A&E, Big Fish among winners at inaugural NPACT Impact Awards

A&E Network has taken two out of five awards at the inaugural NPACT Impact Awards, held in Santa Monica Monday night (June 4). A&E fought off competition from Bravo, Netflix, ...
June 4, 2018

A&E Network has taken two out of five awards at the inaugural NPACT Impact Awards, held in Santa Monica Monday night (June 4).

A&E fought off competition from Bravo, Netflix, ID, National Geographic, Oxygen and sister net History for network of the year honors.

Meanwhile, A&E programming EVP, Elaine Frontain Bryant (pictured), was named network development executive of the year, and Live PD prodco Big Fish Entertainment was named production company of the year.

William Morris Endeavor (WME) was named agency of the year, while Bravo and Oxygen exec David O’Connell was named network production executive of the year.

Wheelhouse Entertainment founder and former ITV America and Leftfield Entertainment executive Brent Montgomery received NPACT’s first Inspiration Award for outstanding achievement in non-fiction.

Actor and comedian Bob Saget served as host for the evening’s festivities, held at Santa Monica’s Museum of Flying.

Saget, currently helming a documentary about comedian, artist and musician Martin Mull, is no stranger to unscripted and non-fiction programming, with a series on A&E (Strange Days) and, of course, classic clip show America’s Funniest Home Videos in his portfolio.

Speaking to Realscreen, Saget said that his experience with the A&E show and his daughters’ appreciation of various reality shows, such as My 600 Lb. Life showed him that unscripted content “gives people a voice that didn’t have it before.”

“There’s nothing better than to give back to an industry that has given so much to us – collectively, the producers, buyers, agents, marketers and everyone whose talent and hard work have elevated nonfiction,” said NPACT general manager John Ford in a statement. “We congratulate all of tonight’s winners, and nominees, and look forward to expanding and evolving the NPACT Impact Awards.”

The list of nominees and winners follows:
(1) Agency of the Year:

(2) Network Production Executive of the Year:
David O’Connell (Bravo/Oxygen) – WINNER
• Pamela Deutsch (ID)

(3) Network Development Executive of the Year:
Elaine Frontain Bryant (A&E) – WINNER
• Jane Latman (ID)
• Winona Meringolo (ID)
• Max Micallef (Discovery)
• Brandon Riegg (Netflix)
• Amy Savitsky (A&E)

(4) Production Company of the Year:
Big Fish Entertainment – WINNER
• 495 Productions
• Bunim/Murray Productions
• The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC)
• Lucky 8
• Renegade

(5) Network of the Year:
• Bravo
• History
• Investigation Discovery (ID)
• National Geographic
• Netflix
• Oxygen

The awards were held as hundreds from the international unscripted and non-fiction screen content industry arrive in Santa Monica for the 10th anniversary edition of Realscreen West, taking place from June 5-7 at the Fairmont Miramar.

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Andrew Jeffrey joined Realscreen in 2021 as its news editor. Here, he helps to oversee assignment, reporting and editing for Realscreen's daily newsletter. Prior to his work covering documentary and non-fiction film and TV, he worked as a reporter and associate producer for CBC Edmonton, and as a reporter for The Star Calgary, where he covered daily news on beats such as local and provincial politics, health care and harm reduction, sports and education. His work has appeared in other Canadian news outlets such as TVO, the Edmonton Journal and Avenue Magazine.