”

NATPE Corporate

Los Angeles, June 13, 2019 — 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, Lew 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 held the position of Adjunct Professor at the School of Communications at Temple University in Philadelphia for 65 years. Klein was honored several times at Temple for his service to the university and in 2017 the university’s School of Media and Communication was renamed the Lew Klein College of Media and Communication.

Mr. Klein was the recipient of NATPE’s President’s Award and the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Gold Medal. He was also named “Broadcaster of the Year” by the Broadcast Pioneer’s Philadelphia Chapter and earned the Distinguished Education Service Award from the Broadcast Education Association.

Mr. Klein is the founder and former president of NATPE, the world’s largest non-profit content association, and the founder and president of the NATPE Educational Foundation.

Mr. Klein is survived by his wife, Janet, his children Ellen and Stephen, granddaughter Anna and her husband, John, and great-grandchildren Oscar and Miriam. A memorial service will be held for Mr. Klein (date to be determined). 

Press Contact:
Jennifer Price/The Lippin Group
jprice@lippingroup.com/(323) 965-1990

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Streaming Plus

NATPE ANNOUNCES L.A.-BASED STREAMING PLUS WITH FOUR MAJOR STREAMERS

CBS ALL ACCESS, HULU, NETFLIX, YOUTUBE
ALL CONFIRMED TO ADDRESS DELEGATES IN JULY

Los Angeles, May 21, 2019 –  As the industry’s authoritative voice of content, National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) presents STREAMING PLUS, the preeminent exchange where streamers will shape and define the future of video content programming & distribution at the W Hollywood on July 30th. This must-attend, one day event navigates the market-wide disruption by delivering thought leaders from major and emerging platforms who will provide the competitive advantages necessary to grow and succeed.

Delivering insightful keynote sessions during the one-day confab will be Julie McNamara, EVP Original Content, CBS All Access; Heather Moosnick, SVP of Content Partnerships, Hulu; Amy Reinhard, VP of Content Acquisitions, Netflix and Ben Relles, Head of Innovation, YouTube Originals and Sharon Rechter, Co-Founder and President, First Media.

NATPE Streaming Plus includes top decision-makers from the most popular global streaming destinations has been strategically crafted to propel insights as D-to-C engagement builds momentum, creating audience + monetization models that are re-engineering the architecture of our industry.

NATPE’s President and CEO JP Bommel, comments, “We are thrilled to welcome four of the leading global streaming players to our newly created event. Their individual corporate viewpoints and their combined knowledge of the streaming space will give every delegate in the room a head start and will be of huge value to businesses both large and small as they navigate this dynamic new age for programming.”

He adds, “NATPE’s mission is to be the indispensable resource in the evolution of content as the conduit to connectivity, business insights and opportunity and with the launch of NATPE Streaming Plus we solidify this objective.”

Other event highlights include the participation of French television network, TV 5 Monde, which will sponsor a panel dedicated to MVPDs and the future of content delivery. NATPE STREAMING PLUS will also present a bespoke data presentation as well as many opportunities for networking.

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

About NATPE

Celebrating more than 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
+1 323.965.1990

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Omni-Cultural TV Fest

Co-Founder and Producer Cindy Cowan Announces Omni-Cultural TV Festival’s Debut on May 1st at Egyptian Theater in Hollywood

The event supports independent producers as they present projects directly to television and internet executives.

Los Angeles, CA/ Feb. 12, 2019 — The Omni-Cultural TV Festival, in partnership with the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), will debut on May 1st, 2019 at the iconic Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. The event provides a groundbreaking multicultural platform for independent content creators and producers to pitch new projects directly to legitimate buyers.     The day will include screenings, panels and networking opportunities, culminating with an award show and gala.

“This is an exciting opportunity for new voices,” said Kiki Melendez, co-founder and CEO of the Omni-Cultural TV Festival. “We are thrilled to provide an inclusive way for independent producers and industry leaders to connect, bridging the gap between creators and executives.”

Melendez and Cowan joined forces in October of 2018 to launch this
event.

