Two of the biggest groups in nonfiction TV are merging, a clear sign of solidarity between producers and content creators in the rapidly evolving reality marketplace. Effective this week, the Nonfiction Producers Association (NPA) and PactUS will now operate as one entity, NPACT.
“It is simply unparalleled in our business for a group of competitors at this high level of achievement to band together for the longevity, vitality and greater good of an industry,” said John Ford, NPA general manager who will now serve as GM of NPACT. “We face a looming crisis in keeping unscripted production companies healthy, one we can only address by coming together with a unified voice.”
The move sees PactUS leader David Lyle becoming NPACT president emeritus. “Combining PactUS and the NPA into one powerhouse organization offers a tremendous combination of resources and talents, and serves as a turning point that is key to helping preserve, propel and expand the nonfiction content business,” said Lyle. “The new NPACT represents the maverick spirit of creativity and entrepreneurship — the core DNA of unscripted — and will allow us to achieve our mutual goals so much faster.”
NPACT, which includes 99 member companies, will operate out of offices in New York, Los Angeles and Washington. Members include such heavy-hitters as Endemol Shine North America, FremantleMedia North America, ITV America and Bunim/Murray Productions.
Membership remains open to nonfiction production companies in North America, as well as sole proprietors, individual executive producers and showrunners with their own established their own labels.