Update From John Ford
July 21, 2017
Even though we are in the middle of summer, with heat waves just about everywhere, stuff is happening in nonfiction. First and most obviously, Scripps and Discovery are rumored to be in merger talks. This is the latest update I've seen:
Second, nonfiction continues to be the most cost-effective means of generating television ratings. The night of July 19 is typical, where 11 of the top 20 shows in cable were nonfiction. This is typical, any night of the year, unless it's the NCAA tourney or something else unusual.
Meanwhile, America's Got Talent and the like are dominating broadcast ratings.
Third, the NPACT merger is getting finalized. We will announce a new, nine-member Executive Committee shortly, reach a formal legal agreement in a couple of weeks, and already have merged most elements of the two websites into one. Integration is happening.
NPACT In the News
Doubling Down on Content
July 31, 2017 | CNBC: NPACT General Manager and former Discovery President John Ford discusses the Discovery and Scripps Network merger deal, valued at $11.9 billion and how it could impact the market. He says content is still king. SEE THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE
John Ford Discusses the NPA-PactUS Merger
June 12, 2017 | Realscreen: Realscreen caught up with John Ford, General Manager of NPACT, at Realscreen West in Santa Monica to talk about the merger. READ THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE
PactUS and Non-Fiction Producers Association (NPA) Merge to Create NPACT