Industry mourns Zig Zag, PactUS exec Matt Gould

Former Discovery, Zig Zag Productions and PactUS executive Matt Gould has passed away, aged 48. Gould worked for The New York Times’ TV division before joining Discovery in 2004, where he was behind shows including Miami Ink for TLC and American Chopper for Discovery Channel. He later worked for US cabler Travel Channel as head […]

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 […]

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 […]

PactUS plans digital content mini-market

PactUS and the Global Online Video Association (GOVA) are working together on a selection of initiatives, including the launch of a digital content-focused mini-market. The pair is launching an event that they bill as “first-of-its-kind”, which will comprise “select linear TV and digital buyers”. The move comes after PactUS, the American arm of UK indie […]

PactUS plots digital expansion

The US arm of independent producers association Pact has forged a new alliance with a group representing producers of web content. The digital expansion also sees PactUS team up with a US law firm that specialises in digital programming deals. David Lyle (left), the former Fox exec who heads PactUS, is expanding the breadth of […]

Eli Holzman to chair PactUS board

US producer and indie boss Eli Holzman will chair the board of PactUS. The US producers’ association, modelled on its UK equivalent, was formed last year and has now named its board members. Holzman, who left All3Media America to form the Intellectual Property Corporation at the start of the year, will be joined by execs […]

All3, Endemol Shine among 30 PactUS sign-ups

All3Media America and Endemol Shine North America are among 30 TV producers that have signed up to indies association PactUS as initial members. The 30 companies include All3 America and its family of prodcos – namely Bentley Productions, Bogner Content, Commonwealth Unscripted, Company Pictures, ID-TV, Lime, Lion Television USA, Maverick, MME Moviement, North One Television, […]

PactUS makes first hire

The New US arm of UK indies body Pact has hired Matt Gould has its executive VP. The hire is the first PactUS has made since David Lyle was revealed as president of the body last month. Gould was most recently executive VP at UK indie Zig Zag Productions, where he worked with US broadcasters […]

PactUS formed with ex-Nat Geo chief Lyle

Former National Geographic Channel CEO David Lyle will be the inaugural president of UK indie trade body Pact’s stateside arm. Lyle (left) is currently establishing offices in New York and LA for PactUS, which will seek to give voice to the American indie television production community. He will hire staff to man these bases, and […]