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Grade, Pedowitz to Speak at NATPE 2006

Nov 1, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Michael Grade, chairman of the BBC, and Mark Pedowitz, president of Touchstone Television, are among the speakers scheduled for the 2006 National Association of Television Program Executives Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas.

Mr. Grade will deliver the NATPE convention’s keynote address, while Mr. Pedowitz will take part in a breakfast question-and-answer session.

NAPTE, whose convention will take place at the Mandalay Bay Resort from Tuesday, Jan. 24, through Thursday, Jan. 26, will hold its second annual NATPE Mobile ++ on Monday, Jan. 23, with the focus on licensing and monetizing television content for mobile distribution.

Additional programming scheduled for NATPE 2006 include panels on television’s Hurricane Katrina coverage, the 25th anniversary of Paramount’s “Entertainment Tonight,” and “Inside the Writers’ Room,” a presentation by “Everybody Loves Raymond” creator Phil Rosenthal.

The 2006 convention will be unique because all the major distributors will be selling new product, there has been a change in management at most of the major station groups and there is increased interest in the proliferation of new distribution platforms, NATPE co-Chair and Sony Pictures Television President of Distribution John Weiser said in a Tuesday press conference.

“There is a perfect storm of these things for the first time in quite some time,” he said.

The convention’s theme is “Digitize, Monetize, Capitalize.”