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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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