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

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