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NATPE scores industry names for Vegas confab

Feldman put together agenda for convention

NEW YORK — National Assn. of TV Program Executives has lined up a couple dozen industry heavyweights for panels during next month’s convention in Las Vegas, tackling such subjects as the maturing of cable networks, the future of over-the-air broadcasting and how to succeed as an indie producer.

“I am confident that the number and quality of participants this year will reconfirm NATPE’s relevance in the marketplace,” said Rick Feldman, president and CEO of the association.

Feldman put together the agenda for the convention with the help of NATPE co-chairmen Stephen Davis, president of Granada America, and John Weiser, president of distribution for Sony Pictures TV. The convention takes place in Las Vegas Jan. 25-27.

A partial list of speakers includes Ted Turner, founder of CNN and Turner Broadcasting; Jim Wiatt, chief operating officer of the William Morris Agency; Bill Cella, chairman of Magna Global U.S.; Michael J. Copps, commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission; Mark Cuban, co-founder and chairman of HDNet; and Dennis FitzSimons, chairman of the Tribune Co.

Also: Bonnie Hammer, president of the USA Network and Sci Fi Channel; Ted Harbert, prexy-CEO of the E! Networks; Mark Kaner, president of Fox Intl.; Peter Liguori, prexy-CEO of FX; Jon Miller, CEO of AOL; Bruce Rosenblum, executive VP of Warner Bros. TV Group; Nancy Tellem, president of CBS Entertainment; and Anthony Vinciquerra, president and CEO of the Fox Networks Group.

Recipients of the second annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards, handed out during a cocktail reception on Jan. 25 at the Mandalay Bay Resort, are Carole Black, the outgoing president and CEO of Lifetime Entertainment Services; Jim Burrows, the writer-producer-director; and Dick Wolf, the producer who created “Law & Order” and its spinoffs, among other shows.

The awards, recognizing “excellence and leadership in the creation of television programming,” are sponsored by Variety, Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News.

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