The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) has confirmed its annual January conference will take place in the Bahamas from 2023.
The news, which confirms TBI’s story from April, will see NATPE’s flagship event moved to the Baha Mar Resort and Convention Center in Nassau, under the theme ‘Content, Networking and Monetisation”.
To be known as NATPE Global, it will run 17-19 January and feature keynotes, panel sessions and networking opportunities.
Meetings with buyers will also be offered, which will focus on drama, unscripted, kids and factual programming, designed to provide access to global distributors and producers keen to navigate the international acquisition marketplace.
NATPE Global will replace NATPE Miami, which has taken place in the Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach since 2011. Its last two iterations – earlier this year and in 2021 – moving to online-only events as a result of the pandemic.
Before that, the event spent almost a decade at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas and it has also previously taken place in New Orleans.
JP Bommel, president & CEO at NATPE, said: “After many months of research and discussions with our partners we have greenlit the move to this bold new destination.
“Our aim is to ensure that we provide added value and new revenue opportunities to attendees across the content ecosystem. With hundreds of new exhibition and activation options and over forty restaurants and entertainment venues across three hotels, Baha Mar is perfect for both business meetings and the networking that has made NATPE an industry staple for decades.
“But most importantly we have secured cost efficiencies and safety measures that will make this experience a great one for all. The response from our community is not only enthusiastic but outlines a clear path for sales meetings on-site with their global teams.”