Rick Feldman departs from Non-Fiction Producers Association

With the former NATPE president and CEO (pictured) leaving the organization after a year, the U.S. based Non-Fiction Producers Association is looking for a permanent executive director.
May 1, 2015

The U.S. based Non-Fiction Producers Association (NPA) is on the hunt for a permanent executive director, with former NATPE president and CEO Rick Feldman departing from the organization.

The NPA was founded in July of last year with Feldman at the helm and eight founding production companies. The membership has since grown to 34 companies in New York and Los Angeles, with additional members pending.

The organization, designed to foster best practices in non-fiction television production while also serving as a source of information and assistance for prodcos and their employees, has retained executive search firm Carlsen Resources to aid in finding Feldman’s replacement.

A statement issued by the NPA board of directors read: “We want to express our sincere gratitude to Rick Feldman¬†whose expertise and hard work successfully launched the NPA, securing membership by many of the industry’s top producers of unscripted television.

“As the scale and complexity of our business has grown, so has NPA membership,” it continued. “We’re enthused about this next phase in the evolution of the NPA and remain committed to providing a platform that serves the growing non-fiction industry and promotes its value.”

Feldman’s next move is unclear at present, but in a statement he said: “I wish the organization the best and will follow its success as I continue to travel the world.”

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