NATPE Announces Breakthrough Awards Nominees, Sets More 2016 Plans

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The January market firms up programming, including an emphasis on scripted with showrunners such as Howard Gordon, Ilene Chaiken and Sarah Treem.

The National Association of Television Program Executives, readying for its January return to Miami, is citing significant growth (29 new exhibitors) from last year's annual Market and Conference — and expanding to two hotels.

President-CEO Rod Perth spoke with reporters about the news on Wednesday morning, also using the opportunity to announce nominees for its second annual NATPE Reality Breakthrough Awards and tout an increased focus on scripted TV, with a slew of familiar showrunners set to appear. 

"We are delighted that with all of our most important numbers tracking ahead of last year's capacity turnout, we have moved to substantially increase our physical space in 2016 by expanding to the Eden Roc next door to the Fontainebleau,” said Perth. “The increase in exhibition sales and expanded events reflects the tremendous growth we are seeing throughout the conference.”

On the scripted side, sessions such as The Business of Scripted and What Creators Want to Say, What Brands Need to See will include the likes Howard Gordon (Homeland), Ilene Chaiken (Empire), Sarah Treem (The Affair), Dan Harmon (Community), Marc Cherry (Devious Maids) and Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development).

The confab is set to run Jan. 19-21 in Miami. Nominees for the Breakthrough Awards, which will be hosted by Howie Mandel during a luncheon, are below.

Competition: Alone; American Ninja Warrior; Lip Sync Battle; MasterChef Junior; Shark Tank; The Voice
Docusoap: Alaskan Bush People; Chrisley Knows Best; I Am Cait; Real Housewives of Beverly Hills; Vanderpump Rules; Wahlburgers
Game Show: @Midnight; Billy on the Street; Celebrity Family Feud; Hellevator; Hollywood Game Night
Reality: Catfish; Hard Knocks; Married at First Sight; Naked & Afraid; Project Greenlight
Factual: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown; Last Week Tonight With John Oliver; The Daily Show; The Jinx; Vice