Non-fiction producers’ trade group NPACT has launched an awards program that will celebrate the producers, buyers and agents working within the non-fiction entertainment industry.
The first annual NPACT Impact Awards will be hosted by comedian and television host Bob Saget (pictured) on June 4 at the Museum of Flying in Santa Monica, California. The inaugural event will kick off with a presentation of honors across six categories, with considerable expansion anticipated for the future.
“It’s been four years since eight maverick producers decided to put their money where their mouths are and launch the first-ever trade organization dedicated to growing and nurturing the non-fiction TV production industry,” said NPACT GM John Ford in a statement. “Now – more than 100 member companies strong – we felt the time was right for the creative voice of the industry to thank and celebrate the people whose talent, hard work and commitment keep our business thriving. From documentary and reality to competition and talk, non-fiction is a major part of the entertainment landscape, and is only getting bigger. We look forward to honoring those integral to creating content that entertains, informs and inspires viewers across the world.”
Nominated in the network of the year category are A&E, Bravo, History, Investigation Discovery, National Geographic, Netflix and Oxygen.
SallyAnn Salsano‘s 495 Productions, Big Fish Entertainment, Bunim/Murray Productions, The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC), Lucky 8, Renegade have all been named production company of the year nominees.
A&E’s Elaine Frontain Bryant Bryant, ID’s Jane Latman, Investigation Discovery’s Winona Meringolo, Discovery’s Max Micallef, Netflix’s Brandon Riegg and A&E’s Amy Savitsky are all vying for network development exec of the year honors.
Investigation Discovery’s Pamela Deutsch and Bravo/Oxygen’s David O’Connell are up for the network production executive of the year award. Both Deustch and O’Connell were the only two executives to receive multiple nominations, and thus are the only two final nominees for the category.
APA, CAA, ICM Partners, UTA and WME are nominated for agency of the year.
Finally, Wheelhouse Entertainment CEO Brent Montgomery will receive NPACT’s first Inspiration Award for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction. Montgomery, who was a founding member of the Nonfiction Producers Association (NPA) before its merger with PactUS to create NPACT, receives the award for his work championing the nonfiction industry and support of the production community.
NPACT members voted to determine the nominees in each category, and secondary voting to determine each winner is currently underway.
Saget is repped by ICM Partners.