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NATPE noms Davis, Weiser as co-chairs

Four also nominated for board positions

Stephen Davis, prexy-CEO of Carlton America, and John Weiser, exec VP of Sony Pictures Television, have been nominated co-chairmen of the National Assn. of Television Program Executives.

NATPE prexy-CEO Rick Feldman also announced four new nominees to the org’s board of directors Monday: William Butler, VP of programming and promotion at Sinclair Broadcasting in New York; Ramon Escobar, exec VP of programming and production at Telemundo; Bonnie Hammer, prexy of the Sci Fi Channel, also in New York; and Jed Petrick, prexy-chief operating officer of the WB.

The nominations are pending formal ratification from NATPE’s voting membership during the association’s annual business meeting Jan. 20.

In their roles, Los Angeles-based Davis and Weiser will oversee NATPE’s executive committee, which is responsible for supervising the preparation of the association’s annual budget; advise the board of directors; and make recommendations on all organization business.

“I am very much looking forward to working with John, Rick, the entire NATPE staff and board on moving forward with making NATPE the finest industry organization in the global television business. I’d also like to thank Peggy Kelly for her role as NATPE’s chairperson these past 12 months,” Davis said.

“The NATPE organization provides an important touch point for TV executives,” Weiser said, “and I am pleased to be active in the newly revitalized efforts headed by Rick Feldman. It’s going to be a significant year for NATPE and I am thrilled to be working with this talented group of people.”

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