NATPE Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) has reportedly filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The longtime trade group cited financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to the cancellation of numerous conferences and events, contributed to the decision.

“NATPE, like many other professional organizations, has been adversely impacted by the COVID pandemic, which prevented NATPE from holding events, which typically generate significant revenue,” the organization said in a statement. “These cancellations forced NATPE to operate on its financial reserves, which now require it to reorganize the NATPE business structure.”

NATPE, which targets television station owners, including syndication outlets globally, still plans to hold it U.S. showcase event in the Bahamas (moved from Miami) in 2023, in addition to a planned European event in Budapest, Hungary.

“For almost 60 years, NATPE has been the leading global professional association for content producers, distributors, developers, streamers and buyers across all distribution platforms,” read the statement. “NATPE is optimistic that it will emerge from the reorganization process in the same position.”

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Paramount Global’s Tom Ryan Given Inaugural NATPE Award for Leadership in Global Streaming

Tom Ryan, president/CEO of Paramount Global Streaming, was awarded the National Association of Television Program Executives’ (NATPE) inaugural “Award for Executive Leadership in Global Streaming” Sept. 29 at the NATPE Streaming Plus confab at the W Hotel in Los Angeles.

Ryan, who co-founded Pluto TV and then sold it to the former ViacomCBS for $340 million in 2019, was joined on stage by senior Paramount streaming executives, in addition to video and live speeches and tributes from Drew Barrymore, Paramount Global CEO Bob Bakish, Rick Lewis (USVP/first investor in Pluto TV) and Jeff Shultz, chief business officer and chief strategy officer for Paramount Streaming.

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Also in attendance were Rick Lewis, general partner, USVP; Vibol Hou, CTO of Paramount Streaming; Tanya Giles, chief programming officer for Paramount Streaming; George Cheeks, president and CEO of CBS Entertainment, and chief content officer for news and sports at Paramount +; Nicole Clemens, president of Paramount Television Studios and Paramount + original scripted series; and Rob Gellick, chief product officer for Paramount Streaming.

NATPE Miami 2022 Announces COVID-19 Protocols

Organizers of the NATPE Miami 2022 confab, taking place Jan. 18-20, have announced COVID-19 protocols for the show.

“With the health and safety of exhibitors, buyers, sponsors, honorees, partners and all attendees as top priority, NATPE will be following the highest standards and COVID-related protocols,” read an email from organizers. “Continually refined with guidance from the CDC, WHO and local authorities, and in effect for the entirety of the event, this will include, among other things: mandatory proof of vaccination for all attendees, outdoor tents for sessions and meetings, and designated NATPE safe zones fully controlled by the event production team and the specially appointed Director of Safety and Health.”

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During the event, attendees, who must be vaccinated,  have access to free optional testing. Those who take advantage of the daily testing will receive identification (i.e. wrist badge) of their negative COVID test. Individual exhibitors and sponsors may choose to require testing in order to meet with their staff.

Whip Media and NATPE Launch New Report on Domestic Consumption of International TV Series

Software platform and data provider Whip Media and the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) have announced a partnership to provide a new data report on how U.S. audiences are consuming international TV series.

The new NATPE Navigator report highlights what original content produced outside the U.S. is among the most viewed domestically, according to Whip. It is available every other week on the NATPE, and Whip Media websites and will be distributed in the NATPE newsletter.

Netflix’s Spanish series “Money Heist” topped the first report for Sept. 6-19.

The NATPE report is compiled utilizing Whip Media’s proprietary global panel of consumers who report what programs they follow and watch and, further, how they feel about those shows, according to Whip. The panel is made up of 18 million viewers in more than 170 countries and provides data on more than 4.5 million movie and TV episodes on 1,100 global platforms.

The NATPE Navigator ranks the top 10 most viewed non-U.S. TV series among U.S. viewers. According to Whip, the report also provides a snapshot of a specific global title, including who is watching it, how people feel about it, what else they are watching, and where that title is available on SVOD services globally based on real-time streaming availability data provided by Whip Media’s partner, BB, a media intelligence and content distribution researcher.

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“We at NATPE are proud of our position as a resource for this industry that has seen countless changes to the global content marketplace and are always looking for new ways to provide additional insights and guidance to our members,” J.P. Bommel, president and CEO of NATPE, said in a statement. “This partnership with Whip Media will do just that, and we are eager to see the results of their study as we continue to navigate the shifts our industry is going through.”

“With the growing consumer demand for new TV series and movies, content is no longer staying within its originating territories, but it’s still difficult to predict hits and what content will resonate with local viewers,” Carol Hanley, president of Whip Media, said in a statement. “We’re excited to partner with NATPE to provide this new actionable data to the industry along with insights on how to fill gaps in their programming in a marketplace now unbound by geography.”