The Nonfiction Producers Association (NPA) has introduced new membership options to serve the creative community in response to demand from smaller production companies, individual producers and show runners, and professional service providers.
The organization’s board of directors has established three tiers of participation for production companies and producers that are based on company size and volume of work. Effective immediately, prodco membership will now include: the original “standard” membership, which cites specific revenue and employee/staff criteria; a new “emerging” tier, with lower benchmarks/barriers to entry for smaller companies; and a new “sole proprietor” level that accommodates individual executive producers and show runners who’ve established their own production labels. It’s also added a new “associate” class of membership for vendors and service providers to the industry. Membership fees (which remain proprietary) will slide accordingly across the four membership categories.
Trace Sheehan of production company Boomdozer is the first to in the sole proprietor category to join the NPA. His credits include the upcoming documentary Food Evolution with Neil deGrasse Tyson. Meanwhile, Take 1 Transcription, a provider of transcription and language solutions including translation, closed captioning and subtitling, has become the NPA’s first associate member.
The NPA has also welcomed its first Canadian prodco, Toronto -based Cream Productions, which is run by executive producer and CEO David Brady. His credits include Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan, Aftermath for National Geographic Channel, Survivorman for Discovery and Paranormal Witness for SyFy.
Responding to increasing membership, the NPA has also expanded its executive committee from six representatives to eight, adding producers David Garfinkle (Renegade 83) and Jenny Daly (T Group) to the committee, which also includes founding members Bruce David Klein (Bunim Murray), Eric Schotz (LMNO) and Steven Weinstock (True Entertainment and Original Media).
According to a statement from NPA GM John Ford (pictured), the new options created make it easier for more segments of the business to join, including talent with new skill sets and fresh points of view that offer an advantage to the NPA as it works to address the key issues driving nonfiction entertainment.