Chindamo, Greenfield among skedded guests

NATPE unveiled Wednesday its lineup of speakers and Pitch Pit Catchers for the fourth annual TV Producers’ Boot Camp, which will take place in Los Angeles July 27-28.

The event aims to provide participants with an all-encompassing view of the development and production process through a variety of panels, keynote speakers and hands-on clinics. Attendees will also have the opportunity of face-to-face pitch meetings with development execs from leading broadcast and cable networks, talent agencies and production and distribution companies.

Creative Artists Agency tenpercenter Michael Camacho will kick off the event with a State of the Industry address.

NATPE prexy-CEO Rick Feldman unveiled the list of speakers:

  • Frank Chindamo, prexy of Fun Little Movies, in the workshop “Making Mobile Content — Great Concepts, Scripts and Shooting Techniques”;

  • Jeff Greenfield, EVP of Green Tentacle, in the session “Hollywood 101: Buzz Marketing: How to Become the Next Big Thing in Hollywood”;

  • Scott Agostoni, agent at William Morris, and Cal Boyington, head of Alternative TV at Paradigm, in the “Business and Industry: Hollywood’s Power Players — Agents & Managers” panel;

  • Stephen Davis, prexy of Mobile and Online Media at InfoSpace, and Jim Urick of Starz Entertainment in the panel “Business and Industry: NextGen Distribution Channels”;

  • Elise Doganieri and Bertram van Munster, both co-exec producers of “The Amazing Race,” in the session “Hollywood 102: Reality — Crafting the Unscripted Story.”

Panels taking place on Thursday will explore a vast array of topics, among them the nuts and bolts of producing mobile content; methods behind delivering a winning pitch; branding strategies for broadband channels; inside tips on how to break into the business; and the advantages of buzz and word of mouth marketing campaigns for new and existing programming.

During Boot Camp on Friday, participants will throw out their best pitches in one-on-one meetings to confirmed Pitch Pit Catchers from two dozen companies including BET, CBS Paramount Intl. TV, Lifetime, SiTV and Vin di Bona Prods.

There will also be chat sessions with Byron Allen, chairman-CEO of Entertainment Studios, and Greg Spiridellis, co-founder of JibJab Media.

The price for the two-day event, held at West Hollywood’s Bel Age hotel, is $410 for NATPE members and $630 for non-members. Exhibit opportunities, a breakfast and lunch, and a Thursday networking cocktail party dubbed Sunset over Sunset are also part of Boot Camp.

A complete agenda and list of speakers is available at

Feldman also announced the winning entries from NATPE’s NextGen TV Fest and Competition who will be honored at a reception and networking event Wednesday at the Interpublic Emerging Media LAB.

Winner of the Festival Grand Prize, underwritten by the Lippin Family Trust, is Phil Travis of Georgetown, Ontario, Canada, who will receive a cash prize. Travis won the comedy category.

Other category winners: Animation — Adam Scheff, Overland Park, Kan.; Documentary — Eva Saks, New York, N.Y.; Drama — Joren Kandel, Cedarville, Ohio; Lifestyle — David Dowell, Los Angeles; and Personal POV — Lori Harfenist, New York City.

More than 200 entries were received.

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