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[06/25/09 - 08:58 AM]
Natpe Announces LaTV Fest Industry Insight Luncheon Speakers and Opening Night Gala Celebration
Greg Berlanti ("Brothers & Sisters") and Steven Levitan ("Modern Family") will speak at the event, running July 8-9.

[via press release from NATPE]

NATPE ANNOUNCES LATV FEST INDUSTRY INSIGHT LUNCHEON SPEAKERS AND OPENING NIGHT GALA CELEBRATION

Brothers & Sisters' Greg Berlanti; Modern Family's Steven Levitan To Offer Insiders' Perspective On The Making Of A Hit

Hollywood Radio & Television Society To Host Festival's Kick-Off Event

LOS ANGELES, June 25, 2009 � Two of the television industry's most prolific and successful writers/producers will speak at the LATV Fest's Industry Insight luncheons on Wednesday, July 8, and Thursday, July 9. Greg Berlanti, whose credits include Brothers & Sisters, Dirty Sexy Money and Dawson's Creek, will appear on Wednesday. Steven Levitan, the creator of the upcoming ABC series Modern Family and the long-running Just Shoot Me, will speak on Thursday.

It was also announced that the Hollywood Radio & Television Society (HRTS) will host LATV Fest's official kick-off party the evening of July 7 at X bar at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. The gala event, which marks the final HRTS session of the 2008-09 season, is open to HRTS members, LATV Fest participants, attendees and special guests.

Additional information and RSVP forms are available at www.hrts.com.

Greg Berlanti is an executive producer of the acclaimed ABC drama Brothers & Sisters and served as executive producer on Dirty Sexy Money and Eli Stone, which he also co-created. In addition, he created and executive produced The WB's critically acclaimed dramas Everwood and Jack & Bobby. Prior to that, he executive produced The WB series Dawson's Creek. He also wrote and directed the film The Broken Hearts Club, which premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. In addition to his television work, Berlanti just finished co-writing and is a producer on the Warner Bros. feature The Green Lantern.

Emmy Award-winner Steven Levitan has been writing, producing and creating television comedies for more than eighteen years. He began his career as a staff writer on Wings, where he remained for four years moving up the ranks to co-executive producer. From there, he became a co-executive producer on The Larry Sanders Show before joining Frasier in 1995, also as co-executive producer. In 1997, he created the hit NBC series Just Shoot Me, executive producing its seven season-run. Levitan went on to create the shows Stark Raving Mad, Greg the Bunny, Stacked, Back To You and most recently, Modern Family, which debuts this fall on ABC.

NATPE delivers real tools, real access, real pitches� for real producers with its third annual LATV Fest. The two day conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles from July 8 to 9. High level TV and digital content producers, development executives, agents, advertising and brand executives, software solutions and technology and equipment providers will be key participants.

Registration information and additional details are available at www.latvfest.net.

NATPE is a global, nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation, development and distribution of televised programming in all forms across all mature and emerging media platforms. NATPE develops and nurtures opportunities, both commercial and educational, for buying, selling and sharing of content and ideas.

Since 1947, HRTS (the Hollywood Radio & Television Society) has been recognized as the media industry's premier information and networking forum. HRTS membership represents top executives from broadcast and cable networks, studios, agencies, law firms, management and production companies, PR companies and many other related firms. Through its signature "Newsmaker Luncheon Series" and other events, HRTS allows industry leaders to stay informed on the latest trends affecting the business of television and media, as well as stay connected to the key people who make our business happen.





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· BROTHERS & SISTERS (ABC)
· DAWSON'S CREEK (WB)
· DIRTY SEXY MONEY (ABC)
· JUST SHOOT ME (NBC)
· MODERN FAMILY (ABC)





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