NATPE elects Andy Kaplan as chairman

Sony Pictures Television's worldwide networks president Andy Kaplan will replace NFL exec Jordan Levin as the conference producer's chairman of the board, effective immediately.
August 25, 2015

Sony Pictures Television’s worldwide networks president Andy Kaplan has been elected as NATPE/Content First’s chairman of the board.

Kaplan, who previously served as the market and conference producer’s vice chairman of the board, succeeds Jordan Levin who spent four years as chairman and recently joined the NFL as SVP and chief content officer.

“Andy’s extensive knowledge of the domestic and international TV and burgeoning VOD and subscription VOD markets, as well as the multi-platform online entertainment network space, will provide NATPE with an enormously valuable perspective as we further expand our global reach,” said CEO Rod Perth in a statement. “His vast expertise in Latin America, Asia and India further strengthens our relationships with content creators from those important regions. He is an incredible asset to our association.”

“With Rod’s dedication to enhancing content creation and distribution across the entire television and digital ecosystem at our annual global markets and conferences, NATPE is well positioned for the future,” added Kaplan. “I also deeply appreciate the commitment Jordan has made to NATPE and am delighted he will remain a member of our executive committee.”

Kaplan will take on the role effective immediately. His election comes as NATPE, which hosts an annual TV conference in Miami in January, heads towards a leadership change in the New Year.

Perth is due to step down in February but will remain on the board. In August, the organization hired former Reed MIDEM exec JP Bommel as managing director and chief operating officer.

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