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NATPE Announces Election of 2014 Chairs and Board of Directors

By: NATPE | September 16, 2013

NATPE Announces Election of 2014 Chairs and Board of Directors

Group Represents the Most Diverse Board in NATPE History, Representing All Critical Facets of the Content Business. NATPE - Content First President & CEO Rod Perth today unveiled the newly elected members of the 2014 NATPE Board. This Board is the most diverse group that the association has ever assembled, and they represent every corner of the content business, including executives from studio production, digital, advertising, station groups, international distribution and production, syndication, talent agencies, SVOD, and cable.

"We chose each of these board members because they are at the heart of strategic relevance for NATPE. Collectively they will contribute to our growth because they are experienced executives who are successfully managing businesses during this time of enormous change. NATPE is breaking down barriers by recognizing the interdependency of content, distribution, advertising, the international marketplace, and the narrowing divide between traditional and digital content. We are fortunate that this outstanding group will provide valued counsel as we continue to evolve as a 50 year old provider of internationally important markets and conferences," Perth said.

"Over the years, I've worked with many of these exceptionally talented executives, so we are colleagues that get to reconnect. Their voices will add enormous value to this organization." Perth added.

Newly elected members of the 2014 NATPE Board are Jack Abernethy, CEO, FOX TV Stations, New York; Joe Abruzzese, President, Advertising Sales, Discovery Communications, Discovery Networks, New York; Rola Bauer, President and Partner, Tandem Communications (Munich); Ira Bernstein, Co-President, Debmar Mercury, New York; Deborah Bradley, Senior Vice President, Head of Program Acquisitions and Content Licensing, Turner Broadcasting, Atlanta; Sean Carey, VP Content Acquisitions, Netflix, Los Angeles; Alberto Ciurana, President, Programming & Content, Univision Communications, Miami; Lisa Honig, SVP, Program Distribution, USA & Canada, Fremantle Media, New York; Craig Hunegs, President, Business and Strategy, Warner Bros. Television Group, Los Angeles; Andy Kaplan, President, Worldwide Networks, Sony Pictures Television, Los Angeles; Michael Kassan, President/CEO, MediaLink, New York and Los Angeles, and Lauren Zalaznick, Executive Vice President, NBC Universal, New York.

In addition, current Digital Advisory Board members Ross Levinsohn, CEO, Guggenheim Digital Media, Los Angeles; Erin McPherson, VP & Head of Video Programming and Originals, Yahoo!, Los Angeles; and Tim Spengler, Worldwide CEO of MAGNA Global, New York, are joining the overall board. Returning to the NATPE Board are Rob Barnett, Founder/CEO, My Damn Channel, New York; Kevin Beggs, Chairman of Lionsgate Television Group, Los Angeles; Emerson Coleman, Vice President, Programming, Hearst Television, New York; Stephen J. Davis, President, Hasbro Studios, Los Angeles; Cesar Diaz, Vice President, Sales, Venevision International, Miami; Robert Friedman, CEO, Bungalow Media & Entertainment, New York; Bruce David Klein, President/CEO, Atlas Media Corp., New York; Eminence Gris Lew Klein, President, NATPE Educational Foundation, Pennsylvania; Jordan Levin, CEO, Generate & Alloy, Los Angeles; Greg Lipstone, Partner, ICM Partners, Los Angeles; Rod Perth, President & CEO of NATPE, Los Angeles; Hans Schiff, Television Agent, CAA, Los Angeles; Peter Tortorici, President/CEO, Group M, Los Angeles, and Elizabeth Tumulty, Executive Vice President Affiliate Relations, CBS Television Network, Los Angeles.

The 2014 NATPE Executive Committee includes Chair Jordan Levin, Kevin Beggs, Emerson Coleman, Steve Davis, Bruce David Klein, Lew Klein and Rod Perth. Dick Lippin is Senior Advisor to the NATPE Executive Committee.

NATPE is the most important international "must-attend" Market and Conference held in the U.S. This year's theme, "No Barriers. New Business," reflects a commitment to creating a market for the linear and digital communities, as well as advertisers and brands. NATPE breaks down the barriers by setting new expectations and possibilities, and creates the environment where deals get done across every platform.

The annual Market and Conference will once again be held at the Fontainebleau Resort, Miami Beach (January 27-29, 2014). NATPE also produces two other annual events; NATPE - Europe (Summer, 2014) the premier market for the dynamic and evolving content industry centered in the CEE; and PitchCon (Los Angeles) a program development accelerator for new TV and digital video content ideas. Visit us at

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