April 18, 2018 | Realscreen: National Geographic has provided 1895 Films, Tom Jennings‘ Los Angeles-based studio, the greenlight to produce an archive-focused docuseries that will shed new light on some of the world’s most iconic events.
Titled, In Their Own Words, the factual series will utilize original, overlooked audio and film archival recordings to craft authentic first-person accounts from the people who lived through each historic and life-changing event. The project will also interweave carefully constructed filmed elements. READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE.
West Coast Members Talk Shop
Unscripted and Unprepared with Brent Montgomery
March 27, 2018 | Realscreen: Brent Montgomery, whose new Wheelhouse Entertainment is an NPACT member, began his career in unscripted television with stints on such series as The Bachelor, Wife Swap and Blind Date. His company, Leftfield Pictures, sold its first series (The Principal’s Office) in 2008 and grew rapidly, adding myriad series and hundreds of programming hours to its roster, including the industry-defining franchise Pawn Stars, which launched on History in 2009. You can see the article and his podcast interview with Jimmy Fox HERE.
NPACT Secures Health Care Options for Member Companies
February 13, 2018 | Variety: The notion that Hollywood’s two largest agencies — WME and CAA — are aggressively moving into production is fraught with the potential for conflicts of interest that arise when the same company represents the creative talent on one side of the table and is the employer on the other. The practice, known in industry jargon as double-dipping, was expressly banned by the Screen Actors Guild for nearly 60 years. READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE.
First of Its Kind Hollywood Disability Inclusion Toolkit Offers Entertainment Professionals Facts & Sources
As entertainment professionals across all platforms work to become more inclusive of minorities, RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization that fights stigma and advances opportunities for people with disabilities, announces the launch of a toolkit, which offers Hollywood professionals the facts and sources they need to get disability inclusion right. “Opening the inclusion umbrella for America’s largest minority – the one-in-five Americans with a disability – is the right thing to do as well as economically smart given that the disability market is valued at more than $1 trillion,” said reality-TV pioneer and NPACT member Jonathan Murray who serves on the board of directors of RespectAbility and hosted the launch of the toolkit. Get the toolkit HERE and visit respectability.org.
Focusing on Nonfiction Producer Needs
NPACT is the trade association for nonfiction production companies, offering vital information and professional services to its members. NPACT's 100 members come in all sizes and platforms, from traditional to digital, and are spread across the U.S., Canada, U.K., South Korea, and Singapore. The members produce three-quarters of the nonfiction content airing in the United States. Nonfiction production is a multi-billion dollar industry that provides tens of thousands of high-paying jobs and NPACT is at its center.