NATPE announces next TV competition


NATPE has announced its second annual Next TV Competition leading up to the association’s annual LATVFest in July where the winners will be honored.

Facilitated by, the pioneer of live streaming video and the largest live community on the Internet, the contest seeks to discover the best pilot for a new Web series or best episode from an existing Internet show in seven categories: branded entertainment, comedy, documentary / news, drama, lifestyle / do-it-yourself, long form (sponsored by YouTube) and reality / unscripted. Prizes include a six-month mentorship with a YouTube / Google Development Executive and Producer and the opportunity to co-produce a six-episode Web series on what’s happening in television and new media, which will play on the NATPE Web site,, NATPE’s YouTube Channel and other video sharing outlets.

Contestants can register and upload their submissions at by Friday, May 15, 2009. Finalists will be selected by the public through ‘American Idol’-style live Internet shows with live voting on, in addition to a panel of esteemed judges. Once the competition is narrowed down to the finalists, winners will be determined in another live voting show on NATPE will announce the category champions and one overall winner at a cocktail reception during LATVFest on Thursday, July 9 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in LA.

Sponsors by category include YouTube for Long Form; Moderati for Comedy; and E! Entertainment Television for Unscripted/Reality. Additional sponsors will be announced shortly.