The Last Day NATPE 2012 and the Future

rick_feldmanBy: Valerie Milano

Miami Beach, FL (The Hollywood Times) 2/12/12 – The NATPE 2012 conference was held in January at the beautiful Fountainebleu Hotel in Miami Beach brought HT the chance to chat with President and CEO, Rick Feldman.

Last year Feldman told attendees ““Moving to Miami in 2011 was a great success for the international community we serve and we received overwhelmingly positive responses from those who attended,” said Feldman. “We saw a big increase in attendees from the United States, Europe and Latin America and every indication has been that a considerable amount of business was done.” Continue reading “The Last Day NATPE 2012 and the Future”

Tartikoff Legacy Awards @ NATPE 2012

Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award Honorees with widow Lilly Tartikoff and NATPE president Rick Feldman
Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award Honorees with widow Lilly Tartikoff and NATPE president Rick Feldman

By: Valerie Milano

Miami Beach, FL (The Hollywood Times) 1/25/12 – NATPE 2012 hosted the 9th annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards Tuesday evening on a lovely warm night atop the Fountainebleau hotel in Miami Beach and then preceding into the Glimmer Ballroom.  These awards are the biggest event at NATPE and press are welcome to attend but there is a price for Attendees and Exhibitors. Brandon Tartikoff was one of television’s greatest programmers and the awards were created to honor other professionals of vision and leadership in the spirit of Tartikoff. Billy Bush hosted the show and began by thanking Joe Schlosser from NBC Universal and the clip of Tartikoff’s life was shown with his wife Lily making her traditional speech afterwards. A particularly touching moment was Dick Ebersol, who earned the honor himself in 2011, presented to his friend Dennis Swanson who was responsible for creating “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and brilliantly running major local stations, among other accomplishments.  Ebersol calls him a friend as he was there for him when he lost his own son due to a plane crash. Chicago’s “Feelin’ Stronger Everyday” was playing as he approached the podium at which point he thanked his two bosses: Jack Abernathy and his wife, which gave the 200 audience members a good laugh. Other highlights included Kevin Beggs of Lionsgate presenting to Matthew Weiner, creator of “Mad Men”, watching the video clip made by the cast and crew on his set without his knowledge. Weiner explained he wasn’t allowed to watch tv as a kid when his grades were bad and eventually turned a guilty pleasure into his life.  Jon Hamm ended the segment “You can take all of your Emmys and awards put them on top of your head” and pointing to his own face said, “It still won’t be this.” Other distinguished winners were: Cecile Frot-Coutaz & Fernando Gaitan.