John Ford to Exit as Head of Unscripted Producers Trade Association NPact

Variety | 7/18/2019 | Cynthia Littleton
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John Ford has stepped down as general manager of NPact, the trade association that represents unscripted TV producers.

Ford is exiting the post he’s held since 2015 because of the potential for conflicts of interest arising from his role as head of programming for digital multicast outlets Justice Network and Quest Network. The channels were bought out for $77 million in May by Tegna, which now has plans to commission original unscripted series from the same pool of producers that Ford represents through NPact. Ford has been with Justice and Quest since late 2014 but the channels to date have only carried library programming acquired from Turner Broadcasting and others.

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Michelle Van Kempen, NPact’s head of policy and development, will serve as interim general manager while the org’s executive committee begins a search for Ford’s replacement.

Founders of NPact credited Ford with growing the organization’s roster to more than 100 member companies. The association was founded in 2014 as the Nonfiction Producers Association with eight charter members.

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“John has been a peerless leader, helping transform a nascent organization with big dreams – and many strong, rowdy opinions –...
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