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NATPE is one of the leading television markets and conferences in the

world. The event in New Orleans offers animation and special effects

companies a rare opportunity to showcase their work to a global audience.

NATPE 2000 will offer a vast array of exhibitors gathered in pavilions such

as Animation/Licensing sponsored by KidScreen; Cable sponsored by ATVC

(Asociacion Argentia de Television por Cable); HDTV/Visual Effects

sponsored by SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers);

Independent Producers sponsored by Variety and GAIT (Global Association of

Independent Television); New Media sponsored by Digitrends and many other

international producers and distributors. The conferences will feature

panel discussions, hands-on workshops, a "salute" to the syndicator Roger

King and the IBA advertising awards. Highlighting how animation programming

gets from pitch to premiere, west coast editor of KidScreen Magazine,

Virginia Robertson, will head various step-by-step case studies entitled

"Toon Tales: How We Made It To The Tube." Top industry players will gather

at "TV American Style" to discuss the ever changing landscape of the world

of television. Sponsored by Microsoft Windows Media, "The Webstation

Lounge" will bring the world of the Web to the convention floor with

scheduled workshops, lunches and access to the latest Internet

developments. This year's event will also feature multiple discussions on

the ever-growing parallels between the television and Internet markets,

diversity in broadcasting and the firm hold family entertainment is taking

in the industry.

Click here for a list of the various

production companies and distributors offering programs at the market. See

what they are presenting and then check them out at NATPE.

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