NextGen TV Fest at NATPE Camp

Camacho to deliver Boot Camp's keynote address

The National Assn. of Television Program Executives is expanding the format of its annual Producers Boot Camp to include the NextGen TV Festival and Competition.

In addition, the Boot Camp’s state of the industry keynote address will be delivered by Michael Camacho, packaging agent and head of alternative television at CAA.

Speaking at the closing graduation luncheon will be Anthony Zuiker, exec producer of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “CSI: Miami” and showrunner and exec producer of “CSI: New York.”

Latest initiatives were unveiled Tuesday by NATPE prexy-CEO Rick Feldman.

The event will be held July 26-28 at the Bel Age hotel and other locations in West Hollywood.

Now in its fourth year, the camp will offer attendees a variety of panels, keynote speakers and hands-on clinics providing information on the development and production process.

Activities culminate with the Pitch Pit, an opportunity for face-to-face pitch meetings with development execs from broadcast and cable nets, talent agencies and production and distribution companies.

The NextGen TV Festival and Competition will kick off the event with winning entries to be screened at an industry cocktail reception on July 26 on the eve of Boot Camp and for the next two days on site.

Categories include one to six minutes of original content in animation, comedy, drama, mobile, factual and unscripted. Grand-prize winners will receive a cash award, a six-month mentorship, two pitch meetings, inclusion in the NATPE 2007 Video Wall and a complimentary registration to NATPE’s annual trade show in January in Vegas.

“User-generated content across all platforms will play a significant role in the future of our business, and it makes perfect sense for NATPE to honor those who are creating this imaginative material as part of the popular Boot Camp series,” Feldman said.

Confirmed speakers for the various seminars and clinics include “Mad TV” co-creator David Salzman; producer Byron Allen; producer Philip Gurin; cable consultant Ray Solley; Innovative Artists agent Pat Quinn; and writer-filmmaker Fernanda Rossi.

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