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Simon Kilmurry Leaving ‘POV’ Series for L.A.-based Documentary Association

Simon Kilmurry, the long-time executive atop American Documentary and its “POV” television series, is leaving to become topper of the International Documentary Association.

Kilmurry will relocate from New York after 16 years with the documentary platform and move to Los Angeles, where he will begin his new job July 6. He replaces Michael Lumpkin, who left IDA at end of December to become director of AFI Docs.

The documentary program “POV” (Point of View), which airs on PBS, will be left in the hands of two other executives — programming and production VP Chris White and content strategy and engagement VP Eliza Licht. White, who has won 11 news and documentary Emmys, will become “POV’s” executive producer. The announcement from “POV” said that Licht “will expand her role building and overseeing broad program strategies.”

The announcement holds out the possibility there could be other executive changes down the line at American Documentary, the nonprofit parent of “POV.” “The board of directors of AmDoc will work with White and Licht in the coming months,” it says, “as the board assesses AmDoc’s operating and leadership needs.”

“POV’s” 28th season begins on Monday, June 22, with the broadcast premiere of Blair Dorosh-Walther’s “Out in the Night.” The series and a second  doc series, “Independent Lens,” just won a guarantee from New York flagship WNET that the shows will remain in primetime for at least another year. WNET’s leaders had suggested a program shift that would have moved the shows on to a secondary station in New York and out of primetime on the principal outlet, Channel 13. But documentary-makers launched a nationwide campaign to prevent the change.

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“I leave knowing that there is a great team in place poised to take the organization to the next level,” Kilmurry said. “I’ve been lucky enough to work with a range of both emerging and established talented filmmakers and see the deep impact that this work can have. It’s been an honor to have held this position for so long.”

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