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Natpe Conference to strengthen focus on reality content

MUMBAI: Natpe will strengthen its focus on reality programming by adding a second day to the track as the entire industry gathers in Miami Beach for the annual market and conference from 19-21 January.

For two days, Natpe Reality will aim to be the epicenter of the non-scripted world with a programming track overflowing with names and ideas.

Unlike any other market in the US, Natpe Reality’s programming sessions and events will provide attendees with an immersive experience in the unscripted universe. This will consist of intimate discussions, robust panel conversations with iconic creatives, producers, and executives, a new buyers’ hall and other features as part of the new curated track for 2016.

Building on the success of 2015, Natpe will return in January with a larger slate of sessions and events devoted to the genre, including the 2nd Annual Reality Breakthrough Awards and the launch of the Reality Buyers Hall.

The Reality Buyers Hall will offer executives, producers, writers, creators and agents from all over the world a one-stop venue for meetings, networking, and the ability to interact with buyers, distributors, creators, producers and stars from every corner of the content business. It will provide the place for a high-level exchange of ideas and meetings about how to capitalise on new opportunities and emerging trends that can enhance every aspect of the reality pipeline.

Natpe president, CEO Rod Perth said, “The growth of Natpe Reality mirrors the surge in attendance we have enjoyed from this critically important segment of the business. Reality is intensifying its footprint at the conference as a strong and vibrant economic force, reflecting its role as a permanent fixture of the interdependent television constellation alongside scripted programming. This is the first conference of the year for the reality community, and we’re delighted to host this important gathering with the Miami Beach setting in the dead of winter!”

The Gurin Company president Phil Gurin, who is a member of the Natpe board of directors and co-chair of the Natpe Rreality committee, said, “Natpe is an ideas market – a place where producers, writers, creators and talent can pitch new ideas to buyers and commissioners and development executives. It is exciting to imagine the fresh new pitches that will be at Natpe as part of the larger reality track the conference has planned.”