Exclusive: NPA brings on Van Kempen

Former Film Garden Entertainment executive Michelle Van Kempen has been named head of policy and development at the U.S.-based Non-Fiction Producers Association.
January 25, 2016

Former Film Garden Entertainment executive Michelle Van Kempen has been named head of policy and development at the U.S.-based Non-Fiction Producers Association (NPA).

In her new post, Van Kempen is to work closely alongside NPA GM John Ford, to whom she reports, on such organizational initiatives as strategy and operations, industry events, and membership and member services. She will be based out of the company’s Los Angeles offices.

Previously, Van Kempen served for nearly 20 years as co-principal and executive producer at the Southern California-based Film Garden Entertainment, where her credits included such programming as Discovery Channel’s Hogs Gone Wild and WE tv’s Platinum Weddings and Amazing Wedding Cakes.

The organization, which launched in July 2014, is 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.

According to the NPA, the 38 production firms under its umbrella produce more than half of the non-fiction content on broadcast and cable television in the U.S., as well as OTT networks. This month, Authentic Entertainment (Ace of Cakes, Flipping Out) has also joined the organization.

“Michelle brings to the NPA a wealth of production, creative and management expertise,” said Ford in a statement. “She will be invaluable to the NPA as we continue to expand our membership and influence.”

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