Fourteen more production companies from New York and Los Angeles have joined the Non-Fiction Producers Association (NPA), the fledgling non-profit trade group dedicated to growing non-fiction industry.
Bunim/Murray Productions, Evolution Media, Eyeworks USA, Go Go Luckey Entertainment, GRB Entertainment, High Noon Entertainment, Lighthearted Entertainment, LMNO Productions, MY Entertainment, Optomen, Renegade 83, Sharp Entertainment, The Ebersol Lanigan Company and Zodiak New York have all joined the organization, it announced today (August 27).
The news comes after the NPA launched last month with eight companies on board: Atlas Media Corp, Big Fish Entertainment, Jane Street Entertainment, Leftfield Pictures, Loud TV, Magilla Entertainment, Original Media and True Entertainment.
At launch, the NPA said it aims to promote best practices that will “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 non-fiction television industry.”
In addition, the organization said today (August 27) that it has also formed a six-member executive committee and a 15-member board of directors, although the names of those on the committee and the board have yet to be released.
The board’s first meeting will be held on September 10 in New York, where the group will establish its first set of initiatives.
“We are gratified by the continuing and growing positive response to the formation of the NPA, and are delighted to welcome these new companies – from the East and West Coasts – to our ranks,” said NPA exec director Rick Feldman (pictured above).
“The NPA now includes 22 of the industry’s top television producers, and we are currently in talks with more production companies that have expressed serious interest.”
UPDATE: 3 p.m. EST: The news of the latest companies to join the NPA has been cautiously welcomed by the Writers Guild of America, East.
In a statement, the organization said: “For several years now, the Writers Guild of America, East has worked to raise awareness among elected officials and the general public of the difficult working conditions faced by people working in non-fiction/reality television.
“We hope the NPA and its new members will address the serious workplace issues faced by their employees. The Writers Guild of America, East has been working closely with the thousands of writer-producers who work so hard to make non-fiction programs successful. These efforts have brought company-paid health benefits, paid time off, minimum compensation levels, and other important protections to many producers and associate producers.
“We look forward to working closely with the NPA and prodcos to extend these improvements industry-wide.”