Distribs return to NATPE

Major players will be back on show floor

Carsey-Werner-Mandabach, CBS Enterprises and Universal’s domestic and international TV divisions have been added to the list of major program exhibitors that will formally exhibit on the official conference floor during NATPE’s annual Conference and Exhibition next year.

The return of these distribs was announced Wednesday by NATPE prexy-CEO Rick Feldman.

The companies join fellow major U.S. distributors NBC Enterprises and Sony Pictures Television on the Sands Expo Center floor during the conference Jan. 18-20 in Las Vegas.

“I am gratified to have these major players in program distribution agree to exhibit on our conference floor at the Sands in January,” Feldman said. “Carsey-Werner-Mandabach, CBS Intl.-King World and Universal Television Distribution join a growing list of exhibitors at NATPE that are key to both domestic and international buyers.”

Recent editions of NATPE have suffered from the desertion of the floor by top domestic syndicators, who lamented the high cost of attending and variously set up shop in adjacent hotels surrounding the convention floor or didn’t attend at all.

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