January 15th, 2022

Dear registrants,

I hope you are well and keeping safe.

As you are aware, NATPE has made the difficult decision to cancel the NATPE MIAMI 2022 MARKET AND CONFERENCE, and the IRIS Awards 2022 luncheon, due to the outbreak and rapid spread of the Omicron COVID variant. Your safety and health are our main concern.

As announced on January 9th, 2022, NATPE is in the process of developing a plan to create both virtual and in-person events (when appropriate) throughout the year. And that includes rescheduling the 2022 IRIS Awards.

In the spirit of the awards and to celebrate the honorees’ contributions to the industry, we have made the decision to postpone the award ceremony to an in-person event this spring in a different city, if it is safe to do so then, rather than to hold the ceremony virtually.

We will be announcing a new date and location shortly. Please make sure to check our website at www.natpe.com for updates or reach out at info@natpe.org. I hope you will join us.

Stay safe!

Thank you.

JP Bommel
President and CEO

Honoring Transformative Achievements in Broadcast Television, The Iconic IRIS AWARDS Luncheon to Headline Station Group Summit as part of NATPE Miami 2022 — Live from the Fontainebleau in Miami on January 19th, 2022.

The Iris Awards ceremony will take place as part of NATPE Miami, live and in-person on Wednesday, January 19th, 2022 from 12pm until 1:30pm. Hosted by Soledad O’Brien (journalist and CEO of Soledad O’Brien Productions), the luncheon event will cap off a full slate of programming dedicated to the most pressing topics concerning the station group community.

The 2022 Iris Award honorees are:

  • Lew Klein Award for Leadership: Valari Dobson Staab, President, NBCUniversal Local
  • NATPE Chairman Award for Lifetime Achievement: Emerson Coleman, Senior Vice President, Programming, Hearst Television
  • Award for Excellence, Global Content and Branding: Wolf Entertainment (the iconic creators of the Law & Order, Chicago, and FBI brands)
  • NATPE Enterprise Award: Alex Paen, Founder & President, Telco Productions, Inc.
  • Award for Excellence, Television Program, Special or Series: Inside Edition, (the #1 syndicated newsmagazine, produced and distributed by CBS Media Ventures)

In attendance to present, or accept the awards are:

  • George Cheeks, CEO & President, CBS Entertainment Group
  • Tamron Hall, Host and Executive Producer, The Tamron Hall Show
  • Mario Lopez, Actor and Host of Access Hollywood and Access Daily
  • Deborah Norville, Anchor, Inside Edition)
  • Elliot Wolf, EVP Digital, Wolf Entertainment)
  • Zeeko Zaki, Actor, FBI

For more information on reserving tables and congratulatory ads, contact cweiss@natpe.org or call 609.802.2766.