A collection of New York-based production companies has united to form the Nonfiction Producers Association (NPA), a non-profit trade group that describes itself as “dedicated to maintaining, growing and nurturing the documentary and nonfiction TV production industry.”
Former NATPE president and CEO Rick Feldman has been appointed executive director of the new association, with member companies including Leftfield Pictures, Atlas Media Corp, Magilla Entertainment, Jane Street Entertainment, Original Media, Big Fish Entertainment, True Entertainment and Loud TV.
In its first statement, the NPA offered the following regarding its formation: “Non-fiction content is a significant part of the programming landscape and, thus, warrants an Association dedicated to the advancement and protection of all those whose talents, hard work and commitment literally created the industry.
“The businesses of nonfiction television take pride in providing vibrant creative workplaces and opportunity for thousands of ambitious men and women. The Nonfiction Producers Association looks forward to growing its membership, and eagerly and enthusiastically welcomes many more production companies to our ranks as we unite to protect and celebrate our dynamic entertainment genre.”
While the founding member prodcos are all New York-based, membership is open to members across the U.S. Organizers say the foundation was created to provide industry information, training and assistance to prodcos, their staffs and production employees; and to promote best practices that will, according to the association, “ensure production employees, independent contractors, vendors and other stakeholders have a voice and platform for meaningful discourse that can encourage and contribute to the continued success and welfare of all parties within the nonfiction television industry.”
The association will be served by a board of directors and an executive committee comprised of representatives from the member companies.
The announcement of the NPA’s formation comes after the latest round of mergers, acquisitions and consolidation that has seen broadcast companies such as ITV and Discovery as well as major superindies snapping up myriad production companies in assorted multi-million dollar deals.
On the other side of the coin, working conditions within the industry have been put under the microscope recently, as seen in last week’s public hearing held by the New York City Council’s Civil Service and Labor Committee. A report from the WGA East, entitled “The Real Reality: Working Conditions in the Nonfiction and Reality Television Industry in NYC” was presented at the hearing.