Rick Feldman is stepping down from his post as exec director of the Nonfiction Producers Association, the trade group formed last year to represent unscripted production companies.

Feldman, a TV biz vet who previously headed the National Assn. of Television Program Producers, was recruited by NPA founders to help get the association on its feet. He intended from the start to hand the reins to a permanent exec director once the org was established.

The NPA launched last July with eight founding companies — Atlas Media Corp., Big Fish Entertainment, Jane Street Entertainment, Leftfield Pictures, Loud TV, Magilla Entertainment, Original Media and True Entertainment — and has since grown to 34 member companies in New York and Los Angeles.

Among the org’s initial priorities has been to sort out the complicated issue of providing healthcare for freelance employees.

“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. As the scale and complexity of our business has grown, so has NPA membership,” the NPA board said in a statement. “We’re enthused about this next phase in the evolution of the NPA and remain committed to providing a platform that serves the growing nonfiction industry and promotes its value.”

The NPA has tapped exec recruiting firm Carlsen Resources to steer the search for a new chief.

Feldman intends to return to retirement and traveling the world.

“I am very proud of getting the NPA off the ground and recruiting 34 diverse companies. I also enjoyed getting to know this group of creative entrepreneurs,” he said.