NBC News’ ‘Today’ Anchor Natalie Morales to Host The 2017 Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards; Organization Launches New Membership Tier to Bring Next Generation of Television and Platform Executives to NATPE

LOS ANGELES, December 8, 2016 – NATPE Miami 2017 is pacing well ahead of last year’s market and conference with a strong representation of international attendees according to JP Bommel, COO and Managing Director, NATPE. Also announced today were a new membership tier, NATPE Next Gen, and the host of the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards, Natalie Morales. The leading global marketplace and resource of television and platform executives will run from Jan. 17-19 at both the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc Miami Beach resorts. 

“NATPE Miami 2017 continues to be a must-attend event and is the definitive global marketplace for television and platform executives. We have an increasing number of buyers from overseas ready to meet with our international exhibitors and distributors. Our goal for 2017 is to create a unique experience for our members and attendees and offer them all of the elements that will enrich their businesses and professional careers. If a person is associated with content in any form across any platform, NATPE is the place to be.” 

Next year’s installment of the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards will be hosted by Natalie Morales, the West Coast anchor of NBC News’ TODAY and co-host of Access Hollywood and Access Hollywood Live. The awards gala will take place during the 2017 NATPE Conference and Market in Miami on January 18. The previously announced Tartikoff Award recipients are Susanne DanielsRandy FalcoEva LongoriaJosh SapanDana Walden and Gary Newman

NATPE Next Gen was created to service industry up-and-comers looking to enhance their burgeoning careers and establish strong relationships for the future. The new organization will operate under the NATPE parent umbrella and provide exclusive access to year-round programming in the form of events, summits, workshops, and screenings. NATPE Next Gen will also have a presence at the yearly NATPE Miami conference in January. 

Attendance and the expanded membership initiative are not the only places to find growth at NATPE. For the first time ever, NATPE Miami will offer a Master Class Series across all tracks featuring top names in the business giving intimate sessions set to empower and inspire conference attendees. Some of the sessions include 19 time Grammy Award-winning producer Emilio Estefan teaching a class on “How to Navigate the Music Industry”; Steve Levitan, co-creator of Modern Family, instructing conference-goers on “Comedy Writing at its Best”; and Morgan Wandel, Amazon Studios’ Head of Drama Series, leading a session on “How to Thrive in the Scripted Market.” Additional speakers and keynote sessions will be announced in the coming weeks. 

As the industry racks their brains on how to target the rapidly growing millennial demographic, NATPE is set to feature a keynote session with Jason Dorsey, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, The Center for Generational Kinetics. With best-selling books and appearances on 60 Minutes, 20/20, and TODAY on his resume, Dorsey will bring his new take on the generational lines and how we talk about them to the NATPE programing lineup. 

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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 growth and supporting the success of video content development, creation, production, financing and distribution across all platforms. For more information, please visit


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