CINDY COWAN is an award-winning film producer with Emmy nominations for Rent-A-Kid and If These Walls Could Talk, and the coveted United Nations Award for Savior. Additionally, she financed the film Traffic, which went on to win four Oscars. Cowan has recently signed a deal with Sony Pictures and has several other projects set up at various studios. Cowan has plans to branch into the TV space and will be announcing a series very soon.

Melendez, along with JEAR Entertainment, previously hosted the Latin Hollywood Films Upfronts in New York and LA with which attracted more than 1,800 industry professionals.

On Friday, March 1st Omni-Cultural TV Fest in Partnership with NATPE will be holding a Press Conference/Cocktail Party Hosted by OCTVF Exec Producers Julia Carias Linares and Meiling Macias Toro at San Juan Restaurant in the heart of NYC. It is an event that will offer the east coast tri-state area more information on submissions, partnerships and event schedule. For Press Passes Omniculturaltvfest@gmail.com

Kiki Melendez, will be available for interviews in NYC from February 27th to March 2nd.

View the promotional video at Omni Cultural TV Fest

Tickets are now on sale and the deadline for submissions is March 15. For more information please visit www.omniculturaltvfest.com.

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 Taps Charlie Weiss as Head of Business Development heading into NATPE MIAMI 2019

NATPE Corporate

Former Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News Publisher Brings Years of industry Experience and Expert Knowledge to the Organization

Los Angeles, CA – December 4, 2018 – The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) announced today the appointment of Charles Weiss as SVP, Business Development. The announcement comes a few months before NATPE Miami commences in January of 2019. The three-day event will take place from January 22nd until the 24th at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami and has confirmed keynote addresses from newly tapped NBC Co-Chairmen George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy.

Weiss joins NATPE from Future Plc where he served as Vice President, Group Publisher for Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News. There, he successfully presided over their advertising sales division and extensive event portfolio, including the B&C Hall of Fame, MCN Wonder Women, and NYC Television Week.  His overarching responsibilities included sales management, business development, client media solutions, custom event sponsorship, digital transition, new platform innovation, marketing and strategic content.

Weiss currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Broadcaster’s Foundation of America. Prior to Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News, Weiss held executive-level positions at Backstage, Nielsen Business Media and Reed Business Information. In his previous roles, Weiss was responsible not only for sales and marketing, but for providing cross-platform solutions and management for evolving entertainment industry trade media and event businesses.

“We are excited to have Charlie join us here at NATPE. He brings with him invaluable experience and insight that align perfectly with NATPE’s mission to steer the business of content said JP Bommel, President and CEO of NATPE. “Charlie is one of the most respected executives in our business and we are proud to have him join our team to grow the organization year-round. He’s uniquely qualified to navigate the constant change in our industry”.

“I’m privileged be joining NATPE – a highly respected organization that stands synonymous with growth and innovation. As our industry continues to evolve, fueled with the inertia of content creation and distribution, NATPE has remained at the forefront of ambition and relevance. I look forward to building on their decades of amazing work of education and connectivity, and to providing our clients with the strongest opportunities, vehicles, and value industry-wide.”

About NATPE

Celebrating over 55 years of service to theever-evolving global television industry, NATPE inspires the growth and successof content development, creation, production, financing and distribution acrossall platforms through interdependent marketplaces where industry powers gatherto offer insight and make deals. NATPE is the largest U.S. based global contentassociation and a leader in developing international markets and conferencesfor the entire spectrum of the dynamic content business. For more information,please visit www.natpe.com.

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Living The Dream: A Career In Content

Tyler Perry To Keynote Event For Students And Young Professionals On Martin Luther King Jr. Day

First-Ever Event Presented By NATPE In Association With The NAACP And The NHFA

“Living the Dream: A Career in Content” Featuring Esai Morales, Gloria Calderon Kellett, Benjamin Lobato and more in Miami on January 21, 2019

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 9, 2018)NATPE, the National Association of Television Program Executives, will present the first ever “Living the Dream: A Career in Content” event in partnership with the NAACP, (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) and the NHFA (National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts). The event will be held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 21, 2019, one day before NATPE Miami 2019 commences, at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach Florida.

