NPA AND PACTUS MERGE TO CREATE NPACT

Non-Fiction Producers Association (NPA) and PactUS Merge to Create NPACT, Prominent New Trade Organization Now Representing 99 Companies

 (June 5, 2017) – NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES – In an unprecedented show of solidarity that signifies the unity and strength of the non-fiction content production business, the Nonfiction Producers Association (NPA) and PactUS – the two major trade organizations formed to serve the producers of non-fiction entertainment content – today announced they have merged to create a new association: NPACT. 

With offices in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., NPACT now includes 99 member companies that collectively produce the vast majority of all non-fiction content for US broadcast, cable television and digital platforms.

Among NPACT’s members are such prolific companies as All3Media America, Bunim/Murray Productions, Endemol Shine North America, FremantleMedia North America, ITV America, Renegade 83, Truly Original, 3 Ball Entertainment, and others. Their award-winning and highly rated series range from American Idol, Pawn Stars, The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Born This Way to Hell’s Kitchen, Undercover Boss, Intervention and Naked and Afraid – and thousands more airing in markets across the globe. 

NPACT, whose complete roster (attached) includes 99 production companies and showrunners, as well as allied services companies, serves as the voice for the non-fiction creative community; the organization tackles challenges producers face in an age of media disruption, helps them expand their businesses and offers a forum for producers to address critical business issues. As part of the merger NPACT will have an ongoing relationship with Pact in the UK, collaborating on joint projects and aiding one another in addressing producers' challenges globally. 

John Ford, who has served as general manager of the NPA since 2015, will become general manager of NPACT. David Lyle, who has served since 2015 as president of PactUS, will work with NPACT as president emeritus. Ford and Lyle made today’s announcement jointly.

Said Ford, “It is simply unparalleled in our business for a group of competitors at this high level of achievement to band together for the longevity, vitality and greater good of an industry. We face a looming crisis in keeping unscripted production companies healthy, one we can only address by coming together with a unified voice.”

Added Lyle, “Combining PactUS and the NPA into one powerhouse organization offers a tremendous combination of resources and talents, and serves as a turning point that is key to helping preserve, propel and expand the nonfiction content business. The new NPACT represents the maverick spirit of creativity and entrepreneurship – the core DNA of unscripted – and will allow us to achieve our mutual goals so much faster.”

NPACT will continue to offer membership to non-fiction production companies in North America, as well as sole proprietors, individual executive producers and showrunners who have established their own labels. NPACT also offers an “Associate” class of membership for service providers to the industry.

NPACT’s board of directors will be comprised of members of both former entities (NPA and PactUS) and the new organization will continue to be governed by an executive committee of the board.  

NPACT MEMBER ROSTER

Production Companies

Jupiter Entertainment

Kinetic Content

Leftfield Pictures

Leopard US

Lighthearted Entertainment

Lime TV

Lion Television

Loud TV 

Love Productions USA

Lucky 8

Magical Elves

Magilla Entertainment

MAK Pictures

Maverick TV US

Meetinghouse Productions

Mix Tape Media

MME Filmpool

MY Entertainment

Noble Savages

Objective Productions

October Films

Optomen

Outpost Entertainment

Park Slope Productions

Phiphen Pictures

Pink Sneakers Productions

ProMedia Productions

Propagate Content

Punched in the Head

Red Rock Films

Renegade 83

Sharp Entertainment

Sirens Media

Stephen David Entertainment

Studio Lambert

T Group Productions

Talos Films

TCB Media Rights

The CO

Trium Entertainment

Truly Original

World of Wonder

(One company name withheld at request.)

1895 Films

2C Media

3 Ball Entertainment

51 Minds

Alkemy X

All3 Media America

Anomaly Entertainment

Another Green World

Anvil 1893 Entertainment

Atlas Industries

Atlas Media Corp

Atomic Entertainment

Authentic Entertainment

BBC America

BBold Content

Big Fish Entertainment

Blackfin Productions

Bogner Content

Boomdozer Inc.

Bottle Rocket Films

Bristow Global Media

Bunim/Murray Productions

Cineflix

Collins Ave

Craig Armstrong

Cream Productions

Diana Marcketta

Electus

Endemol Shine

Essential Quail

Evolution Media USA

FremantleMedia North America

Gigantic! Productions

Glass Entertainment Group

Go Go Luckey Entertainment

GRB Entertainment

Half Yard Productions

High Noon Entertainment

Hot Snakes Media

IM Global

INvelop Entertainment

IPC

ITV America

Jane Street Entertainment

 

Associate Members

Bronze

3Beep

Audio Network

Compact Media

Go To Team

GreenSlate

Jukin Media

Media Central

Take1 Transcription

Wise Entertainment Law

Gold

Pond 5

 

Silver

Media Services

Vanacore Music

NPA MEMBERSHIP SURGES...

npa membership surges following record activity at natpe and realscreen

Non-Fiction Producers Association Adds 10 Companies to its Ranks,
Lifting Membership to 52 Entities across the US and Canada

(Feb. 2, 2017) – NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES – Coming out of NATPE in Miami, followed by last week’s Realscreen Summit in Washington, D.C., the Nonfiction Producers Association (NPA) is experiencing a surge in membership activity, announcing today that 10 new member companies have joined its ranks: eight production companies/individual producers, and two “Associate” member companies, which serve the industry.

 

Lifting NPA membership to a total of 52 entities across the United States and Canada are production companies Anomaly EntertainmentBlackfin ProductionsBottle Rocket FilmsINvelop EntertainmentDiana MarckettaMix Tape MediaPink Sneakers and Red Rock Films, as well as new Associate members Media Central and Wise Entertainment Law. 

 

Said NPA General Manager John Ford, who made the announcement, “We’ve had an exciting and high-profile two weeks at two of our industry’s most important gatherings, resulting in a surge of interest in the NPA and 10 new members. Our blue-chip membership of top companies produces over 4000 hours of nonfiction a year, including some of the longest-running and top-rated series on the air. Our recent introduction of several new tiers of membership adds greater diversity to our ranks."

 

Ford added, “The NPA engages the issues that are most important to producers and networks, and remains 100% committed to promoting best practices that support the unscripted business. We’re delighted to welcome our new members to the fold and look forward to the continued growth and impact of the NPA.” 

 

New Companies

 

• Anomaly Entertainment is a new production company formed by veteran TV executives Matthew Kelly and Michael Sorensen.
• Blackfin Productions (I am Homicide) is run by producer Geno McDermott.
• Bottle Rocket Films is a new venture from producer Flower Hulihan whose work has aired on FOX, A&E, ID, Oxygen and more.
• INvelop Entertainment, a multimedia production company focusing on unscripted TV and feature docs, was launched in 2016 by longtime producer Brant Pinvidic. The company has an exclusive production deal with STX.
• Diana Marcketta has produced series for CBS, NBC, Showtime, TLC, Discovery, Animal Planet, PBS and more.
• Media Central (Assoc. member), the worldwide source for crews, production and post, is run by its president, Jay Schlossberg, whose clients include HBO, CBS, History, A&E, Discovery and countless other networks and studios.
• Mix Tape Media (Swab Stories, Must Love Cats), a Magilla Entertainment company, is the new shingle run by veteran producer Seanbaker Carter.
• Pink Sneakers, an OAKZ Media company, is helmed by Co-Founders John and Kimberly Ehrhard; credits include Hogan Knows Best, Most Eligible Dallas and the ALMA Awards.
• Red Rock Films was launched in 2010 by 30-year TV veteran Brian Armstrong, who has produced for Discovery, NatGeo, Animal Planet, Smithsonian Channel and more.
• Wise Entertainment Law (Assoc. member) is run by attorney Robert M. Wise, whose practice focuses on the negotiation of US cable network agreements and other transactions relating to the development, production, financing, distribution and licensing of reality television shows.

 About the NPA

Founded in 2014, the NPA is the first professional body created to represent the non-fiction content production business in the United States, and now Canada. The NPA offers information and assistance to production companies, their staffs and production employees, conveying the strength and value of the industry, and promoting best practices that ensure production employees, independent contractors, vendors and other stakeholders have a voice and platform for meaningful discourse that can encourage and contribute to the continued success and welfare of all parties within the nonfiction television industry. Combined, the NPA’s member companies produce more than half of the non-fiction content on US broadcast and cable television, as well as online/OTT networks.  For more information visit www.nonfictionproducers.org.

 

NPA Membership (Producers)
3 Ball Entertainment Leftfield Pictures
All 3 Media America Lighthearted Entertainment
Anomaly Entertainment Lion Television
Atlas Media LMNO
Authentic Entertainment Loud TV
Big Fish Entertainment Lucky 8
Blackfin Productions Magical Elves
Boomdozer Inc. Magilla Entertainment
Bottle Rocket Films Mix Tape Media
Bunim/Murray Productions MY Entertainment
Collins Ave Optomen
Cream Productions Outpost Entertainment
Diana Marcketta Park Slope Productions
Evolution Media Pink Sneakers
Glass Entertainment Group Red Rock Films
Go Go Luckey Entertainment Renegade 83
GRB Entertainment Sharp Entertainment
Half Yard Productions Sirens Media
High Noon Entertainment T Group Productions
INvelop Entertainment The CO
ITV America Trium Entertainment
Jane Street Entertainment Truly Original
Jupiter Entertainment World of Wonder
(Additional Company - name
withheld at company's request)
NPA Associate Membership (Service Providers to the Industry)
Indiepay
Media Central
Take 1 Transcription
Vanacore Music
Wise Entertainment Law

FIRST ANNUAL NPA-SPONSORED “CABLE NETWORK SURVEY”

FIRST ANNUAL NPA-SPONSORED “CABLE NETWORK SURVEY” RANKS PRODUCERS’ FAVORITE NETS TO WORK WITH, PITCH AND MORE

History and A&E Claim Top Spots as Best Cable Networks Overall in Survey Completed by Both NPA Members and Non-Members from Unscripted Production Community

(January 17, 2017) – NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES – The Nonfiction Producers Association (NPA) – the professional body founded in 2014 to represent the non-fiction content production business in the US and Canada – announced today the results of its first annual Cable Network Survey. Designed by NPA leadership to help assess some of the major trends, issues, and challenges faced by producers of unscripted programming doing business with cable networks, the survey was completed by a total of 41 production companies participating, including members and non-members of the NPA.

 

This first survey focused on six major areas of concern to producers: preferences for pitching, executive creativitydevelopment process, business affairs process, production editorial oversight, and production management. For each of the six questions/topics, respondents rated each network on a scale from one to 10, with one representing the least positive response and 10 representing the most positive. Final rankings represent the weighted average scores for each network.

 

John Ford, general manager of the NPA, said, “For many months, the NPA has been meeting with individual networks to further the producer-network dialog and suggest ways to improve processes. This survey, which is part of that effort, is meant to be a snapshot, from a producer’s point of view, of their current business climate, and we intentionally kept it contained to the six basic areas they say most influence the production experience.”

 

Survey results placed AETN’s History and A&E in the top two spots across the board, with the number one position varying between the two, based on category. Discovery, Lifetime, ID, HGTV or Travel ranked most often in third and fourth place, followed by 16 other networks with which respondents do the majority of their business. 

 

Added Ford, “We acknowledge that there are some outside factors that add weight to the survey results, at least anecdotally. For example, it’s probably no coincidence that networks that buy the largest volume of programming, placed, for the most part, in the top 10 spots. We did tabulate the results to ensure the survey didn’t penalize networks that don’t buy what certain producers sell. Ultimately, this survey is specifically designed to offer information that can improve processes and better the relationships between producers and networks.” 

 

About the NPA

Founded in 2014, the NPA is the first professional body created to represent the non-fiction content production business in the United States, and now Canada. The NPA offers information and assistance to production companies, their staffs and production employees, conveying the strength and value of the industry, and promoting best practices that ensure production employees, independent contractors, vendors and other stakeholders have a voice and platform for meaningful discourse that can encourage and contribute to the continued success and welfare of all parties within the nonfiction television industry. Combined, the NPA’s member companies produce more than half of the non-fiction content on US broadcast and cable television, as well as online/OTT networks.  For more information visit www.nonfictionproducers.org.

 

NONFICTION PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION (NPA) RESPONDS TO GROWTH...

NONFICTION PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION (NPA) RESPONDS TO GROWTH, POPULAR DEMAND WITH NEW MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS TO SERVE THE CREATIVE COMMUNITY

Three Tiers of NPA Membership Now Available to Producers and Showrunners, with New “Associate” Class Geared toward Vendors and Service Providers

41-Member Organization also Welcomes First Canadian Production Company, Cream Productions, and Expands Executive Committee

(Oct. 5, 2016) – NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES – The Nonfiction Producers Association (NPA), founded in 2014 with eight companies, has emerged as a prominent voice for the creative community, with membership demand soaring among smaller production companies, individual producers and showrunners, and professional service providers. To answer the call, the NPA today announced it has broadened its criteria for membership, establishing three tiers of participation for production companies and producers – now based on company size and volume of work – as well as adding a new “Associate” class of membership for vendors and service providers to the industry.

Effective immediately, and as outlined by the NPA board of directors, production company membership will include the original “Standard” membership, which cites specific revenue and employee/staff criteria, a new “Emerging” tier with lower benchmarks/barriers to entry for smaller companies, and a new “Sole Proprietor” level that accommodates individual executive producers and showrunners who have established their own production labels. Concurrently, vendors and service providers to the industry can join as “Associate” members. Membership fees (which remain proprietary) will slide accordingly across the four membership categories.

Production company Boomdozer, run by producer Trace Sheehan whose many credits include the upcoming documentary Food Evolution with Neil deGrasse Tyson, is the first in the Sole Proprietor category to join the NPA, while Take 1 Transcription, a top provider of transcription and languaging solutions, including translation, closed captioning and subtitling, becomes the NPA’s first Associate member.

Additionally, the NPA has welcomed its first Canadian production company, Toronto-based Cream Productions run by Executive Producer and CEO David Brady (credits include the award-winning Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan, Aftermath for National Geographic Channel, Survivorman for Discovery and Paranormal Witness for Syfy).

Responding to the increase in membership, and subsequent range of issues that drives, the NPA also has expanded its Executive Committee from six representatives to eight, adding producers David Garfinkle (Renegade 83) and Jenny Daly (T Group) to the committee that includes founding members Bruce David Klein (Atlas Media), Laura Johnson (Magilla Entertainment), Brent Montgomery (ITV America), Jon Murray (Bunim Murray), Eric Schotz (LMNO) and Steven Weinstock (True Entertainment and Original Media).

Said NPA General Manager John Ford, who made today’s announcements, “As the first platform to serve as a unified voice for nonfiction producers, our members have always been vocal about the value and benefits of the NPA, but this year there’s been an explosion of membership interest from across the industry,” said Ford. “So we listened and created options that make it easier for more segments of the business to join, including emerging talent with new skills sets and fresh points of view that offer tremendous advantage to the NPA as we continue to address and tackle the key issues driving nonfiction entertainment.”

