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NPA membership surges following Summit ’17

Ten new member companies have joined the Nonfiction Producers Association (NPA), lifting the organization’s membership to a total of 52 entities across the U.S. and Canada. Of the 10 companies joining ...
February 2, 2017

Ten new member companies have joined the Nonfiction Producers Association (NPA), lifting the organization’s membership to a total of 52 entities across the U.S. and Canada.

Of the 10 companies joining the NPA following last week’s 2017 Realscreen Summit in Washington, D.C. and 2017 NATPE in Miami, eight are production companies and individual producers, including Matthew Kelly and Michael Sorensen‘s prodco Anomaly Entertainment; I Am Homicide producer Blackfin Productions; Bottle Rocket Films, founded by Flower Hulihan; multimedia prodco INvelop Entertainment, launched by Brant Pinvidic; producer Diana Marcketta; Magilla Entertainment-owned Mix Tape Media from Seanbaker Carter; OAKZ Media-owned Pink Sneakers from founders John and Kimberly Ehrhard; and Red Rock Films, founded by 30-year TV veteran Brian Armstrong.

The remaining two are “associate” member companies, which serve the industry. They include Media Central, a global company offering crews, production and post; and Wise Entertainment Law, focusing on the negotiation of U.S. cable network agreements and other transactions relating to reality television shows.

“We’ve had an exciting and high-profile two weeks at two of our industry’s most important gatherings, resulting in a surge of interest in the NPA and 10 new members,” said NPA GM John Ford (pictured) in a statement. “Our blue-chip membership of top companies produces over 4,000 hours of non-fiction a year, including some of the longest-running and top-rated series on the air. Our recent introduction of several new tiers of membership adds greater diversity to our ranks.

“The NPA engages the issues that are most important to producers and networks, and remains 100% committed to promoting best practices that support the unscripted business,” he added.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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