The NATPE conference is moving to the Bahamas for its 2023 edition, leaving its longtime home in Miami for a resort town about 50 miles southeast of Florida’s south coast.
The National Association of Television Program Directors will hold its annual meeting in Nassau at the Baha Mar Resort and Convention Center from January 17-19. The move to a group of islands outside the United States is a swing to reinvigorate interest in the annual gathering which has seen attendance decline in recent years amid turmoil in the wider television industry. NATPE will celebrate its 60th anniversary next year.
“After several months of research and discussions with our partners, we have given the green light to the move to this bold new destination. Our goal is to ensure that we deliver added value and new revenue opportunities to participants across the content ecosystem,” said JP Bommel, President and CEO of NATPE.
NATPE was once defined by the generosity of major studios and independent producers who erected giant booths and large facilities to sell TV shows to local TV channel buyers. Today, the bulk of local TV channel buying is controlled by half a dozen major channel groups and their managers. In response, NATPE is focusing on providing a framework for small client group meetings and business-to-business meetings.
“With hundreds of new exhibition and activation options and over forty dining and entertainment venues across three hotels, Baha Mar is perfect for the business meetings and networking that has made NATPE a staple in the industry. industry for decades,” Bommel said. “Most importantly, we got cost savings and safety measures that will make this a great experience for everyone. The response from our community is not only enthusiastic, but charts a clear course for on-site sales meetings with their global teams. »
NATPE said January’s conference will revolve around the theme “Content, Networking and Monetization.” The organization promised “exclusive curated meetings with buyers focused on drama, unscripted, children’s and factual programming, providing access to global distributors and producers keen to navigate the international acquisition market.”
(Pictured: A panel discussion with top TV executives at the 2016 NATPE conference.)