Due to COVID-19 issues, the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) has canceled its annual convention in Miami, which was set to happen from Jan. 18 to Jan. 20. The group introduced it could not be continuing with the in-person convention on Saturday.
Dates and places for the subsequent convention and market occasion are at present into consideration. In the meantime, NATPE is planning to provide a mix of digital and in-person occasions all year long “when appropriate,” which will likely be accessible at low or no price to attendees.
Along with the Miami convention, the group’s premier occasions are L.A. Screenings Independents and NATPE Budapest, which in June 2021 was postponed from Aug. 2021 to June 2022.
“Although this decision from a financial point of view will cost the organization a great deal of money, that was secondary to our primary concern, which is to put the welfare of our members first,” mentioned JP Bommel, president and CEO of NATPE. “We put a great deal of safety protocols in place, but it is just not enough given the intensity of this virus which is spreading at an enormous rate all over the world. We look forward to producing a strong conference at the right time and under the best circumstances and to provide all our attendees with the greatest value we can offer.”
NATPE Miami is one more addition to the listing of leisure business occasions being scrapped, postponed or tailored resulting from COVID-19 and its just lately emerged omicron variant. On Jan. 5, the Sundance Film Festival introduced a change to a digital format, solely weeks earlier than the in-person occasion was set to start.