WAWA and NATPE Global will team up to host the Wonder Women Mentorship program. WAWA will also have a standout presence at the event in January.

NATPE Global, the international content industry’s first major market of the year, has secured a multi-faceted partnership with the Worldwide Audiovisual Women’s Association (WAWA) to advance women in the global audiovisual sector.

“We are absolutely thrilled to embark on this long-term partnership journey with WAWA, which has quickly established itself as a powerful force for good in the international audiovisual community,” said Claire Macdonald, Executive Director, NATPE Global. “Launching a mentorship program and an exclusive event for women leaders is a natural progression of our collaboration.”

“Our association’s mission is to establish a robust presence in all the important international markets. Last month, we achieved a significant milestone by surpassing 500 members. This achievement is a testament to the dedicated volunteer work of many individuals. After a four-year absence, we are returning to NATPE, having successfully navigated some of the most formidable challenges the audiovisual industry faces. As our Board of Directors emphasizes, ‘We are indeed Stronger Together’,” added Roxana Rotundo, Chair of the Board of Directors, WAWA.

WAWA and NATPE Global will team up to host the Wonder Women Mentorship program comprised of 10-12 female students from audio visual programs at Florida International University, with Maggie Salas-Amaro Castellon, Director of Canela Kids, spearheading recruitment. WAWA will manage the program and all mentees will receive complimentary access to NATPE Global.

In addition, WAWA will have a significant market presence in January including a 600 sq. ft pavilion space and will launch an annual invite-only WAWA-NATPE Wonder Women Lunch, taking place on January 17th at the InterContinental Miami featuring finalists for the 2023 WAWA Woman of the Year Award in an inspiring afternoon of networking and engaging conversation.

Moderated by Cynthia Hudson, SVP & General Manager of CNN en Español, the exclusive panel will examine the industry shifts, business models, and adaptation over the last several years and explore the unprecedented changes the industry has faced.

Participants: Selina Nederhand, Senior Vice President & Co-Networks Head of Content Strategy, Sony Pictures Television; Carmen Larios, Senior VP of Content of A&E LATAM; and Fidela Navarro, CEO of Dopamine.

Finally, NATPE Global will be the presenting sponsor of WAWA First Look Turquia, scheduled for Thursday, January 11, 2024. The annual online event showcases Turkish content from key distributors that will be available for licensing in Miami, later in the month.

The highly anticipated return of NATPE Global will take place January 16 to 18, 2024 at the InterContinental Miami, a large-scale luxury convention venue conveniently located in the heart of the city’s vibrant downtown district. With nearly 40 countries represented and over 260 buyers registered, NATPE Global will bring together the most important buyers and sellers of projects in development and catalogue programming as well as decision-makers from the entire media ecosystem spanning content development, licensing, and platform distribution. Key executives from A&E Networks, Amazon Prime Video, Blue Ant Media, ¡HOLA! TV, National Geographic Channel, Paramount+, Pluto TV, REELZ Channel, Roku, SVT, Sony Pictures Television, TelevisaUnivision, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, TV Globo and Warner Bros. Discovery are amongst those that have confirmed their participation.

Located on prime waterfront in downtown Miami, and just minutes away from South Beach, the Design District and Wynwood’s many galleries, restaurants and boutique shops, NATPE Global’s new home offers contemporary luxury suites, cabanas and 100,000 square feet of exhibition space at flexible levels of entry and scale to offer opportunities for all clients.