After less than a year on the job, Rick Feldman has stepped down as executive director of Nonfiction Producers Association, a nonprofit trade group launched last year to rep companies that produce documentaries and reality TV shows.
Feldman, who served as president of NATPE from 2003-12, joined the New York-based Nonfiction Producers Association shortly after its founding in June of 2014. The organization says it’s now begun “a broad search for a new, long-term executive director.”
“I am very proud of getting the NPA off the ground and recruiting 34 diverse companies,” he’s quoted in a statement provided by the company. “I also enjoyed getting to know this group of creative entrepreneurs. I wish the organization the best and will follow its success as I continue to travel the world!”
When Feldman initially was brought on board at the NPA there was no mention of his being a transitional leader. Now, the organization is saying he joined “to spearhead the launch phase,” and will be moving on now that he has “completed his work.” Asked if he’d been fired, a spokesman said: “No. He’s moving on to do other things, which is what he said in his quote.” Asked if he could be reached for an interview, a spokesperson said that he’s traveling and not available for interviews.
“We want to express our sincere gratitude to Rick Feldman whose expertise and hard work successfully launched the NPA, securing membership by many of the industry’s top producers of unscripted television,” the organization’s board of directors said in a statement. “As the scale and complexity of our business has grown, so has NPA membership. We’re enthused about this next phase in the evolution of the NPA and remain committed to providing a platform that serves the growing non-fiction industry and promotes its value.”