Omni-Cultural TV Fest

Submissions Now Open For 2nd Annual Omni Cultural TV Fest 2020

LOS ANGELES, July 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Omni Cultural TV Fest (OCTVF) in partnership with NATPE (National Association of Television Program Executives) announced today that submissions for 2020 are now open. 

Filmmakers who submit early will have a head start in getting their projects seen by industry executives. The festival acts as a bridge to merge content creators with industry professionals.

Produced by Kiki Melendez of Latin Hollywood Films and Cindy Cowan Entertainment, this unique multicultural platform for independent content producers provides an avenue for promoting new ideas in all genres for television and OTT platforms.

Thus far, the festival has been instrumental in getting five projects distributed through ShortsTV,  distribution deals through Maverick Entertainment, meetings with Abrams Artists Agency, pitch meetings with Cindy Cowan and All 3 Media, and requests for content from prominent networks and studios. OCTVF received support from Disney, Nickelodeon, Viacom, A&E, Lifetime, The History Channel, The Nacelle Company, CBS Diversity, NBC/Telemundo, Spectrum TV1, WIF, NYWIFT, HRTS and Vimeo. NATPE has also designated an OCTVF tab on their website so that buyers will have easy access to view the 2019 selections and winners in all the categories.

In its inaugural event at the landmark Egyptian Theater in May 2019, OCTVF made an indelible impact on the industry, receiving 5-star ratings and garnering critical acclaim from filmmakers, sponsors, partners, executives and attendees.

This year, OCTVF will be going on tour through Miami, NYC, San Francisco, San Diego, and LA to generate buzz prior to the grand event which is set for the first week of June 2020.

Submissions in all genres of television will be accepted: TV Pilots, TV sizzle reels (scripted and non-scripted), short form web series, TV movie trailers, foreign language TV sizzle reels, student submissions, animation and talk shows.

For more information on submissions please visit www.omniculturaltvfest.com or www.filmfreeway.com/omniculturaltvfestival.

Submission deadlines for the 2020 OCTVF are: 
June 30, 2019 – Submissions Open 
October 15, 2019 – Early Deadline 
January 15, 2020 – Official Deadline 
February 16, 2020 – Final Deadline

OCTVF is a subsidiary of Latin Hollywood Films Inc. and the festival has designated Kids in the Spotlight as its official charity.

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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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.”

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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). 

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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

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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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megan@lippingroup.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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