NATPE sets Boot Camp


NATPE on Tuesday revealed the slate of speakers, panelists, networks and companies taking part in its fifth annual TV Producers' Boot Camp, being held this month during the inaugural LA TV Festival.

The Boot Camp, taking place July 26-27 at the House of Blues and Comedy Store in Los Angeles, is designed to connect participants with development executives, television producers and agents through panels, clinics and pitch development sessions.

Endeavor head of alternative television Sean Perry is set to deliver the keynote address at the Boot Camp. His address will be followed by a state-of-the-industry discussion featuring Perry, Denise Cramsey of Endemol USA, Thom Beers of Original Prods. and Craig Piligian of Pilgrim Films & Television.

Other panel discussions will address such topics as the type of programming cable networks are looking to acquire from producers, tips to successfully network in Hollywood, distributing and promoting content online, the strategy of creating a winning pitch reel and creating a successful Web series.

"NATPE is delighted to once again provide the next generation of content creators with direct access to our industry's most influential decisionmakers while at the same time offering development executives access to some of the most talented emerging producers," NATPE president and CEO Rick Feldman said.

Confirmed speakers also include WMA's John Ferriter and Lewis Henderson, Lion TV USA's Tracy Green, Rebel Entertainment Partners' Philip Irven, Nash Entertainment's Robert Kosberg, Fox Reality Channel's David Lyle, BBC Worldwide Americas' Ian Moffitt, TV Guide Network's Ryan O'Hara, UTA's Ryan Reber and Scott Sternberg of Scott Sternberg Prods.

Meanwhile, attendees will be able to pitch projects during the "Pitch Pit" to such companies and networks as Atlas Worldwide, Fox Reality, Fred Silverman Co., Granada America, Hallmark Channel, Hearst Entertainment, Lifetime, Rebel Entertainment Partners, Si TV, Starz, Style, Tailwind Entertainment and Talpa Content USA.

There also will be a reception sponsored by the House of Blues to wrap up Thursday.

The Hollywood Reporter is among the sponsors of the event.