Tuning In: Spending 36 hours in Las Vegas at the NATPE convention approximates Jack Bauer's annual "24" gantlet: An adrenaline rush at first, a letdown in the middle and, if you're lucky, exhausted…
Voiceover: The annual NATPE syndie sales bazaar managed to celebrate the past and to obsess about the future, without delivering much punch to the present.
What happened here at the 44th annual NATPE confab? At the last minute, syndicators zigged rather than zagged, which made for one of the more off-kilter trade shows in memory.
The three-day NATPE confab essentially climaxed Wednesday night with a sometimes racy, sometimes rollicking roast of former Warner Bros. syndie topper Dick Robertson.
Executive VP/General Manager HDTV and New Media, Discovery Communications, Inc. Clint Stinchcomb keynoted NATPE Thursday by saying, "There's zero doubt in my mind that the whole world will go HD."
The Video On Demand panel presented an insider's view of this growing platform to NATPE on Thursday. "You don't need to be afraid of the digital future," said Chris Pizzurro, VP Digital New Media Ad…
Ireland's Channel 6, that country's newest entertainment station, inked for CBS's syndie talker "Rachael Ray" for its daytime schedule.
The fifth TV France Intl. showcase organized for TV channels in the Middle East will be held in Dubai on Jan. 24 and 25 at the Dusit Hotel.
CABLEready has been named the official international distributor for Burrud Prods., in the process picking up the worldwide distribution rights to 42 series and specials from the company.
Though many may think new firstrun strips are the lifeblood of NATPE, it's renewals of shows already on the air that are dominating the syndication biz this go-round.