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

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

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

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

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

Award for Excellence in Programming: Entertainment Tonight

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

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

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

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


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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