NATPE unveils festival lineup

LATV Festival runs July 25-27

NATPE execs unveiled Monday an all-star lineup of screenings, a daylong confab on digital content, a so-called NextGen TV competition and gala parties for its inaugural LATV Festival July 25-27 at various locations in Los Angeles.

A number of top showrunners and producers will screen and discuss episodes of “Lost,” “The Office,” “Supernanny,” “Weeds” and “America’s Next Producer” during breakfast and evening sessions over the course of three days.

The LATV Festival is being crafted as an extension of the annual TV Producers Boot Camp. The event will present a citywide video content festival showcasing the work of Los Angeles’ multiplatform content producers and production community.

Among the activities, the Producers Guild of America is sponsoring a three-day breakfast series Wednesday to Friday at the House of Blues on Sunset. On Wednesday, showrunner Greg Daniels and line producer Kent Zbornak will discuss “The Office.” Thursday’s discussion will feature “Supernanny,” hosted by the reality series’ supervising producer Mark Allen and showrunner Craig Armstrong. Friday’s breakfast will offer a discussion of “Lost,” with co-showrunner Carlton Cuse and line producer Jean Higgins.

On Wednesday and Thursday at the Pacific Design Center, there will be evening screenings, kicking off with “America’s Next Producer” and remarks from creator Dan Cutforth, CEO of Magic Elves Prods.

Thursday’s screening will be “Weeds,” followed by a panel featuring Kevin Beggs, president, Lionsgate TV; “Weeds” exec producer Roberto Benabib; and Showtime Entertainment prexy Robert Greenblatt; among others.

The LATV Festival will include the second annual NATPE NextGen TV Competition, which recognizes emerging content creators.

Participants may enter one of three competitions, including half- and hour-long drama and comedy, shorts, and series’ ideas.

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LATV Festival Digital Day on July 25 at the Highlands will feature panels and demonstrations, including a session sponsored by Yahoo on capturing the digital consumer.

A number of parties are scheduled for entertainment and networking, including an opening-night gala at Raleigh Studios, co-hosted by LATV Festival and the Independent Television Festival.

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