All Systems Go For NATPE Miami


MIAMI — With captioning and metadata company Digital Nirvana confirming on Friday that it is attending IBC2021, even as companies including Viaccess-Orca have withdrawn from the affair, the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) has made it clear that it is moving full steam ahead with its NATPE Miami 2022 event — a major draw for television industry leaders and media brokers.

NATPE, the business association for content producers, distributors, streamers and buyers across all platforms, on Friday revealed its first programming details for its upcoming event, scheduled for January 18-20, 2022 at the sprawling Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach.

The main stage program’s first programming details include conversations and fireside chats with Bob Greenblatt, the former Chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment, Chairman of NBCUniversal Television Group, and founder of the production studio The Green Room.

Also in attendance, of course, is a figure who has roamed the halls of the Fontainebleau for years while rapidly growing his assets in broadcast TV: Byron Allen.

Among the other confirmed attendees set to appear in NATPE Miami sessons are Banijay Chairman of the Americas and Endemol Shine Holdings President/CEO Cris Abrego;
ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group President Dan Cohen; NBCUniversal President of Ad Sales and Partnerships Laura Molen; and veteran media analyst Jessica Reif Ehrlich (née Cohen), traditionally the first person to participate in the iHeartMedia quarterly earnings call Q&A period.

To say that NATPE sees “momentum” building for its flagship event is an understatement. It made a point in its communication to the press on Friday that A+E, “Nick Cannon” TV show distributor Debmar-Mercury, Disney-ABC, Globo, MGM, Univision, ViacomCBS and WarnerMedia are among the companies confirmed to attend the first major content event of the new year.

Global streaming platforms such as Pluto, Tubi, and Redbox to participate as well.


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