AFTER MORE THAN A DECADE OF honoring television industry leaders, NATPE’s Brandon Tartikoff Awards have expanded this year to include additional honorees. It’s only fitting for a burgeoning industry that areas such as streaming video-on-demand and international programming should join syndicated, unscripted and late-night programming on the roster for the 12th annual awards, to be handed out Jan. 21 in Miami Beach. As a group, Entertainment Tonight producer Linda Bell Blue, media/telecom/consumer products giant Cisneros execs Gustavo and Adriana Cisneros, comedian and talk host Jay Leno, reality producer and Bunim- Murray chairman Jonathan Murray and Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos represent a considerable set of accomplishments. As NATPE continues to redefine itself, the awards ceremony will offer a comprehensive tour of the TV business. Tartikoff himself, the onetime NBC exec who made an indelible mark by adopting a worldview and business approach that was far broader than that of most network chiefs, would be proud.
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