Paul Williams, Kevin Beggs and Matt Jacobson Tapped for Keynote Sessions for Three Newly Launched Initiatives

LOS ANGELES, October 31, 2016 – NATPE, the leading global marketplace and resource of television and platform executives – empowering and inspiring content creators and buyers – announced today three new initiatives: NATPE Music, NATPE Scripted and the creation of a NATPE Station Group Summit. Lionsgate’s Kevin Beggs and Facebook’s Matt Jacobson, as well as the President/Chairman of ASCAP, iconic composer Paul Williams have been tapped to deliver Keynote addresses for the new tracks. NATPE Miami will return January, 17-19 to the Fontainebleau Miami Beach and neighboring Eden Roc Resort.

Exploring the vital longstanding link between TV and music, NATPE Music will assemble A-List musicians, songwriters, publishers, producers, supervisors and executives at the forefront of the music industry to provide actionable, and invaluable insights into the places where television and music meet. This track will be headlined by Grammy-Golden Globe- and Academy Award-winning songwriter and composer, keynote Paul Williams.

NATPE Scripted will bring drama into focus – the new set of sessions will gather top-tier creators and executives from around the world to examine    what goes into the creation of engaging stories. A keynote session with Kevin Beggs, Chairman, Lionsgate Television Group, in conversation with Matt Jacobson, Head of Market Development, Facebook, will be the centerpiece of the new track.

To round out the set of newest programming tracks, the NATPE Station Group Summit will recognize the industry’s trendsetting executives who have led the transition of NATPE into a dynamic, multiplatform industry association. At the center of the summit will be a State of the Industry curated by Emerson Coleman, Vice President, Programming, Hearst-Argyle Television and  Sean Compton, President of Strategic Programming and Acquisitions, Tribune Media.  Executives speaking will share best practices, solutions and challenges as local stations and programmers look to think beyond the traditional broadcast model.

Attracting over 5000+ senior executives from every corner of the industry, 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 three full days of high-level deal-making, panels, networking, parties and meet ups. 

“The new NATPE provides opportunity, inspiration and empowerment to content creators and buyers for the growth and success of their business across all platforms. As the definitive global television and digital content marketplace, NATPE Miami accelerates business opportunities with a vibrant global exhibition floor, inspires creativity through a series of engaging masterclasses and empowers its members to interact during targeted networking events on a daily basis,” said JP Bommel, NATPE Managing Director & COO.

The trio of new tracks will join the popular returning program offerings: NATPE Brands & Advertising, NATPE Reality, NATPE Platforms, NATPE Global and the always anticipated Storytellers & The Shaping of Pop Culture. Each will include master classes, panel sessions and keynote speeches delving into every aspect of content creation and storytelling.

With over 350 global companies exhibiting and 1,100 buyers from Europe, Latin America, Asia and North American, NATPE is the first of the year content-driven show and a must attend event for content distributors and platforms. For more details on conference programming, including confirmed speakers, can be found at

Celebrating over 54 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


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