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NPACT network-ranking survey returns, adds Quibi, Facebook, AMC

Non-fiction trade organization NPACT is launching its third annual network ranking survey today (Oct. 11) with a focus on “improvement.” The survey calls on the producers of unscripted, documentary and reality ...
October 11, 2019

Non-fiction trade organization NPACT is launching its third annual network ranking survey today (Oct. 11) with a focus on “improvement.”

The survey calls on the producers of unscripted, documentary and reality series to rank networks and streaming/digital platforms in 11 categories, including “best buyer to work with overall” and “the network/platform most improved since the last survey results were released.”

Commissioners added to the 2019/20 survey are AMC, Facebook, Freeform, Fuse, Hallmark, Nickelodeon, Quibi, Sundance, TV One, USA, Velocity/Motortrend and Viceland.

Participants, including non-members of the organization, may only rank networks they’ve worked with in the last year.

The survey covers eight major areas: pitching; development; executives’ clarity regarding their brand/content needs; business affairs; editorial oversight/notes; production management; finance; and schedule/promo support.

Producers can also cite four commissioners they most respect and why. Selections in that category will not be limited to those that producers have worked in just the last 12 months.

While once again ranking networks/platforms from the best to deal with overall to the “most difficult,” and highlighting most improved, this year’s survey will incorporate “improvement” into all survey areas.

The second annual survey results were released in January 2018, with Showtime, CBS and A&E taking the top spots for “best networks to deal with overall.”

“Over the four years NPACT has worked on this study, the biggest benefit has been facilitating communication between the production community and content buyers, which ultimately promotes a healthy industry ecosystem,” said Michelle Van Kempen (pictured), interim general manager of NPACT, in a statement.

Results will be released in January 2020.

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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