Quicktakes: How did this year’s NATPE compare to past years’ conventions?

Feb 3, 2008  •  Post A Comment

“NATPE is suffering from an identity crisis. Perhaps they should consider bringing in the various digital platforms to exhibit alongside with the content distributors. Every day we hear about new technology platforms that need content. NATPE could facilitate those introductions.”
Neil Goldberg, chief operating officer, Akimbo Systems
“International programming and formats have become increasingly important at NATPE. I expect the trend will continue and that the market will evolve to meet the needs of a new generation of television distributors and producers.”
Laura Civiello, vice president of development, G4
“Years ago, NATPE is where we all learned about new shows for the networks’ fall lineup. Today, we’re concerned about filling programming voids left vacant due to the writers strike, we’re adapting existing formats for broadcast and cable, we’re repurposing formats for phones, the Internet and even retail sales, we’re seeing more opportunities in all languages. NATPE is now multidimensional, multiregional and multipurpose.”
Deeny Kaplan, executive vice president, The Kitchen

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