LOS ANGELES, Oct. 29, 2012 – NATPE President & CEO Rod Perth today announced that prominent investor Mark Cuban, owner-chairman of AXS TV (formerly HDNet) and owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, will serve as the opening keynote speaker at the organization’s milestone 50th anniversary market and conference, to be held Jan. 28-30 at Miami Beach’s Fontainebleau Resort. Mr. Cuban’s session will kick off the three-day event built around the theme of moving “Beyond Disruption.” Mr. Cuban’s keynote conversation with CNN’s Poppy Harlow will headline the Game Changers track at NATPE||Content First, which spotlights leaders from some of the world’s top companies that have continually challenged mainstream thinking.

Other speakers in the Game Changers track include Erin McPherson, vice president and head of video, Yahoo!; Rhonda Shantz, vice president, Global Brand Marketing and PR, Norton; Jamie Byrne, global head of content strategy, Google/YouTube; Chris M. Williams, chief development officer, Maker Studios; David Pakman, partner, Venrock; Richard Greenfield, analyst, BTIG; Betsy Morgan, CEO/president, TheBlaze; Bill O’Dowd, President, Dolphin Entertainment; and David Freeman, co-head of the Brand Coverage Group, Creative Artists Agency.

Stephen Lambert, chief executive of Studio Lambert, will serve as the international keynote speaker on day three of the conference to kick off the Global Navigators track. Other speakers focused on international content and programming—including channels, formats, global production solutions and cross cultural brand strategies—are Alberto Ciurana, president, programming and content, Univision Networks; Jacqueline Hernandez, chief operating officer, Telemundo Media; Philip Gurin, president, The Gurin Company; Philip Schuman, CEO and co-founder, HighView Media; and Brad Kania, head of content distribution, Samsung Electronics, among others.

The Storytellers That Shape Pop Culture session will feature Howard Gordon, executive producer of Showtime’s Emmy® Award-winning drama series Homeland; Dick Wolf, creator and executive producer of NBC’s Emmy Award-winning Law & Order franchise and head of Wolf Films; Anthony E. Zuiker, creator of the hit CBS drama series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; and Tim Kring, creator of Touch and Heroes.