Bart, Guber to host ‘Coffee’ at NATPE

Confab sets sesh table

More big names have signed up to participate in the upcoming NATPE confab in Las Vegas Jan. 18-20.

Variety editor-in-chief Peter Bart and Mandalay Entertainment founder-head Peter Guber, who front AMC talkshow “Sunday Morning Shootout,” will jointly host NATPE’s popular morning “Coffee With…” sessions.

Bart and Guber co-wrote “Shoot Out: Surviving Game and (Mis)Fortune in Hollywood.” Sponsored by AMC, “Coffee With’s…” featured guests will be announced shortly.

CNN’s Larry King will moderate the panel “Loose Cannons: They Say What They Mean and Mean What They Say.” The event, scheduled to take place the morning of Jan. 19, will feature Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, CBS Enterprises CEO Roger King, syndie gabber Jerry Springer and former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura discussing politics and the state of the media industry.

Other individuals scheduled to speak at NATPE 2004 include WB Network chairman-CEO Jamie Kellner, scheduled to sit alongside Jon Mandel, global buying officer of MediaCom, and Ken Ziffren, co-founder and partner of Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca, Fischer, Gilbert-Lurie & Stiffelman. They’ll appear on the panel “Is Free TV Worth Saving in a 500-Channel World?” That session also will unspool Jan. 19.

June Dromgoole, head of program acquisitions for Britain’s Channel 4, will speak during the Jan. 18 panel “The Hit Seekers.” She’ll be flanked by Chum TV prexy-CEO Jay Switzer, TF1 acquisitions topper Remi Jacquelin, TV Azteca acquisitions topper Pedro Lascurain and RAI Sat chairman Carlo Sartori.

On Jan. 18, NATPE and Mip TV jointly sponsor the panel “German Television: What Lies Ahead?” featuring Paramount Intl. TV prexy Gary Marenzi and ProSiebenSat1 prexy-CEO Urs Rohner. Event, moderated by Variety executive editor Elizabeth Guider, marks the first time NATPE and Reed Midem have worked together on a joint event.

NATPE also announced additional subjects of its “Chat Room” sessions, including Bertram Van Munster, co-creator and co-exec producer of “The Amazing Race”; Brenda Hampton, creator and exec producer of “7th Heaven”; and TV personality Robin Leach.

“We are working full-time on putting together an entertaining and enlightening agenda, and we’re attracting top-level execs and talent that will offer our attendees a rich and interesting experience,” NATPE prexy-CEO Rick Feldman said. “Stay tuned, there’s more to come.”

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