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NATPE Briefs: Bunim/Murray’s BMP Latin Sets Development Deals With Lauren Sanchez, Adam Rodriguez; Telemundo, Spain’s Reset TV Partner On Musical Competition Series

By | Monday January 27, 2014 @ 11:00am PST

adamrod1laurensanchez1Bunim/Murray Productions’ BMP Latin is partnering with Emmy-winning journalist Lauren Sanchez (Extra) and CSI: Miami‘s Adam Rodriguez on a slate of development deals for unscripted projects. Sanchez will exec produce and host syndicated talk show Generations (working title), featuring a multi-generational panel of Latin women discussing everything from personal issues to social and pop culture topics. Rodriguez has been slated to develop and exec produce numerous unscripted series, some of which will highlight his personal interest in social and philanthropic issues. BMP Latin is currently producing Combate Americas, the first Spanish language Mixed Martial Arts competition reality series for mun2. The company also has development deals with multi-platinum Latin Urban recording artist Daddy Yankee and the Leonardo Lopez family, a successful Mexican-American family living the dream in Encino, CA. Bunim/Murray produces The Real World, Project Runway and Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
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NATPE Chief Promises More Digital, Buyers, Exhibitors, Station Groups, And Advertisers — Plus Phil Rosenthal Quizzing James L. Brooks — At January Confab

Registration for both domestic and international buyers attending January’s 2014 NATPE conference in Miami Beach is pacing well ahead of andy-cohenlast year, with double digit growth, NATPE president and CEO Rod Perth said this morning,  citing more exhibitors, more buyers, advertisers, more stations groups, and a more prominent digital presence. Forty-four percent of the registered buyers are international, representing 46 different countries, and 28 station groups are participating this time, Perth said on a conference call with the press. At last count, there were 225 exhibitors — 34 of them attending NATPE for the first time, and five returning in January after years of absence, said Perth, who is in his second year at NATPE. For the second year in a row, each of the major studios will be at NATPE.  Exhibitors, meanwhile, come from 23 different countries, including increased participation from the UK, France, Spain and Germany, he said.

Oscar and Emmy-winning director/producer James L. Brooks will chat with Everybody Loves Phil-RosenthalRaymond creator Phil Rosenthal in a session at NATPE, joining Bravo’s Andy Cohen, Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman, documentarian Morgan Spurlock, and Boardwalk Empire exec producer Terence Winter in sessions staged during the confab’s The Storytellers Who Have Shaped Pop Culture track. Brooks is among those receiving the 11th annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award at the NATPE conference, held again at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach. New to NATPE, there will be a presentation of findings from a two-part independent research study commissioned by NATPE and the Consumer Electronics Association, in re how how and why consumers use second-screen devices to engage with video content. The first part of the findings will be presented at the 2014 International CES, where the focus will be primarily on technology, devices and the user experience. The second part, which will be presented at NATPE, will consist of qualitative research based on interviews with TV program producers and showrunners, examining how second screen affects the way they develop content and incorporate it into their programs.

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James L. Brooks, Jon Feltheimer, Lauren Zalaznick and Emilio Azcárraga Jean To Receive NATPE Tartikoff Award

By | Monday September 23, 2013 @ 12:04pm PDT

Grupo Televisa head Emilio Azcárraga Jean, veteran producer James L. Brooks, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer and NBCUniversal exec Lauren Zalaznick will receive the 11th annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award at next year’s NATPE conference. “We are honored to celebrate this extraordinary group of talented people who have made such remarkable contributions to the world of media,” said Perth. “We’ve chosen each of them because they’ve raised the bar of achievement, and are some of the absolute best in their fields of our business”, said NATPE President & CEO Rod Perth today in a statement. The Tartikoff Award is intended to recognize TV professionals “who exhibit extraordinary passion, leadership, independence and vision in the process of creating television programming”. The 2014 TV Market and Conference is set for January 27-29 at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach.

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NATPE Elects 2014 Board Of Directors

By | Monday September 16, 2013 @ 9:48am PDT

Newly elected members of NATPE’s 2014 Board announced today are Jack Abernethy, CEO, FOX TV Stations, New York; Joe Abruzzese, President, Advertising Sales, Discovery Communications, Discovery Networks, New York; Rola Bauer, President and Partner, Tandem Communications (Munich); Ira Bernstein, Co-President, Debmar Mercury, New York; Deborah Bradley, Senior Vice President, Head of Program Acquisitions and Content Licensing, Turner Broadcasting, Atlanta; Sean Carey, VP Content Acquisitions, Netflix, Los Angeles; Alberto Ciurana, President, Programming & Content, Univision Communications, Miami; Lisa Honig, SVP, Program Distribution, USA & Canada, Fremantle Media, New York; Craig Hunegs, President, Business and Strategy, Warner Bros. Television Group, Los Angeles; Andy Kaplan, President, Worldwide Networks, Sony Pictures Television, Los Angeles; Michael Kassan, President/CEO, MediaLink, New York and Los Angeles, and Lauren Zalaznick, Executive Vice President, NBC Universal, New York. Read More »

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NATPE: Glen Mazzara Says “Ask AMC” Why He Was Dropped From ‘Walking Dead’

By | Tuesday January 29, 2013 @ 11:42am PST

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.

