About Us

A national nonprofit media arts organization, American Documentary (AmDoc) strives to make essential documentaries accessible as a catalyst for public discourse. We collaborate with passionate filmmakers to amplify their voices, and to nurture the nonfiction community.

Broadcast Series

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POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is American television's longest-running showcase for independent nonfiction films. POV premieres 14–16 of the best, boldest, and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 400 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.

America ReFramed

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America ReFramed is a year-round documentary series that illuminates the changing contours of our ever-evolving nation. A co-production with the WORLD Channel, the series launched in 2012 to respond to the growing need for intimate and diverse stories that are domestically based. Viewers are immersed in personal stories that span the spectrum of American life, and are invited to reflect on topics as varied as healthcare, politics, gun violence, religion, and more. America ReFramed has won GRACIE, Christopher, Telly, and Cine Golden Eagle Awards, and received nominations for an EMMY, Independent Documentary Association, and Imagen Awards.

Interactive

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Since 1994, AmDoc has driven new storytelling initiatives and interactive production for POV. The department has continually experimented with web-based documentaries, producing PBS’ first program website and the first Snapchat-native documentary. It has won major awards for its work, including a Webby Award and over 19 nominations. Now with a singular focus on incubating and distributing interactive productions, AmDoc continues to explore the future of independent nonfiction media through its co-productions, acquisitions and the POV Labs, where media makers and technologists collaborate to reinvent storytelling forms.

Engagement

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For over 20 years, POV has pioneered models for civic engagement using independent documentary films by some of the most acclaimed storytellers of our time. The POV Engage team partners with community-based organizations, educators, librarians and other engaged community members to spark conversation about the issues presented in our films and digital productions. Free screenings, panel discussions and public events are designed to trigger action, from dialogue and feedback, to educational opportunities and community participation.

The POV Community Network makes more than 90 POV feature films, shorts and digital initiatives available for free to over 10,000 local and national partners. Join the Network to discover films by title or topic, plus accompanying materials such as discussion guides, promotional tools and other resources to help shape the conversation and inspire action.

POV collaborates with media educators to produce lesson plans for teachers interested in using our films as a teaching tool. We offer free resources for educators, including 200+ online film clips connected to 100+ standards-aligned lesson plans, discussion guides and reading lists.

Major Awards

37 Emmy Awards

3 Academy Awards

21 George Foster Peabody Awards

12 duPont-Columbia University Awards

Who We Are

Board of Directors

Margaret Drain

Margaret Drain

Chair

Former VP of National Programming — WGBH
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Michael Isip

Vice Chair

Executive VP & Chief Operating Officer, KQED
John Bredar

John Bredar

Secretary

VP, National Programming WGBH — Boston
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Anjali Kumar

Director

Chief People Officer & General Counsel, Cheddar
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John Limotte

Director

Founder and Executive creator director, Mustache
Chris Plaut

Chris Plaut

Treasurer

Partner - Latham & Watkins, LLP
Neal Shapiro

Neal Shapiro

Director

President/CEO Thirteen/WNET — New York
Carolyn Strauss

Carolyn Strauss

Director

Production Executive, HBO
Joi Thomas

Joi Thomas

Director

Senior Counsel of Business and Legal Affairs, Universal Kids
Beth Viner

Beth Viner

Director

General Manager - Kickstarter
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Ann Tenenbaum

Emeritus

Civic Leader New York

Leadership

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Kristal Choy

Vice President, Finance & Business Affairs

Finance & Operations
Asadullah Muhammad

Asadullah Muhammad

Vice President, Impact and Engagement Strategy

Engagement
Justine Nagan

Justine Nagan

Executive Director, American Documentary

Executive Producer, POV and America ReFramed
Theresa Navarro

Theresa Navarro

Vice President, Development, Communications & Government Affairs

External Affairs
Opeyemi Olekumi

Opeyemi Olukemi

Vice President, Digital Production & Innovation

Executive Producer, AmDoc Interactive
Chris White

Chris White

Vice President, Programming and Production

Executive Producer, POV and America ReFramed

Staff

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Mahboob Alam

Marketing Associate

Communications & Audience Development
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Ione Barrows

Senior Associate

POV Engage
Robert Y. Chang

Robert Y. Chang

Associate Producer

America ReFramed
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Betty Cordero

Director

Finance & Operations
Chloe Gbai

Chloe Gbai

Shorts & Streaming Producer

POV
Sophie-Harari

Sophie Harari

Media Coordinator and Editor

Production and Programming
Nikki Heyman

Nikki Heyman

Co-Producer

POV
Erika Howard

Erika Howard

Senior Director

Station Marketing & Audience Engagement
Rachel Howard

Rachel Howard

Associate

Finance & Operations
Yvonne Kouadjo

Yvonne Ashley Kouadjo

Associate Producer

AmDoc Interactive
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David Nanasi

Consultant

Finance & Operations
Isaac Park

Isaac J. Park

Communications Associate

Communications & Audience Development
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Sunil Patel

Full-Stack Creative Technologist

AmDoc Interactive
Alice Quinlan

Alice Quinlan

Director

POV Engage
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Keisha Salmon

Director

Communications & Audience Development
Nicole Tsien

Nicole Tsien

Co-Producer

POV
Carmen Vicencio

Carmen L. Vicencio

Supervising Producer

America ReFramed

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