Breakthrough Awards Show with Four New Categories Included in the Three Full Day NATPE Reality Track

Los Angeles, November 3, 2016 – NATPE, the leading global marketplace and resource of television and platform executives, announced today the finalists and judges for the 3rd Annual NATPE Reality Breakthrough Awards. The winners will be announced during NATPE Miami 2017 at a special luncheon ceremony, and is part of the annual conference and marketplace that is held from January 17-19 at the Fontainebleau & Eden Roc in Miami Beach, Florida.

The full list of nominees in each categories are:

Bear Grylls 
Blake Shelton
Caitlyn Jenner
Reza Farahan
Todd Chrisley
Andy Cohen
Jane Lynch
Nick Cannon
RuPaul Charles
Steve Harvey
Chef’s Table
Making a Murderer
O.J.: Made in America
The Seventies
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Lip Sync Battle
Shark Tank
The Profit
Undercover Boss
Braxton Family Values
Chrisley Knows Best
Keeping Up with the Kardashians
The Real Housewives of New Jersey       
Vanderpump Rules
60 Days In
Born This Way
Deadliest Catch
Hard Knocks
Naked and Afraid
Anthony Bourdain:  Parts Unknown
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Real Time with Bill Maher
America’s Got Talent
American Ninja Warrior
Dancing with the Stars 
The Voice
Top Chef
Celebrity Family Feud
Family Feud
Hollywood Game Night
Match Game
The $100,000 Pyramid

The winners for each category will be judged by an esteemed Blue Ribbon Panel of Judges. This year’s volunteer assembly of buyers, executives, agents and distributors includes top executives from: ABC, AMC and Sundance TV; CAA, Discovery Channel; History; ICM Partners; Paradigm; The Gersh Agency; NBCUniversal; Oxygen Media; Spike TV; United Talent Agency; TBS; 20th Century Fox Television Distribution; VH1; WEtv and WME Entertainment.

The full list of judges for the 2017 NATPE Reality Breakthrough Awards are:

Brett Hansen, Partner, Head of Alternative Television at United Talent Agency (UTA)
Chachi Senior, SVP, Original Programming at Spike TV
Corie Henson, EVP, Alternative Entertainment at 20th Century Fox Television Distribution
David Gross, Agent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
Denise Contis, EVP, Development and Production at Discovery
Eliot Goldberg, SVP of Nonfiction and Alternative Programming at AMC and SundanceTV
Jenny Groom, SVP, Alternative Programming & Development at NBCUniversal
Josh Pyatt, Partner at WME Entertainment
Lauren Gellert, EVP, Development & Original Programming at WEtv
Michael Bloom, SVP, Unscripted and Specials at TNT/TBS
Michael Kagan, Head of International Television and Media at ICM Partners
Nina Diaz, EVP and Head of Reality at VH1 
Rob Mills, SVP, Alternative Series, Specials and Late Night at ABC Television Network 
Rod Aissa, EVP, Original Programming and Development at Oxygen Media
Russ McCarroll, SVP, Development and Programming at History
Sean Zeid, Head of Domestic Alternative Television at Paradigm Talent Agency
Todd Christopher, Partner, Chief Strategy Officer at The Gersh Agency

More info regarding the awards can be found on the conference website at NATPE Reality

With over 350 global companies exhibiting and 1,100 buyers from Europe, Latin America, Asia and North America, NATPE attracts over 5,000 senior executives from every corner of the industry. This year, the NATPE conference will have a new look and theme – “Be A Part of It” – where top creatives and executives from across production, advertising, distribution, music and more gather for the three full days of high-level deal-making, panels, networking, parties and meetups. NATPE is the first of the year content-driven show, and a must-attend event for content distributors and platforms. More details on conference programming, including confirmed speakers, can be found at

About NATPE 
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