Endemol, Telemundo, NBCUniversal, Twentieth TV and Debmar-Mercury events turn up the heat in Miami Beach
Monday was party night at NATPE, with fetes spread around the South Beach area.
Endemol turned up the volume with its latenight affair at Liv at the Fontainebleau Hotel, where the confab runs through Wednesday. Singer Pitbull was a surprise guest with an announcement that he has signed a wide ranging deal to develop TV programming and digital franchises with Endemol. Chester See, rapper Ja Rule and Courtney Love performed short sets that kept the joint rocking well past midnight.
Telemundo took over South Beach’s trendy Story nightclub with a packed event that was complete with nearly naked (save for panties and pasties) gyrating female go-go dancers adorned with body paint. Disco balls and strobe lighting were in abundance — guests were given light-up wristbands that sprang to life at 10 p.m., flashing in time to the beats of Icona Pop’s “I Love It.” Telemundo talent was out in force, and reality TV fans buzzed about the appearance of Juan Pablo Galavis, ABC’s loose-lipped match-seeker on “The Bachelor.”
NBCUniversal brought “The Voice” season five winner Tessanne Chin out to entertain the crowd at its cocktail fete at Delano South Beach Hotel.
Twentieth Television threw a dinner at Soho House to schmooze TV station managers and cable buyers for the cause of selling the off-network rights to Fox’s “New Girl” and ABC’s Tim Allen starrer “Last Man Standing.” Zooey Deschanel and “New Girl” creator Liz Meriwether eagerly made the rounds of the folks who will likely soon be contributing mightily to their profit participation points.
NATPE itself hosted a confab kickoff party by the pool at the Fontainebleau Hotel early in the evening. And Debmar-Mercury got the long night of cocktails started at 4 p.m. with a meet-and-greet at its poolside cabana for Craig Ferguson, who will moonlight from CBS’ “The Late Late Show” as host of the syndie game show “Celebrity Name Game” starting in the fall.
Pictured: Check-in girls at Telemundo’s bash