From 1989-2003, John Ford held senior executive positions at Discovery Networks (US), including president of new media, president of content for Discovery Networks, US, founding president of Discovery Health Channel and Discoveryhealth.com; he also served as executive vice president and general manager of TLC (acquired by Discovery in 1991) and led TLC from 1991-99.
From 2003-2007, he served as executive vice president of programming at National Geographic Channel, leading the network’s total programming and ratings turnaround. READ MORE ABOUT JOHN
Michelle Van Kempen Head of Policy and Development
A veteran television production executive, Michelle was co-principal and executive producer at Film Garden Entertainment in Los Angeles for 20 years, where she oversaw all business, production and daily operations of the prolific production company, and served as executive producer on over 600 hours of content, including such diverse series as Platinum Weddings and Amazing Wedding Cakes [WEtv], and Hogs Gone Wild [Discovery Channel]. During her tenure, Film Garden pioneered a wide array of nonfiction genres, from the groundbreaking 1995 formatted docusoap series A Wedding Story [TLC]; to weight-loss competitions like Body Challenge [Discovery Health]; food travelogues like Taste of America [Travel Channel]; stunt/docudrama mash-ups like Carpocalypse [Spike]; and a wide range of character-driven reality such as Keeping Up with the Joneses [BET]; to name just a few. READ MORE ABOUT MICHELLE
David Lyle President Emeritus
David Lyle brought 30 years of international experience in television production with a unique expertise in unscripted entertainment and time spent as both a program buyer and seller.
Lyle was President of PactUS, an organization representing independent U.S. content and TV producers, since its launch in 2015. In 2017, he and John Ford of the Nonfiction Producers Association worked together to merge the two groups into NPACT.