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US non-scripted bodies merge to create NPACT

The Non-Fiction Producers Association (NPA) and PactUS are merging to create a new US-based non-scripted producers body, NPACT.

John FordIn an “unprecedented show of solidarity” aimed at highlighting the strength of non-scripted prodcos in the US and fighting off a “looming crisis”, the two trades bodies have pooled forces.

NPACT will include 99 member prodcos and showrunners (see below), and have offices in New York, LA and Washington DC.

Among these are mainstream producer such as All3Media America, Endemol Shine North America, Bunim/Murray Productions, ITV America, FremantleMedia North America and 3 Ball Entertainment.

NPA general manager John Ford (right) is to take the same role at NPACT, with PactUS president David Lyle (below left) becoming president emeritus.

The board will comprise members of both former entities, with an executive committee continuing to govern.


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“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,” said Ford, the former Discovery Channel and National Geographic boss and Justice Network programming chief who has run NPA since its establishment in July 2015.

David_Lyle“We face a looming crisis in keeping unscripted production companies healthy, one we can only address by coming together with a unified voice,” he added.

Former Fox Look and Nat Geo chief Lyle established PactUS as the American wing of UK indie producers body PACT months before NPA came into existence.

Lyle said NPACT’s creation marked “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,” he added.

 

NPACT members

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 Productions; 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 North America; 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; 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 Television US; Meetinghouse Productions; Mix Tape Media; MME Filmpool; MY Entertainment; Noble Savages; Objective Media Group US; October Films USA; Optomen USA; 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 USA; T Group Productions; Talos Films; TCB Media Rights; The CO; Trium Entertainment; Truly Original; World of Wonder; (One company name withheld at request)

 

Associate Members

Gold: Pond 5

Silver: Media Services; Vanacore Music

Bronze: 3Beep; Audio Network; Compact Media; Go To Team; GreenSlate; Jukin Media; Media Central; Take1 Transcription; Wise Entertainment Law