NATPE’s annual awards went to Byron Allen, Mara Brock Akil, Robert Greenblatt, Rita Moreno, Betty White and Henry Winkler.
Buoyed by the liveliest NATPE conference in about three years, a panel of top programming executives maintained that syndication must find ways to develop more shows with testing, partnerships, new financial models and multiplatform sales key to boosting development cost effectively.
Fox stations chief Jack Abernethy used NATPE to stress the importance of the new tech. Its rollout and the services it enables, he said, is being held back by broadcasters’ short-term thinking and their inability to work with each other and to grasp the technology’s non-TV potential.
Four months into their run as Co-Chairmen of NBC Entertainment, where they replaced Bob Greenblatt, George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy offered their first public comments about their roles and the TV landscape during a keynote session at NATPE.
Recipients were announced at a special luncheon ceremony hosted by Kellie Pickler and Ben Aaron during the annual NATPE conference.
Among a NATPE panel’s predictions: four global mega-companies, digital’s growing presence and cable’s declining influence, news and sports as key to traditional media’s survival.
The new syndicated daytime show from NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution will debut this fall on NBC O&Os plus stations from Scripps, Hearst, Meredith, Sinclair, Gray, Hubbard, Cox, Tegna, Nexstar, Capital, Dispatch, Graham Media, Block, Watermen, Weigel, Quincy, Bahakel and Bonneville.
Multiple CBS-owned stations are adding the new offering from MGM, including WLNY New York, WPSG Philadelphia, WUPA Atlanta, as well as CBS-owned stations in San Francisco, Tampa and Seattle.
Distributed by Twentieth Television, the new game show with Meredith Vieira, is slotted for debut this fall in 125 markets so far.
In addition to the previously announced ABC Owned Television Stations Group and Hearst Television stations, the show has been licensed to stations from broadcast groups for fall, including Cox, Sinclair, Scripps, Meredith, Tribune, Gray and Nexstar.