After several years away, Sony Pictures Television will
again participate in the annual convention of the National Association of
Television Program Executives (NATPE), which is being held at the Fontainebleau
Hotel and Resort in Miami Beach this January.
SPT executives, who are shopping a new talk show, Queen
Latifah, to TV stations for fall 2013, will attend the show, but other than
that, SPT's participation in NATPE hasn't been decided yet. Other syndicators
-- such as CBS Television Distribution, Debmar-Mercury, Disney-ABC, Twentieth
and Warner Bros. -- exhibit at the show and take suites in the host hotel.
Neither SPT nor NATPE would comment.
Rod Perth was named NATPE's CEO and president in May, taking
over the job from Rick Feldman, who ran the organization from April 2003 until
last February. Prior to joining NATPE, Perth was the founder and president of
RHP Media Consulting. He also was co-founder and president of television for
ReelzChannel; president of Jim Henson Television Worldwide; and president of
USA Networks Entertainment.