Ben Silverman’s Electus International has secured global distribution rights for three unscripted series from Spike TV and will be selling them during NATPE 2012 January 23-25 in Miami. The series are foreclosed house-flipping show Flip Men, historic relic scavenger hunt American Digger and Car Lot Cowboy. The latter is a new show that follows Tom Stuker as he travels around motivating troubled car dealerships. Slated to air on Spike TV in April, Car Lot Cowboy is produced by Electus and 5×5 Media in association with Vem’s Sweatshop Media.
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: