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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