Former The Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara said today that if you want to know why he suddenly lost his job on the hit show last year, he’s not your guy. “When people involved with the show are looking at the long-term plan, you know, they want something different. And what those differences are, you’d have to ask AMC,” he said Tuesday during a session at NATPE. Mazzara exited Walking Dead in December when AMC renewed the breakout series for a fourth season. “I was a hired gun coming in to support the creator of the show and, through odd circumstances, I ended up becoming the showrunner. I was just glad that I was able to contribute and not mess up the show, I see that as a win,” he added to laughs from the crowd. Earlier this month, Walking Dead supervising producer Scott Gimple was announced as Mazzara’s replacement. Mazzara was appearing on a panel in Miami with Lost co-creator/showrunner Damon Lindelof on the second day of the conference. The second part of The Walking Dead’s third season starts February 10.
Live television is more vital a platform than digital and new media, said Mark Cuban during a session on the opening day of the 50th anniversary NATPE/Content First conference. “The Internet is designed for everything but video. Television is designed for video,” Cuban said this morning in his keynote speech, moderated by CNN’s Poppy Harlow, during which he staked his ground in television over YouTube, smart TV and other emerging platforms and emphasized the growing role of “social television”.
NATPE Taps ‘Walking Dead’s’ Glen Mazzara, ‘Arrested Development’s Mitch Hurwitz & Ben Silverman As 2013 Speakers
The Walking Dead’s Glen Mazzara and Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz will be speaking at NATPE, association president Rod Perth said today. The two producers will be part of the conference’s Storytellers That Shape Pop Culture series. Other speakers …
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.
Modern Family co-creator Steve Levitan, Cops executive producer John Langley and BET CEO Debra Lee will receive the 10th annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award at next year’s NATPE conference, association president Rod Perth said today. “The criteria is about accomplishment, things that have truly contributed to the business in one way or another. It’s all about achievement and these people personify that,” Perth said during a conference call. The former USA Network president, who took over from Rick Feldman in May, said a fourth honoree would be announced later in the fall, as would the conference’s keynote speaker.
Rod Perth, a former president of USA Network and co-founder of ReelzChannel, has been appointed president and CEO of the National Association of Television Programming Executives. He will oversee the vision, strategic evolution, marketing, programming and financial/administrative operations of …
Los Angeles, CA, Feb. 7, 2012 – Rick Feldman, who has served as President and CEO of NATPE for the past nine years will segue, as planned, from his post at the end of his contract on April 30 into a three-year consultancy with the organization, it was jointly announced by Jordan Levin and Chris Grant, co-chairmen of NATPE.
NATPE has retained Korn Ferry to administer an executive search to select a new operating chief for NATPE. Feldman will assist with the transition.
The world is beating a path back to NATPE after the annual TV programming conference spent the better part of the last decade fighting for its survival. When NATPE’s 2012 Market & Conference unfolds January 23-25 in Miami Beach at the Fontainebleau Resort, it will feature in excess of 600 buyers, more than 200 exhibiting companies and some 5,500 attendees, NATPE president and CEO Rick Feldman estimated during a conference call with reporters this morning. That’s significantly greater interest than there was for the confab as recently as five years ago, Feldman stressed. “It’s not going to look like it did 15 years ago,” he was quick to add. “But relative to the market as it is today, we’ll be featuring the best contingent of domestic broadcasters that we’ve had in a very long time. From every single perspective — distributors, total attendees, buyers and advertisers — we’re either slightly to really nicely ahead of where we were. And a lot of the companies participating this time are new ones. If you look at the list, so many of them didn’t exist five years ago.” Also flocking back to NATPE after lackluster participation in recent years are the bigger agencies like UTA, CAA, WME and ICM, Feldman noted.
NBC Sports & Olympics chairman Dick Ebersol; ET host Mary Hart, who is retiring from the entertainment newsmagazine after 30 seasons; veteran talk show host Regis Philbin and RTL CEO Gerhard Zeiler will receive NATPE’s 8th annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award. It will be presented on Jan. 25 during the NATPE 2011 …