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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