Related: Kurt Sutter Slams “Small Minded” AMC Over ‘Walking Dead’ Showrunner Exit
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Mark Cuban Says Social Television Is The Future, Not Web: Video

By | Monday January 28, 2013 @ 1:15pm PST

Mark Cuban TVLive 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”. Read More »

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NATPE: Twentieth TV’s ‘Dish Nation’ Renewed For Second Season

By | Monday January 28, 2013 @ 6:52am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Twentieth TV-disrtributed freshman syndie strip Dish Nation has been has been renewed on the Fox Television Stations as well as  on Sinclair, Tribune, Cox, Meredith, Local TV and Lin stations. The announcement was made on Day 1 of this year’s NATPE confab. The half-hour entertainment news program features drive-time radio personalities from various markets riffing on what’s hot and happening that day in pop culture. According to Twentieth TV, in the most recent ratings period, Dish Nation tops all new first-run programs, including Steve Harvey and Katie, ranking No. 1 among adults 18-34 and is tied for No. 1 among adults 18-49. Additionally, Dish Nation, the youngest-skewing first-run syndication program, has grown to 1.3 million viewers in January — an +18% increase since its September premiere week. It is produced by Studio City. Dish Nation is the latest syndie freshman to be renewed for second season, joining NBCU’s Steve Harvey and Trisha Goddard.

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NATPE Taps ‘Walking Dead’s’ Glen Mazzara, ‘Arrested Development’s Mitch Hurwitz & Ben Silverman As 2013 Speakers

By | Wednesday December 12, 2012 @ 10:10am PST

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 announced for the January 28-30 conference at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach include Electus chairman Ben Silverman, Larry King, Clear Channel Entertainment Enterprises’ president John Sykes and Frasier executive producer/creator Peter Casey. Shine America president Eden Gaha, MundoFox president Emilliano Saccone and Tele Muchen Group chairman Herbert G. Kloiber, who is NAPTE 2013 Brandon Tartikoff Legacy winner, will also be among the speakers. Mark Cuban had previously been announced as the keynote speaker for the 2013 conference, which marks NATPE’s 50th anniversary. 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. Perth also said the confab has almost 300 exhibitors signed up, including every major studio. “There are 27 exhibitors brand new to NATPE,” he said on a conference call this morning. “The floor is completely sold out.” He added that the conference is up 31% in qualified buyers from last year. Perth lamented that the Realscreen conference in Washington DC is happening at the same time as NATPE. He said the same scheduling snafu will occur again in 2014 but that the two conferences hope to ensure the conflict won’t happen again.

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Mark Cuban To Give NATPE Keynote

By | Monday October 29, 2012 @ 2:44pm PDT

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.

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NATPE Promotes Operations Exec

By | Friday September 28, 2012 @ 10:47am PDT

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 28, 2012 – NATPE||Content First has promoted Pamela Silverman to Director of Operations and Exhibitor Services. In her new role, Silverman will be responsible for both sales duties and operations for all NATPE events. She joined NATPE full-time in 2005 and most recently served as Manager of Operations and Event Services. Prior to that, she was NATPE’s Administrator for Conference Operations & Sales.

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Steve Levitan, John Langley & Debra Lee To Receive NATPE Tartikoff Award

By | Tuesday September 18, 2012 @ 10:08am PDT

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. Read More »

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Longtime TV Exec Rod Perth Named NATPE President & CEO

By | Tuesday May 22, 2012 @ 9:47am PDT

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 the organization and replaces Rick Feldman, who stepped down in February after nine years in the post. “Combined with his vast network of relationships and senior management skills, we believe Rod is ideally suited to evolve NATPE into a dynamic global organization relevant to all who touch content,” said the trade group’s co-chairs Jordan Levin and Chris Grant. “His imprint will be on next year’s conference in Miami, which marks NATPE’s 50th anniversary. It will recognize the considerable milestones in our business and serve as a springboard into our new initiatives for the future.” Korn/Ferry conducted the search on NATPE’s behalf. Most recently, Perth founded and RHP Media Consulting, specializing in digital media, broadcast, cable and new-media initiatives. He began his career with the CBS Television Stations Group, where he rose to run late-night programming at CBS. He also is an adjunct professor at USC’s Film School.

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Rick Feldman To Step Down As NATPE President & CEO, Will Stay As Consultant

By | Tuesday February 7, 2012 @ 1:38pm PST
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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.

