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Your take on 2017: John Ford, NPACT

As 2017 drew to a close, realscreen offered industry professionals from around the globe the chance to sound off about the year that was by taking part in our annual ...
January 10, 2018

As 2017 drew to a close, realscreen offered industry professionals from around the globe the chance to sound off about the year that was by taking part in our annual year-end reader’s survey. Over the course of this week, and in the upcoming print edition of realscreen, we’ll be featuring some of your responses.

Next up, John Ford, general manager of NPACT.

My favorite factual program/series/feature documentary of 2017 was:
Jane.

I never thought they’d make a program about:
Bitcoin.

The program/series/doc people will be talking about in five years is:
Live PD.

In 18 months, no one will be talking about:
“Live” Nielsen ratings.

The most positive development in the non-fiction content industry this past year was:
Pact US merging with the NPA to form NPACT.

The most troubling development in the non-fiction content industry this past year was:
Relentless, mindless budget cutting.

The idea I wish I thought of was:
The Trading Spaces reboot.

The idea I’m happiest to have had this year was:
Letting everyone else have the good ideas.

If 2017 taught me one thing it was:
This president will say just about anything.

The buzzword I don’t want to hear in 2018 is:
“Pivot.”

My New Year’s resolution for 2018 is:
Make Non-fiction Production Great Again! (Wait, it already is).

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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