The special event is designed to assist students, young professionals and others with a desire to enter the entertainment and media industries to learn more about how their dreams can become a reality. Both the NHFA and the NAACP are committed to raising awareness of diversity and inclusion in front and behind the camera as well as in all creative content with the overall mission to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. The organizations both have programs to inspire today’s youth and are committed to furthering awareness of multi-cultural content, diversity in media, and inspiring youth to follow their dreams.

World-renowned producer, director, actor and screenwriter Tyler Perry, will deliver the Keynote Address. Mr. Perry is an outstanding example of an individual who began his career with very little and through extraordinary talent and dedication has risen to the top of the industry in all areas of his multi-talented skills. Mr. Perry’s remarks will be followed by a panel headlined by CSI: Los Angeles’ Esai Morales, showrunner for USA’s “Queen of the South”, Benjamin Lobato and Netflix’ “One Day at a Time” showrunner Gloria Calderon Kellett, as well as other leading talent, executives, producers and writers who have imbedded storylines of diversity in their works. The final portion of the day’s presentations will be followed by a “Celebration of Creativity”, in which three pre-selected students will present story ideas dealing with diversity live onstage to a panel of industry-leading development executives. The three budding young filmmakers will be selected from the NAACP’s Hollywood Bureau film education program, which searches the country for talented young people in a variety of disciplines, and the NHFA’s whose PitchDC and PitchNY programs showcase authentic and original content ideas from NHFA student scholars, alumni and associates.

“This will be a very special day. A day to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and to inspire and empower young people as they begin a career in entertainment and media. We are honored to be presenting this event, headlined by Tyler Perry, and in association with two of the most respected organizations in America,” said JP Bommel, President and CEO, NATPE. “I know that those that will attend will be enriched with greater knowledge about the opportunities that lie before them.”

“Martin Luther King, like Cesar Chavez, spent their lives working to become the change they asked us all to become in our beloved country,” said Felix Sanchez, NHFA Chairman and Co-founder, “during these trying times, we look to storytellers to reveal the true narrative of our nation. We applaud NATPE for its leadership to advance these principles.”

“Joining forces with NATPE on Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday is right in line with the efforts we put forth to bring diversity to the forefront of everyone’s minds, especially in the world of entertainment,” said Derrick Johnson, President and CEO, NAACP. “We are honored to bring students together to hear from one of the greatest creative and business minds of our generation in Tyler Perry, and are excited to reveal the rest of the programming, which will feature top talent and executives from television, as we draw closer to the event.”

All proceeds from the event will go to the NATPE Educational Foundation to support educational initiatives. NATPE will invite students from Miami-area universities and high schools who are interested in getting into the entertainment/media business to the event. Industry execs attending NATPE will also be in attendance to network and engage with students. The NATPE Educational Foundation and its programs are focused on creating new professional opportunities for young professionals looking to pursue a career in Hollywood.

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.

About NAACP
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas here.

About the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA)
Founded by actors Jimmy Smits, Esai Morales, Sonia Braga, Merel Julia, and Washington D.C. attorney Felix Sanchez, the NHFA addresses the underrepresentation of Latinos in entertainment through education initiatives, audience and industry outreach, content and talent development, diversity and civil rights advocacy.

In keeping with their dedication to education and the arts, in their 21 year span the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts has provided over $10 million in mentoring and outreach, including college scholarships to more than 400 Latino Students from nine elite universities and colleges. Such beneficiaries include young and emerging talent such as NYU’s award-winning director Alfonzo Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, 2015), and Yale’s Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, whose writing credits include television shows Glee, Big Love, Looking, as well as films Carrie (2013), The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014) and Spider-man on Broadway, NYU’s Rashaad Ernesto Green, Gun Hill Road (2011) and Reinaldo Marcus Green, Stop (2015), Sundance Institute Grant recipient (2017) and Monsters and Men (2018), and Benjamin Daniel Lobato, supervising writer, USA Network’s Queen of the South (2018).

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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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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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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 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 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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