Numbers up for NATPE

Org says year-to-year comparisons were up in several categories

NATPE has tallied up the numbers from its recent Miami confab and the results are promising.

The National Assn. of Television Program Executives org said year-to-year comparisons were up in several categories, including total attendees. Last year 4,502 attended and this time 5,122 ventured to South Florida for the January three-day conference.

There was also a slight jump in buyers — 823 up from 702 — and a marginal increase in companies attending.

“These figures confirm NATPE’s expanding reach and significance, and the strength of the global content marketplace overall,” said NATPE CEO-president Rick Feldman. “We are gratified to see this terrific response from the content community, and proud to create an environment that both serves and drives this business.”

Last week Feldman announced he was stepping down from his position after nine years leading the NATPE charge. He will transition to a consultancy position with the org when his contract expires at the end of April.

After being in Las Vegas for many years, NATPE has made Miami its recent home and will return there in 2013.