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NPA and PactUS merge to create NPACT

Two of the largest organizations dedicated to serving the producers of non-fiction entertainment content have merged. The Nonfiction Producers Association (NPA) and PactUS have come together to form a new association: ...
June 5, 2017

Two of the largest organizations dedicated to serving the producers of non-fiction entertainment content have merged.

The Nonfiction Producers Association (NPA) and PactUS have come together to form a new association: NPACT.

John Ford (pictured left), who has served as general manager of the NPA since 2015, will become general manager of NPACT. David Lyle (right), who has served since 2015 as president of PactUS, will work with NPACT as president emeritus.

The new association will aim to serve as a voice for the non-fiction creative community. It will strive to tackle challenges producers face in an age of media disruption, help them expand their businesses and offer a forum for producers to address business issues.

As part of the merger, NPACT will have an ongoing relationship with Pact in the UK, collaborating on joint projects and aiding one another in addressing producers’ challenges globally.

With offices in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., NPACT will include 99 member companies that collectively produce the vast majority of all non-fiction content for U.S. broadcast, cable television and digital platforms.

Among NPACT’s members are companies such as All3Media America, Bunim/Murray Productions, Endemol Shine North America, FremantleMedia North America, ITV America, Renegade 83, Truly Original, 3 Ball Entertainment, and others.

Their series include American IdolPawn StarsThe Real Housewives of Atlanta and Born This Way to Hell’s KitchenUndercover BossIntervention and Naked and Afraid, among thousands of others.

“It is simply unparalleled in our business for a group of competitors at this high level of achievement to band together for the longevity, vitality and greater good of an industry,” said Ford, in a statement. “We face a looming crisis in keeping unscripted production companies healthy, one we can only address by coming together with a unified voice.”

Added Lyle, “Combining PactUS and the NPA into one powerhouse organization offers a tremendous combination of resources and talents, and serves as a turning point that is key to helping preserve, propel and expand the nonfiction content business. The new NPACT represents the maverick spirit of creativity and entrepreneurship – the core DNA of unscripted – and will allow us to achieve our mutual goals so much faster.”

NPACT will continue to offer membership to non-fiction production companies in North America, as well as sole proprietors, individual executive producers and showrunners who have established their own labels. NPACT also offers an “Associate” class of membership for service providers to the industry.

NPACT’s board of directors will be comprised of members of both former entities (NPA and PactUS) and the new organization will continue to be governed by an executive committee of the board.

NPACT MEMBER ROSTER

Production Companies
1895 Films
2C Media
3 Ball Entertainment
51 Minds
Alkemy X
All3Media America
Anomaly Entertainment
Another Green World
Anvil 1893 Entertainment
Atlas Industries
Atlas Media Corp
Atomic Productions
Authentic Entertainment
BBC America
BBold Content
Big Fish Entertainment
Blackfin Productions
Bogner Content
Boomdozer Inc.
Bottle Rocket Films
Bristow Global Media
Bunim/Murray Productions
Cineflix
Collins Ave
Craig Armstrong
Cream Productions
Diana Marcketta
Electus
Endemol Shine
Essential Quail
Evolution Media USA
FremantleMedia North America
Gigantic! Productions
Glass Entertainment Group
Go Go Luckey Entertainment
GRB Entertainment
Half Yard Productions
High Noon Entertainment
Hot Snakes Media
IM Global
INvelop Entertainment
IPC
ITV America
Jane Street Entertainment
Jupiter Entertainment
Kinetic Content
Leftfield Pictures
Leopard US
Lighthearted Entertainment
Lime TV
Lion Television
Loud TV
Love Productions USA
Lucky 8
Magical Elves
Magilla Entertainment
MAK Pictures
Maverick TV US
Meetinghouse Productions
Mix Tape Media
MME Filmpool
MY Entertainment
Noble Savages
Objective Productions
October Films
Optomen
Outpost Entertainment
Park Slope Productions
Phiphen Pictures
Pink Sneakers Productions
ProMedia Productions
Propagate Content
Punched in the Head
Red Rock Films
Renegade 83
Sharp Entertainment
Sirens Media
Stephen David Entertainment
Studio Lambert
T Group Productions
Talos Films
TCB Media Rights
The CO
Trium Entertainment
Truly Original
World of Wonder
(One company name withheld at request.) 

Associate Members
Gold

Pond 5

Silver
Media Services
Vanacore Music

Bronze
3Beep
Audio Network
Compact Media
Go To Team
GreenSlate
Jukin Media
Media Central
Take1 Transcription
Wise Entertainment Law

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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