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Reality Producers Get Their Own Trade Group; NATPE Veteran Rick Feldman Named Executive Director

Reality Producers Get Their Own Trade Group; NATPE Veteran Rick Feldman Named Executive DirectorFormer NATPE President Rick Feldman has been named executive director of the newly created Nonfiction Producers Association, a nonprofit trade group representing companies that produce documentaries and reality TV shows. Feldman, who served as president of the National Association of Television Program Executives from 2003-12, also was the longtime president and general manager of KCOP-TV Los Angeles. In his new job, he will be the chief spokesman for producers of reality TV shows. Companies that have signed up for the NPA membership include Leftfield Pictures, Original Media, True Entertainment, , Magilla Entertainment, Atlas Media Corp, Big Fish Entertainment, Jane Street Entertainment and Loud TV.

RickFeldman“This organization includes men and women who run companies that, for the most part, have a high degree of employee loyalty and want to have a business where everybody succeeds at all levels,” Feldman told Deadline. “And we’re going to work hard to make sure that that happens.”

In a statement on its founding, the NPA said that it was “created as a professional body that can provide industry information, training and assistance to production companies, their staffs, and production employees, and promote ‘best practices’ that ensure production employees, independent contractors, vendors and other stakeholders have a voice and platform for meaningful discourse that can encourage and contribute to the continued success and welfare of all parties within the nonfiction television industry.”

WGA East Executive Director Lowell Peterson, who has been trying to unionize reality TV writer-producers, said the formation of the new trade group “shows that reality TV is consolidating, is profitable and wants to play in the big leagues. I look forward to sitting with Mr. Feldman and talking about working conditions and respect for the right of employees to bargain collectively.”

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Rick Feldman To Step Down As NATPE President & CEO, Will Stay As Consultant

By | Tuesday February 7, 2012 @ 1:38pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Los Angeles, CA, Feb. 7, 2012 – Rick Feldman, who has served as President and CEO of NATPE for the past nine years will segue, as planned, from his post at the end of his contract on April 30 into a three-year consultancy with the organization, it was jointly announced by Jordan Levin and Chris Grant, co-chairmen of NATPE.

NATPE has retained Korn Ferry to administer an executive search to select a new operating chief for NATPE.  Feldman will assist with the transition.

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NATPE Brass Tout Rising Attendance For 2012 Conference After Decade-Long Slump

By | Tuesday December 13, 2011 @ 12:26pm PST

The world is beating a path back to NATPE after the annual TV programming conference spent the better part of the last decade fighting for its survival. When NATPE’s 2012 Market & Conference unfolds January 23-25 in Miami Beach at the Fontainebleau Resort, it will feature in excess of 600 buyers, more than 200 exhibiting companies and some 5,500 attendees, NATPE president and CEO Rick Feldman estimated during a conference call with reporters this morning. That’s significantly greater interest than there was for the confab as recently as five years ago, Feldman stressed. “It’s not going to look like it did 15 years ago,” he was quick to add. “But relative to the market as it is today, we’ll be featuring the best contingent of domestic broadcasters that we’ve had in a very long time. From every single perspective — distributors, total attendees, buyers and advertisers — we’re either slightly to really nicely ahead of where we were. And a lot of the companies participating this time are new ones. If you look at the list, so many of them didn’t exist five years ago.” Also flocking back to NATPE after lackluster participation in recent years are the bigger agencies like UTA, CAA, WME and ICM, Feldman noted. Read More »

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