Veteran filmmaker and production executive Justine Nagan has been named executive director of American Documentary, Inc. and executive producer of the organization’s long-running documentary film series, “POV.”
Nagan will take over at “POV” months after it successfully fought off a proposal that could have moved the program and another documentary mainstay, “Independent Lens,” out of PBS’s prime-time lineup.
The board of directors of American Documentary made the appointment of Nagan, who will begin part-time in September before relocating full-time to the show’s New York headquarters in December.
Nagan moves to “POV” from Kartemquin Films, where she had been on staff for more than a decade and most recently served as executive director. Nagan directed “Typeface,” an award-winning film on typography, for the Chicago-based production company. As a producer and executive producer she has been associated with a number of other acclaimed docs, including “Life Itself,” “The Interrupters,” “The Trials of Muhammad Ali.” More recent releases have included “Almost There,” “Saving Mes Aynak,” “On Beauty” and “In the Game. ”
Nagan succeeds Simon Kilmurry, who moved earlier this year to a position as executive director of the International Documentary Association. He had been with AmDoc for 16 years.
Nagan’s new post makes her responsible for “POV’s” production and programming and other responsibilities, including community engagement, fundraising and its website, POV Digital. She will also serve as executive producer of America ReFramed, a year-round showcase of independent documentaries featuring contemporary American stories that airs on the WORLD Channel.
Tammy Robinson, chair of the AmDoc board, said in a statement that she was “delighted” to have Nagan join the organization, praising her “wide breadth of experience in management, fundraising and working closely with the independent film community.”
Nagan said she considered “POV” (Point of View) a “trusted bridge between . . . hungry audiences and the stories they need.” She added: “I am thrilled to be joining the great team at AmDoc | POV to help lead one of America’s premier media organizations into its next chapter.”