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NATPE Brass Tout Rising Attendance For 2012 Conference After Decade-Long Slump

By | Tuesday December 13, 2011 @ 12:26pm PST

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. Read More »

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Turner’s Phil Kent Keynote To Open NATPE

By | Tuesday November 15, 2011 @ 3:56pm PST

Turner Broadcasting System chairman and CEO Phil Kent has been tapped to give the keynote address on the first day of NATPE|Content First, the annual global content market for buyers and sellers that is set to run January 23-25 in Miami. The former CAA TV packaging agent oversees CNN/U.S., CNN International, CNN.com and HLN; TBS, TNT, Turner Classic Movies and truTV; Cartoon Network, and Adult Swim; and Turner Sports. “Because of all the content that Turner creates and distributes here and around the world, Phil is in a unique position from which to view the present and the future,” said NATPE president and CEO Rick Feldman, who made the announcement today. “He can speak to the creative and business challenges and can also speak to the vast global, multiplatform opportunities which are dramatically changing our business.” Below is a possible primer for Kent’s keynote: He and Warner Bros International Television president Jeffrey Schlesinger tackled the topic of the future of television during a panel at the just-wrapped Monaco Media Forum in Monte Carlo:

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NATPE’s Tartikoff Award To Foursome

By | Monday November 7, 2011 @ 9:47am PST

FreemantleMedia North American CEO and American Idol producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Colombian producer Fernando Gaitán, Fox president of station ops Dennis Swanson and Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner will receive the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award at the next NATPE Market & Conference. The annual confab is set for January 23-25 at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami; a cocktail reception to celebrate the honorees is January 24. The award recognizes professionals who “exhibit extraordinary passion, leadership, independence and vision in the process of creating television programming.”

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Netflix Aims To Outbid HBO For Warner Bros Films

By | Tuesday January 25, 2011 @ 9:54am PST

Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos today said that the company is poised to try to outbid HBO for Warner Bros films that currently go to the cable channel via the studio’s output deal. Speaking at the National Association of Television Programming Executives in Miami, Sarandos said, “We will be an aggressive bidder for that programming.” HBO’s current deal with Time Warner goes until 2014. Netflix and HBO have had a contentious relationship, with Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes claiming last month that Netflix really doesn’t have much muscle. In a New York Times interview, he said, “It’s a little bit like, is the Albanian army going to take over the world? I don’t think so.” On Tuesday, Sarandos, who reiterated that HBO’s real business is original content while Netflix is rooted in distribution, addressed Bewkes claims and said the real tension was due to the fact that, by joining the bidding, Netflix has the ability to drive prices up.

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NATPE NEWS: Debmar-Mercury Announces Daily Strip, Shine Int’l Signs Japanese Deal

By | Monday January 24, 2011 @ 10:34am PST
Nellie Andreeva

News is coming in from Miami where the National Association of Television Program Executives’ annual confab kicked off today:

Debmar-Mercury is taking Raycom Media and ITV Studios America’s weekend lifestyle newsmagazine America Now and turning it in a daily syndicated strip for a fall 2011 launch. Debmar-Mercury will distribute the show hosted by former Apprentice winner Bill Rancic in association with Bill Marcus’ 30 Steps. America Now, which debuted as a weekly series in October, airs on 43 stations in all 36 Raycom Media markets representing 12.6% of the country, including WOIO in Cleveland, WBTV in Charlotte and WXIX in Cincinnati.

Shine International has inked a development and production pact with Japanese entertainment conglomerate Yoshimoto Kogyo to develop, produce and distribute content for the US, Japanese and international market. Under the deal, Shine Group’s US production company Reveille will partner with Yoshimoto to create original unscripted formats for the United States and Japan, which will be distributed internationally by Shine Int’l. The first project under the pact is Spice of Life. Created and executive produced by actor Masi Oka (Heroes, Hawaii 5-0), it is  a variety/reality show featuring five hosts or commentators and a live studio audience, which has already been sold to Japanese broadcaster TBS. Shine Int’l's Chris Grant, Reveille’s Howard T. Owens and Yoshimoto Entertainment’s Aki Yohiro executive produce.

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NATPE Elects Chairs & Board Of Directors

By | Wednesday January 19, 2011 @ 9:24am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Chris Grant, President, Shine International, and Jordan Levin, CEO, Generate, have been elected NATPE 2011 co-chairs. Newly elected members of the 2011 NATPE Board are Rob Barnett, Founder and CEO, My Damn Channel; Cesar O. Diaz, Vice President of Sales, Venevision International; David Ellender, Global CEO, FremantleMedia Enterprises; Bob Friedman, President, Media and Entertainment, Radical Media; Greg Lipstone, SVP & Head of International TV and Media, ICM; John Morayniss, CEO, Entertainment One Television; Scott Sternberg, President, Scott Sternberg Prods.; and Elizabeth Tumulty, EVP, Distribution, The CW. Returning to the NATPE Board are Lisa Berger, EVP, Entertainment Programming, E!; Paul Buccieri, CEO and President, ITV Studios, Inc.; Nancy Dubuc, President & General Manager, Lifetime and History, A&E Television Networks; Luis Fernandez, President, Entertainment & Univision Studios; Phil Gurin, President, The Gurin Co.; Gary Lico, President & CEO, CABLEready Corporation; Neal Sabin, EVP, Weigel Broadcasting; Hans Schiff, Agent, Creative Artists Agency; Eric Schotz, CEO & President, LMNO Prods.; Peter Tortorici, CEO, GroupM Entertainment Worldwide.

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