TV Executives love coming to Miami Beach for the annual NATPE conference for fun in the sun and cutting deals. NATPE has made its convention home for more than five straight years and returns to Miami Beach in 2018. Aside from all the parties, luncheons, happy hours, press conferences and even concerts, NATPE is a great place to present new content for not just TV anymore, but various platforms.
Many great panels that included Oscar winner Paul Williams, Facebook's Matt Jacobson, music producer Emilio Estefan, Lionsgate Kevin Beggs, Steve Levitan, creator of Modern Family, and actress/producer Eva Longoria.
Other guest VIP's included ASN VP Ibra Morales, CAA Bruno de Granada, comedian David Alan Grier, entertainment attorney Ivan Parron, Estefan Enterprise Frank Amadeo, The Kitchen's Deeny Kaplan and City of Miami Beach's Graham Winick.
One of our favorite of NATPE 17 was the Reality Breakthrough Awards luncheon, which celebrated its third installment. The event was hosted by America's Funniest Home Videos' Bob Saget who started the event with "Don't underestimate the importance of reality TV, you can even become president". Reality stars in attendance included Shahs of Sunset Reza Farahan, Dolores Cantania, from Real Housewives of New Jersey and Monalisa Johnson.