About the NPA

Founded in 2014, the NPA is the first professional body created to represent the non-fiction content production business in the United States, and now Canada. The NPA offers information and assistance to production companies, their staffs and production employees, conveying the strength and value of the industry, and promoting best practices that ensure production employees, independent contractors, vendors and other stakeholders have a voice and platform for meaningful discourse that can encourage and contribute to the continued success and welfare of all parties within the nonfiction television industry. Combined, the NPA’s member companies produce more than half of the non-fiction content on broadcast and cable television, as well as online/OTT networks.  For more information visit www.nonfictionproducers.org.

 

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Veteran Television Producer and Executive Michelle Van Kempen Joins the Nonfiction Producers Association (NPA) as Head of Policy and Development

(Jan. 25, 2016) – NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES – The Non-Fiction Producers Association (NPA) today announced that veteran unscripted producer and executive Michelle Van Kempen has joined the organization as head of policy and development. NPA General Manager John Ford made the announcement.

Working out of Los Angeles, Van Kempen will work closely with Ford, to whom she reports, on all NPA issues and initiatives, including strategy and operations, industry events, and membership and member services.

Van Kempen was co-principal and executive producer at Film Garden Entertainment (Platinum WeddingsAmazing Wedding CakesHogs Gone Wild) where she worked for nearly 20 years, from 1994-2013.

Said Ford, “Michelle brings to the NPA a wealth of production, creative and management expertise. She will be invaluable to the NPA as we continue to expand our membership and influence. I look forward to a close collaboration with Michelle as we kick off another exciting year for nonfiction.”

The first professional body created to represent the non-fiction content production business in the United States, the NPA launched in July of 2014 with eight member companies, and quickly grew to 37 companies by the end of 2015, with new member Authentic Entertainment (part of Endemol Shine North America) joining the organization this month, taking membership currently to 38 US production companies (NOTE TO EDITORS: see below for additional information on Authentic Entertainment).

Combined, the NPA’s member companies produce more than half of the non-fiction content on broadcast and cable television, as well as online/OTT networks.

About the NPA

Founded in 2014, the NPA offers information and assistance to production companies, their staffs, and production employees, conveying the strength and value of the industry, and promoting best practices that ensure production employees, independent contractors, vendors and other stakeholders have a voice and platform for meaningful discourse that can encourage and contribute to the continued success and welfare of all parties within the nonfiction television industry. For more information visit www.nonfictionproducers.org.

About Authentic Entertainment

Co-founded by CEO Lauren Lexton in 2000, Authentic Entertainment is an Emmy Award-winning production company based in Burbank, Calif. Authentic produces some of cable TV’s most popular shows, including “Ace of Cakes,” “Flipping Out!,” “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” “Toddlers & Tiaras,” “Knife Fight,” and “Auction Kings” — bringing its creative vision to networks that include Discovery Channel, Food Network, TLC, History Channel, National Geographic, Showtime, Travel Channel, Animal Planet, Bravo, Sundance and WEtv. In 2010, Authentic joined Endemol Shine Group (now Endemol Shine North America), a worldwide leader in multiplatform entertainment programming. For more information, please visit www.authentictv.com.

Nonfiction Producers Association Now Reps Half Of Reality

Launched a little more than a year ago, the Nonfiction Producers Association has passed a milestone: It says it now represents the producers of more than half of all reality TV shows airing in the U.S.

The nonprofit trade group, which was formed in July 2014, now represents 37 of the industry’s largest reality producers. The latest to join include Half Yard Productions (Say Yes To the Dress), Park Slope Productions (Alaskan Bush People), and Stephen David Entertainment (The Men Who Built America).

“It’s been truly inspiring to see so many of the industry’s top producers of nonfiction content express interest in joining this diverse and entrepreneurial group,” said NPA general manager John Ford, the former Discovery Channel president who took over the post from the group’s first GM Rick Feldman, who exited in May. “Even as the industry continues to evolve, producers like Half Yard, Park Slope and Stephen David exemplify why unscripted entertainment will continue to grow and thrive. We’re delighted to welcome these companies to the NPA as we continue to provide a unique, collaborative platform for industry issues and information, and for promoting best practices.”