NATPE 2008

Latest news from the television programming conference in Las Vegas.

Wednesday, Jan. 30

A NATPE stripped of glitz
Whether blame is laid at the door of the writers strike, a dwindling first-run syndie business or the downbeat economy, the 7,000 attendees at the 46th annual NATPE sales bazaar found themselves in a shrunken shell of a confab. Full story

'Match' booked with Fremantle
FremantleMedia North America is looking to revive "Match Game." Full story

'Montel' ending run after 17 years
"The Montel Williams Show" will end its run at the end of this season after 17 years on the air. Full story

'Steve Wilkos' set for return
NBC Universal Domestic TV Distribution's "The Steve Wilkos Show" will return for a second season after clearing more than 85% of the country. Full story

Web content, syndie style
Online content company TitanTV is introducing a new syndication model that it is positioning as "King World for the Internet." Full story

Tuesday, Jan. 29

'Wizard' pulls Tribune out of hat
Disney-ABC Domestic Television already has lined up clearances for its new syndicated series, "Wizard's First Rule," from executive producer Sam Raimi. Full story

Osmond takes on talk
Marie Osmond joined up with Program Partners for an hourlong entertainment/lifestyle talk show targeted to launch in fall 2009. Full story

Sony off-site but in sight
In the old days at NATPE, misbehavin' took bolder forms: There was a group of carousing syndicators who got out of line during an infamous confab in Houston... Full story

Telemundo does 'Dance'
Telemundo has acquired international distribution rights to "Dance, Dance, Dance," the first high-definition telenovela from Brazilian network Bandeirantes. Full story

'Flashpoint' sparks at CBS
Canadian broadcaster CTV said Tuesday that it has sold the homegrown action drama "Flashpoint" to CBS. Full story

Zucker: 'It's about less waste'
NBC Universal is looking to shake up the way it does business, particularly with its pilot development and upfront presentations, president and CEO Jeff Zucker said Tuesday. Full story

Lionsgate, Viasat ink deal
Lionsgate has inked a three-year TV programming deal with Viasat Broadcasting, consisting of a minimum of two one-hour series, one half-hour series, one miniseries and two MOWs annually for distribution in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Slovenia. Full story

Klein gets first Founders nod
Lew Klein, one of the original organizers of NATPE, was honored with the inaugural NATPE Founders Awards during Tuesday's opening session of the organization's annual conference. Full story

Monday, Jan. 28

'Judy' gets two years
Court show queen Judge Judy Sheindlin has inked a new multiyear deal with CBS Television Distribution to continue with her strip, "Judge Judy."  Full story

Kid 'Gladiators' return
With the success of "American Gladiators" on NBC, MGM's domestic TV distribution is bringing out the mid-'90s kids series "Gladiators 2000," hosted by Ryan Seacrest. Full story

NATPE: Raimi new 'Wizard' of syndie
Filmmaker Sam Raimi is looking to conjure up some syndication magic. Full Story

NATPE preview:

NATPE attendees focused on content, relationships
Having struggled since the dawn of the millennium to find its niche during a time of transition in the television industry, the National Association of Television Program Executives appears to have finally bridged the shaky gap between past and future. MORE

Dialogue: Rick Feldman
As technology changes the business, the NATPE chief boldly declared last November that this year's gathering would be "the first NATPE of the digital world." Earlier this month, Feldman spoke about the changing face of his organization and how it's keeping pace with a rapidly evolving industry. MORE

Resurgence in syndie market means more product
After what many considered a relatively quiet year for first-run syndication last year, 2008 looks to be a bit more lively, with several first-run series already set for a definitive launch -- and numerous others being offered up. MORE

A Latin American focus
While European buyers and sellers favor the Cannes-based MIP and MIPCOM, NATPE has become a must-attend for buyers from burgeoning markets all over the world, including Asia and Eastern Europe. And nowhere is this more apparent than in the Latin American media sector. MORE