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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Bravo’s Andy Cohen To Step Down As Executive And Become A Producer, ‘Watch What Happens Live’ Renewed For 2 Seasons

By | Wednesday November 13, 2013 @ 7:04am PST
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: Andy Cohen has been walking that delicate line between being a top Bravo executive and one of the network’s most recognizable personalities. He won’t walk it anymore. Cohen is stepping down from his post as … Read More »

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UPDATE: Donald Trump Invites Vladimir Putin to Miss Universe Pageant Hosted By MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts

By | Friday October 18, 2013 @ 1:00pm PDT

UPDATE, 1 PM: On Today’s MSNBC Live, Thomas Roberts asked Miss Universe pageant co-owner Donald Trump asked if giving a thumbs up to his hosting gig, which is “professionally flying in the face of” Russian anti-gay laws, “change any of your prior public stances on marriage equality here in the U.S?”

“No, it doesn’t change,” Trump responded, adding that Roberts is “a wonderful guy.” Trump said he’s invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to the pageant, on November 9.  “I know for a fact that he wants very much to come, but we’ll have to see. We haven’t heard yet, but we have invited him.”

PREVIOUS: NBC News landed itself a great angle on a big news story when MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts signed to co-host the Miss Universe Pageant in Russia next month, joining NBC’s America’s Got Talent judge/“Spice Girl” Mel B. Roberts. “Courage is contagious. I have felt that way since coming out publicly in 2006,” Roberts explains on, saying he aggressively sought the gig. Roberts is replacing NBCU-owned Bravo’s Andy Cohen, who previously hosted the pageant but said he would not do so this time because of Russia’s recently passed anti-gay laws which left him concerned for his own safety and feeling that, as a gay man, he should not set foot in Russia. (The pageant is co-owned by NBC and Donald Trump’s organization.) Read More »

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‘Queer Eye’ Guys Reuniting On Bravo To Mark Show’s 10-Year Anniversary

By | Wednesday September 18, 2013 @ 2:55pm PDT

Queer Eye For The Straight Guy was a surprise hit when it premiered in July 2003, adding the “make-better” to the pop culture conversation and sending Bravo on its reality path. Now the cable channel is … Read More »

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Oprah No Match For Orange County Housewives On ‘Watch What Happens Live’

Oprah did well by Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live when she made her first visit to the show Thursday night – but she’s no Orange County housewife. An average of 969,000 viewers watched Oprah visit Andy Cohen’s program as part of her march across the talk-show landscape, plugging… Read More »

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Oprah Winfrey Talks OWN Network, Failure, And Symptoms Of Her Nervous Breakdown

UPDATE FRIDAY 2 AM: Oprah is all about carefully controlling her image at all times. But not this week when she made the media rounds to promote her return to the big screen in Read More »

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Meryl Streep And Her Surprising Loose Lips

By | Sunday August 12, 2012 @ 10:52am PDT

These days stars will do just about anything to publicize their movies. Still it was a surprise that triple Oscar winner Meryl Streep on behalf of Hope Springs would agree to appear on Bravo embarrassment Andy Cohen‘s … Read More »

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Octagon Adds Andy Cohen & David Stanley

By | Wednesday May 30, 2012 @ 10:28am PDT

Octagon Entertainment said today that Andy Cohen and David Stanley will join the sports and entertainment agency. Cohen, previously at Gersh, will become Octagon’s entertainment division’s VP. Attorney and longtime producer Stanley will run the division’s new production operation. Both will report to Octagon managing director John Ferriter.

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SNL Parodies Bravo TV Putz Andy Cohen

By | Sunday April 8, 2012 @ 1:54am PDT

Taran Killam does a decent sendup of Andy Cohen, whom I once described as The Single Worst Thing Airing On Bravo… Then again, everything on that trash network (except Top Chef) is now a complete embarrassment:

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Bravo Strips ‘Watch What Happens’, Shifts Host Andy Cohen’s Network Executive Role

By | Monday November 21, 2011 @ 4:13pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Bravo will strip its semiweekly interactive talk show Watch What Happens: Live five nights a week starting Jan. 8. Hosted by Bravo executive Andy Cohen, the sixth season of the show, which started off as blog that spawned a … Read More »

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Bravo Elevates Andy Cohen To EVP

By | Tuesday December 14, 2010 @ 11:48am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Andy Cohen, a rare combination of a programming executive who is also a TV/Internet personality, has been promoted to EVP of original programming and development at Bravo. Cohen will continue to oversee the network’s current development and production slate coming … Read More »

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Small Glimpse Behind-The-Scenes Of Bravo

Who else wonders if, under Comcast, NBC Universal will continue to let the awful Andy Cohen run Bravo like his private playground. His awful interviews… His awful talk show… And, of course, the awful way he fills the channel with his friends. … Read More »

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Bravo Ups Eli Lehrer To VP Development

Nellie Andreeva

Eli Lehrer was promoted to VP development for Bravo Media. Leher will now be based in Los Angeles and will oversee development for Bravo on both coasts, reporting to Andy Cohen, SVP original programming and development (and Bravo on-air personality). Lehrer was previously VP development and production, East Coast since … Read More »

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