NATPE Announces Lineup for TV Producers’ Boot Camp
LOS ANGELES, July 12: The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) will be holding its fifth annual TV Producers’ Boot Camp at the House of Blues and Comedy Store in Los Angeles on July 26 and July 27.
Designed to connect participants with chief development executives, television producers and agents by conducting panels, hands-on writing and media branding clinics, as well as pitch development sessions, the Boot Camp is the central event of the inaugural LATV Festival. “NATPE is delighted to once again provide the next generation of content creators with direct access to our industry’s most influential decision makers while at the same time offering development executives access to some of the most talented emerging producers,” said Rick Feldman, NATPE’s president and CEO.
“The hands on face-to-face networking opportunities over these two days are of tremendous value to both aspiring producers and companies seeking those who will help shape the future of our business across all platforms.” At the heart of the Boot Camp is an event called The Pitch Pit, in which writers and developers receive one-on-one pitch meetings with development executives from over 40 broadcast and cable networks, talent agencies, digital platforms and production and distribution companies. Among the organizations attending are Atlas Worldwide, Fox Reality, Granada America, Hallmark Channel, Hearst Entertainment, Lifetime and Starz.
To kick off the event, the Boot Camp State of the Industry session will open with a keynote address delivered by Sean Perry, the head of alternative television at Endeavor. He will be joined for a state of the union discussion by Denise Cramsey, executive producer on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition at Endemol USA; Thom Beers, the creator/executive producer of Deadliest Catch and Monster Garage at Original Productions; and Craig Piligian, the executive producer of UFC, Ghost Hunter and Dirty Jobs at Pilgrim Films & Television.
The speaker lineup also includes John Ferriter, the senior VP and worldwide head of nonscripted television at the William Morris Agency; producer Stuart Krasnow; David Lyle, the president of Fox Reality Channel; and Ian Moffitt, the VP of programming and content strategy at BBC Worldwide Americas, among others