John Ford serves as general manager of the Non-Fiction Producers Association (NPA), the first professional body created to represent the non-fiction content production business in the United States. Launched in 2014, the NPA’s membership currently includes 41 US production companies.
Ford served as president and GM of Discovery Channel from 2007 through the end of 2009. He also served as president and general manager of Discovery’s Military Channel and Discovery Times Channel, whose conversion to Investigation Discovery (ID) he initiated.
In January 2015, Ford and a team of partners launched Justice Network, a digital multicast network devoted to true-crime programming, where Ford also remains the head of programming.
Ford also established John Ford Media, LLC in 2011, and served as head of creative at the short-form content advisory SyncSense, whose clients included TNT, ABC, NGC and Travel Channel. Ford Media's clients have included WE tv, Travel Channel, RLTV and NGC, as well as several non-fiction production companies.
Under his leadership, Ford’s channels earned numerous primetime, and news and documentary Emmy awards, and two Peabody Awards. As a network executive, he has garnered hundreds of production credits as executive producer and executive in charge of production.