Coffee With David Janollari and Robert Greenblatt
8 a.m., Reef D
Janollari is president of entertainment for the WB, Greenblatt is president of entertainment for Showtime Networks
The Television Business: The U.S. Perspective 2005
8 a.m., South Shell Seekers
Geared toward NATPE attendees from emerging markets, this session gives a multifaceted overview of the American television landscape from the people involved.
The Next Big Thing
9 a.m., Ballroom K
Moderator: Larry Gerbrandt, senior associate, Alix Partners
Panelists: Mark Cuban, co-founder, HDNet; Fred Dressler, exec vice president, programming, Time Warner Cable; James Ramo, CEO, Movielink; Steve Shannon, founder, Akimbo Systems, Blair Westlake, corporate VP, Microsoft
Search for Tomorrow
11 a.m., Ballroom I
Panelists will address the growing presence, power and profitability of emerging audiences and changing demographic trends.
Moderator: Guy Garcia, journalist, novelist
Panelists: Elizabeth Cheng, VP, programming and communications, WCVB-TV Boston; Fernando Espuelas, chairman, Voy Group; Lee Gaither, exec VP, programming and production, TV One; Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, president, WICT
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FutureSpeak X 3
Noon, Ballroom K
Presentations from three original thinkers. Followed up with a Q & A with Rick Feldman, president, NATPE
Panelists: Jon Miller, chairman, AOL,; Ian Shepherd, managing director, Sky Interactive; Tom Wolzien, media and communications strategist, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.
Real Stories/Reel Competitive: Documentary Distribution Comes of Age
12:15 p.m., Ballroom K
Panelists: S. Leigh Savidge, Xenon Pictures; Devorah Cutler-Rubenstein; St. Clair Bourne, CEO, Chamba Media Works
The Independent Independent: How to Succeed
2 p.m., Ballroom K
Successful independent producers discuss their strategies to beat the system.
Moderator: Brian Lowry, media columnist/critic, Variety
Panelists: Kevin Beggs, president, Lions Gate TV; David Garfinkle, exec producer, Renegade ’83; Phil Gurin, executive producer, the Gurin Co.; Gay Rosenthal, president, Gay Rosenthal Prods.; Scott Sternberg, exec producer, Scott Sternberg Prods.
The American Dream: Connecting Hollywood and Bollywood
2:45 p.m., Ballroom I
Sheeraz Hasan shares his unique perspective on what it takes to achieve success in television from the ground up.
TV Producers’ Boot Camp: Will It Play in Peoria?
3 p.m., Reef D
Television executives discuss how they program series and specials that reach the maximum amount of viewers in the right timeslot.
Moderator: Ray Solley, consultant, the Solley Group
Panelists: Mary Ellen DiPrisco, VP, original programming, ABC SoapNet; Zig Gauthier, VP, original programming, GSN; Lynne Kirby, VP, alternative programming, Court TV; Jerry Leo, VP, program planning and scheduling, VH1; Edward R. Leon, VP, production, SiTV; Chris Newman, agent, William. Morris Agency
Mobilize Me! Content
3:30 p.m., Ballroom K
Panel discussion will include new business models for the production of TV content for the domestic and international mobile markets.
Moderator: Rio Caraeff, G.M.- president, Universal Music Mobile
Panelists: Frank Chindamo, president, Fun Little Movies; Russ Kagan, managing director, Proteus; Conrad Riggs, president, Mark Burnett Prods.; Elizabeth Sherman, consultant
Mobilize Me! Distribution
4 p.m., Ballroom K
Panelists bring added perspective to the debate on how best to monetize TV programming in a new wireless world.
Moderator: Rio Caraeff, G.M.-president, Universal Music Mobile
Panelists: Phillip Alvelda, chairman, Idetic/MobiTV; John C. Burris, director, wireless data services, Sprint PCS Consumer Marketing; Paul Palmieri, exec director, data services, Verizon Wireless; James P. Ryan, VP, consumer data services, Cingular Wireless
Champagne Production Values on an Independent Beer Budget
4 p.m., Reef D
These experts will teach you the tricks of how to add studio enhancements without breaking your independent budget or schedule.
Moderator: Don Cornelius, creator, “Soul Train”
Panelists: David Ellzey, president, Red Gypsy Animation; Jeffrey G. Gund, president, Jeffrey G. Gund; Erin O’Malley, line producer, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Da Ali G Show,” HBO; David Albert Pierce, entertainment attorney, Pierce Law Group; Doug Warner, senior VP, David Shapira and Associates.
Building Additional Value Into Your Programming
4 p.m., Ballroom I
Leading companies using the most useful interactive software will explain how it’s done.
Moderator: Ben Mendelson, president, ITA
Panelists: John Bryan, VP, business development, eMuse; Joseph Franzetta, senior VP, business development, Gold Pocket; Ron Geller, exec VP, Ascent Media; Dalen Harrison, CEO, Ensequence; Richard Titus, president, Schematic
TV Producers’ Boot Camp: Success Stories
5 p.m., Reef D
Leave NATPE inspired for the new year by ending the day hearing about several success stories.
Moderator: David Jenkinson, editor-in-chief/managing director, C-21
Panelists: David Carr, partner, BeanTown; H. John Mejia, CEO, In the Zone TV; John Moczulski, president, Barking Sheep Communications; Valerie Stillwell, CEO, Stilwell Holdings; Sue Warden, Decor Diva and TV host