Tom Neff Productions
TNP will focus primarily on partnering with corporations and institutions to develop signature series and documentaries for television.
“Through documentaries, organizations can reinforce their brands in a way that has tremendous staying-power with audiences,” said Neff. “They can tell their stories directly by creating a documentary on their history, or indirectly by sponsoring a documentary about a cause that concerns them, such as diversity, nutrition, or perhaps the environment. It is all about creating a relationship with the viewer. Documentaries connect with people very directly, and it doesn't hurt that the cost is very reasonable."
TNP was created by Oscar Nominated and Emmy winning documentary filmmaker Tom Neff, Founder of the Documentary Channel™ (DOC; www.documentarychannel.com), the nation’s first 24/7 channel dedicated exclusively to showing independent documentaries and which launched on DISH Network in January 2006 and on DirecTV in March 2010. The network today airs to over 25 million viewers nationally.
Neff, who has won more than 25 national and international awards for his documentary work, developed the earliest branded documentaries 20 years ago, working with organizations to tell their stories in a fuller, more compelling format than traditional advertising.
Neff executive produced “Speed Dreams” for Exxon, the feature-length “Built for the People” for the Tennessee Valley Authority narrated by Beau Bridges, and “emPOWERed” for the Environmental Protection Agency narrated by Ashley Judd, all of which all aired on DOC.
As Founder, CEO, and later as Chief Creative Officer overseeing Programming and Creative Services, Neff originated the DOC brand and created and designed the channel’s original 24/7 programming schedule. Neff also created and executive produced the three signature programming series currently airing on DOC: “DocTalk,” featuring interviews with current documentary filmmakers and executives about their films and the documentary genre; “Treasures of the Academy,” which airs Oscar-nominated and Oscar-winning documentaries, and also features other activities of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, such as restoration; and “Doc-U,” which introduces the documentaries of students and the next generation of filmmakers.
Tom's own films have ranged in subject and format from the nation’s first HDTV art documentary production with the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Frederic Remington; to a 35mm documentary on the artistry of musical legend Herb Alpert; to the IMAX production “Our Country.” His recent feature-length documentary, “Chances: The Women of Magdalene,” won the Audience Award at the Nashville Film Festival and the Tennessee Spirit Award for the best film of the year by a Tennessean, and was nominated for a Prism Award.
Tom is President of FilmNashville, an organization dedicated to promoting film and television in Nashville. Neff also recently founded The Documentary Film Foundation, a not-for-profit (www.documentaryfilmfoundation.org) to help promote and expand the documentary genre. Neff serves on the Nominating Committees for the Documentary Feature and Documentary Short Oscars, and is a member of both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Television National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California School of Cinema/Television, and has served on many panels, including Sundance, University of Southern California, WestDoc, Nashville Film Festival, Paley Media Center Doc Pitches, RealScreen, and is regular speaker at festivals and conventions -- including recent keynote speaker at the Birmingham Sidewalk Film Festival.
For more on Tom Neff, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Neff.