More Details Revealed including Sessions on International Drama Production and Unscripted, a Stage Setting Session with Jessica Reif Ehrlich, Kevin Mayer and Kevin Beggs and More

Mario Lopez Joins the Iconic IRIS Awards as Presenter of the Lew Klein Leadership Award to Recipient Valari Staab

NATPE Returns to Miami with NATPE Safe Protocols Ready 

LOS ANGELES, December 16, 2021 – The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), the premier global business association for content producers, distributors, streamers and buyers across all platforms, has revealed the additional programming details for NATPE Miami 2022 including the opening session. The annual in-person event is set to take place from January 18-20, 2022, at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami, Florida. Safety protocols pre-event and during the event can be found HERE

Following the Money: from Content Investments to Ad Spending

This year’s edition of NATPE Miami will kick off on Tuesday, January 18, with a conversation on the evolving business of content since the introduction of streaming from a financial perspective. Matthew Belloni, Founding Partner of Puck News, will moderate a session featuring Lionsgate Television Group Chair, Kevin Beggs; Aventine LLC Co-CEO Kevin Mayer; and Managing Director and Senior Media & Entertainment Analyst at BofA Securities Global Research Jessica Reif Ehrlich.

On Wednesday,  Laura Molen, President Advertising and Partnerships at NBCUniversal will keynote, and then kick off a timely media-buyers discussion on revenue opportunities in advertising and marketing featuring Denise Ocasio, Executive Director, Investment at Mindshare; Brian Doherty, SVP, Ad Sales, CW; and Mike Peretz, EVP, Ad Sales Revenue Management, A+E. 

International Production Takes Center Stage

The afternoon of the first day of NATPE will be dedicated to the inner workings of international content production. Teresa Fernández-Valdés, Executive Producer, Bambú Producciones, a STUDIOCANAL Company; Firat Gulgen, CEO and Founder, Calinos;; and Luca Bernabei, CEO and Producer, Lux Vide will be on stage for a session titled “Global Drama 2022: Where In-Language Originals Dominate.”

That will be immediately followed by a hotly anticipated conversation on the  transformation of international co-productions featuring Francoise Guyonnet, Executive Managing Director TV Series, STUDIOCANAL; Matt Creasey, EVP, Sales, Co-Productions & Acquisitions, Rest of the World, Banijay Rights; Ana Bond, SVP and Managing Director, International Production, Latin America, Sony; and Christian Vesper, President of Global Drama, Fremantle. 

Unscripted Execs Tackle the Changing Times

A staple of the NATPE Miami conference, the unscripted track will feature a keynote conversation with Kathleen Finch, Chief Lifestyle Brand Officer, Discover Inc., followed by a session on the shifting nature of the unscripted industry moderated by Bruce David Klein, Founder and Executive Producer, Atlas Media Corp., and featuring Ben Samek, President & Chief Operating Officer, Endemol Shine Americas; Max Einhorn, SVP, Acquisitions and Co-Productions, FilmRise; Elaine Frontain Bryant, EVP and Head of Programming, A+E Networks; and Courtney White, President, Food Network. 

Closing out the track will be a panel titled “Hot Global Formats and International Co-productions” presented by FRAPA (The Format Recognition and Protection Association) featuring CJ Yu, Head of Unscripted Development Global Formats, Amazon; Carlotta Rossi Spencer, Head of Format Acquisition, Banijay Group; Paul Gilbert, SVP, International Formats, ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group; Enrique Guillen, EVP, International Strategy, NBC Universal. The conversation will be moderated by Phil Gurin, President & CEO of The Gurin Company, and Co-Chairman FRAPA.

The Audio Explosion Joins NATPE Miami

A new addition to this year’s conference will be a session on growing audio content space produced in partnership with Podcast Movement and titled “How Television is Becoming a Part of the Podcast Movement.”  Becky Rho, Director of Podcast & Digital Production, HBO and HBO Max; Donald Albright, CEO, Tenderfoot TV;  and Aaron Hart, Head of TV/Film, Wondery, will discuss the value of podcasts as a springboard for television program development, as a way to build deeper connections with television audiences, and as an opportunity for television networks to create original content in a new medium. Rebecca Jarvis, Host and creator of “The Dropout” podcast and ABC News chief business, technology & economics correspondent will moderate. 

Mario Lopez Joins IRIS Awards Celebration

The Station Group Summit, a Day 2 concurrent track to the main stage sessions, is shaping up to be an amazing event. The recipients of the IRIS Awards were previously announced and can be found HERE. Mario Lopez, Actor and Host of Access Hollywood and Access Daily is now confirmed to join the iconic IRIS Awards as the presenter of the Lew Klein Leadership Award, which will be given to Valari Staab, President, NBCUniversal Local. More details on the panel sessions that will be presented as part of the Station Group Summit will be released in the coming weeks, available at 

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Said JP Bommel, President and CEO, NATPE, “This year’s conference focuses on new opportunities and new markets in streaming, international co-productions, financing and a ground-breaking session on advertising and monetization. As we return in-person, NATPE fulfills its mission to connect, educate and accelerate business opportunities across all platforms” 

Organizations that have confirmed attendance at NATPE Miami include A+E, Banijay Americas, Disney – ABC, Globo, Lionsgate, MGM, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Television, Univision, ViacomCBS, and WarnerMedia are among the companies confirmed to attend  the first major content event of the new year. Global streaming platforms such as Pluto, Tubi, and Redbox will participate as well.

With the health and safety of exhibitors, buyers, sponsors, honorees, partners and all registered attendees as top priority, NATPE will be following the highest standards and COVID-related protocols. Continually updated with guidance from the CDC, WHO and local authorities, and in effect for the entirety of the event, this flagship market & conference will require  proof of vaccination for all in attendance  at indoor events and at the outdoor tents for programmed sessions and meetings, and at designated NATPE Safe zones fully controlled by the event production team. For more information on NATPE Safe protocols please visit

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National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) is a global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events; all specially curated for the content industry. Representing every facet of the content business, NATPE’s rich history, spanning over five decades, cements its roots as the largest U.S.-based global content association. NATPE is committed to representing the needs of our evolving members and constituents across all platforms and to bringing them together to shape the future of the business of content. It organizes three trade shows: NATPE Miami, the #1 global content show in the Americas; LA Screenings Independents, with focus in Latin America and US Hispanic; and NATPE Budapest, the ultimate destination for companies targeting CEE and CIS.

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