Rod Perth will remain in the trade group’s top slot through February 2016, oversee the transition to new leadership and then join NATPE’s board of directors.
With the 2014 NATPE market and conference wrapping up on Wednesday, the organization’s president and CEO Rod Perth and chairman Jordan Levin touted growth in attendance and buyers — though they declined to give any specific numbers. Perth also laid out plans for the 2015 market, which moves to earlier in January.
Attendance looks to be up once again. CEO Rod Perth praised keynoter Mark Cuban (“Now, he’s all about TV. He used to be about the Internet.”) The conference was lively and there were clearly buyers buying content and sellers selling content. Among the announcements were a summer test of a Kris Jenner talk show and strong clearances for Arsenio Hall and The Test.
The association’s new president talks about what’s in store at the upcoming Miami conference and marketplace. He also looks longer term. “My challenge is that if station groups continue to think of themselves as local stations, then they have challenges. Their world is far greater than local. That is how NATPE can help stations. We bring together a fantastic scale of decision makers and influential people from around the world who they should want to hear and meet and connect with.”
The association’s new president, Rod Perth, says registration is pacing ahead of the last show with all the major distributors on board and a number of speakers signed up. However, he would not give any specifics, saying those details will be forthcoming in October or November.
The TV executive who succeeds Rick Feldman takes over immediately and will oversee the organization’s 50th anniversary conference next year in Miami.