The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) is set to double the size of its reality track in 2016, the trade organization announced Tuesday.
The group will add a second day to the track as industry professionals gather in Miami Beach for the annual market and conference from Jan. 19-21.
The expanded slate will include the 2nd Annual Reality Breakthrough Awards and the launch of the Reality Buyers Hall.
The Reality Buyers Hall will offer executives, producers, writers, creators and agents from all over the world a one-stop venue for meetings, networking, and the ability to interact with buyers, distributors, creators, producers and stars from every corner of the content business.
A blue-ribbon panel of judges will collectively select winners in each of the five categories for the Reality Breakthrough Awards. Judges include:
Meredith Ahr, EVP, Alternative Programming & Development, NBC Entertainment & Universal Television
Rod Aissa, EVP, Original Programming and Development, Oxygen Media
Carlos Bardasano, VP, Original Content, Univision Communications, Inc.
Todd Christopher, Partner, Chief Strategy Officer, The Gersh Agency
Denise Contis, EVP, Development and Production, Discovery Channel
Christy Dees, VP, Development, Bravo
Lauren Dolgen, EVP of Series Development, Head of Unscripted Programming, MTV
This year’s newly expanded NATPE campus will span both Florida’s Fontainebleau Miami Beach and neighboring Eden Roc resort, operating under the theme of “Be Creative. Be Fearless. Be Ready.” Attendees will be encouraged to be imaginative, tenacious and equipped to succeed in the constantly expanding, interdependent content community.