ID & Hulu top NPACT’s unscripted survey, as Amazon, ABC & Discovery+ miss top 10

Disney streamer Hulu and US network ID have emerged as among the favourite Stateside commissioners, according to American unscripted production trade body NPACT. The trade association’s annual survey canvasses producers of unscripted, documentary and reality series to rate their favourite networks and streaming platforms across numerous categories. Much changed as a result of the challenges […]

HBO tops NPACT’s unscripted rankings for preferred US networks, platforms

NPACT, the trade association for non-fiction production companies doing business in the US, has unveiled the latest findings from its annual network-ranking survey. The 2020 Network Ranking Survey report canvassed producers of unscripted, documentary and reality series in the US, including NPACT members and non-members, to rank their favourite – and least favorite – networks […]

NPACT boss John Ford to step down

NPACT general manager John Ford is to step down from the organisation. The exec, a long-time champion of the US non-scripted production community, is departing due to a potential conflict of interest arising from the recent sale of Justice Network and Quest Network, where Ford has been head of programming since 2015. As a result […]

TBI Weekly: Old vs. new money face off for unscripted

A wealth of shiny digital entrants may well suggest TV is currently a supplier’s market, but this week’s Realscreen Summit has been an invaluable reminder that sustainable business models in the unscripted world are still lacking, particularly as stalwarts such as Discovery and Nat Geo endure major upheaval.   “Old money” cable networks and broadcasters […]

Amazon fares badly in NPACT factual survey

Amazon’s approach to factual commissioning is leaving plenty much to be desired, according to a new survey from non-fiction body NPACT. The SVOD service fared badly in various sections of the survey, as Apple, Netflix, YouTube Red and traditional networks such as Smithsonian Channel and Oxygen were positively received. Amazon was considered to have the […]

David Lyle passes away aged 67

Former Fox, National Geographic and FremantleMedia chief David Lyle has passed away aged 67. The well-liked and much-respected executive succumbed after a long fight with cancer on Thursday at his home in LA. The Australia-born Lyle was permanent figure at international markets such as MIPCOM, and was widely respected for his humorous, straight-talking approach to […]

US non-scripted bodies merge to create NPACT

The Non-Fiction Producers Association (NPA) and PactUS are merging to create a new US-based non-scripted producers body, NPACT. In an “unprecedented show of solidarity” aimed at highlighting the strength of non-scripted prodcos in the US and fighting off a “looming crisis”, the two trades bodies have pooled forces. NPACT will include 99 member prodcos and […]