NATPE to Begin Student Membership Tier as New Initiative of the NATPE Educational Foundation

Los Angeles, CA – January 12, 2017 – A legend of the television industry, Lew Klein, NATPE Foundation President will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by NATPE the organization he helped create over 50 years ago. The award will be presented to Mr. Klein during the annual NATPE Miami Conference and Marketplace, which takes place Jan. 17-19, 2017 at both the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc Miami Beach resorts. 

NATPE, the leading global marketplace and resource of television and platform executives also disclosed the launch of NATPE Student Membership. 

“Lew Klein is a legend in broadcasting who had the vision, compassion and relationships to found both NATPE and The NATPE Educational Foundation. It is an honor for me to present the Lifetime Achievement Award this year to Lew, who paved the way for so many in our business,” said Andy Kaplan, NATPE Chairman and President, Worldwide Networks, Sony Pictures Television. 

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, Klein 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 has held the position of Adjunct Professor at the School of Communications at Temple University in Philadelphia for 64 years. A full biography of Mr. Klein’s storied career can be found HERE

The new Student Membership tier will provide college students nationwide access to NATPE’s resources for young professionals looking to establish a career in the broadcast and content industries. It will operate through the organization’s Educational Foundation. The NATPE Educational Foundation was founded by Mr. Klein to promote the educational activities on behalf of NATPE, including its successful internship program which provides an extension of the classroom for students. Mr. Klein currently serves as the Foundation’s President. The interns who volunteer at NATPE this year will be given a one year membership to the new tier. More details on the year-round benefits of NATPE’s Student Membership will be revealed in the coming months. 

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