U joins retreat from NATPE floor

Syndies set up shop at nearby hotels

HOLLYWOOD — Universal will join at least four other syndicators in opting out of a traditional, costly exhibition booth at the upcoming National Assn. of Television Program Execs confab in Las Vegas.

The company instead will set up offices for its domestic and international operations at the Venetian Hotel on the strip.

Citing financial concerns, Warner Bros. Domestic TV Distribution, Carsey-Werner-Mandabach, Buena Vista Television and King World Prods. already have said they will attend NATPE but not invest in a floor exhibit. Those companies, too, are setting up at nearby hotels.

A Universal spokeswoman said that the company will maintain its promotional signage at the Las Vegas Convention Center, where NATPE will be held Jan. 21-24.

Paramount Domestic Television is expected to announce shortly its decision whether to exhibit on the NATPE floor.

Some syndicators still plan to exhibit on the floor, including Studios USA, Twentieth Television, NBC Enterprises, Columbia TriStar TV Distribution and Tribune Entertainment.

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