NATPE Miami To Relaunch Iris Awards
The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) today announced that it will bring back the iconic IRIS Awards in January. The first honorees Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury co-presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein receiving the Career Achievement Award; Perry Sook, receiving the Lew Klein Leadership Award; and the weekly syndicated political show Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien receiving the Iris Award of Excellence.
All of the honorees will be on hand to accept their awards during the annual Station Group Summit at NATPE Miami on Jan. 22, 2020.
NATPE’s Iris Awards were created to recognize best-in-class executives, program producers, creators, talent and importantly content that makes a significant impact on the industry and our culture. In 2020 the organization once again honors recipients it feels demonstrate excellence in the world of the broadcasting industry.
“NATPE is at the center of content and it starts with the amazing programming and leadership from an emboldened station group community” said JP Bommel, president-CEO of NATPE. “Bringing back the Iris awards, once iconic to NATPE, celebrates creativity, innovation and great vision locally and globally as technology brings it home anywhere around the globe”
Perry Sook, the president-CEO of Nextstar Media Group, will also be delivering the keynote address at the Station Group Summit, which will include a special data-focused presentation from Nielsen and a session covering the innovative and technical changes happening in the industry.
NATPE will announce additional industry leaders in the coming weeks. NATPE Miami is scheduled for Jan. 21-23, 2020, at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami.
Beyond having a Station Group Summit on Wednesday, NATPE is slated to welcome attendees from every corner of the content industry. Additional content tracks include Streaming Plus, Brands x Content, International and Unscripted.
The Iris Awards will join the 17th edition of the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards at NATPE, slated to honor industry luminaries and top talent in a dinner gala on Wednesday, Jan. 22, and the second annual Global TV Demand Awards, presented by Parrot Analytics, which recognize the most popular TV shows in the world on Tuesday, Jan. 21. All three will take place at the Fontaine Ballroom of the Fontainebleau Hotel
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