Justine Nagan appointed exec. director/exec. producer of AmDoc | POV

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Justine Nagan Appointed Executive Director/Executive Producer of American Documentary | POV 


Justine Nagan has been named executive director of American Documentary, Inc. (AmDoc) and executive producer of POV (Point of View), its award-winning documentary series on PBS, the AmDoc board of directors announced today. Nagan, who will begin the job part-time in late September, joins AmDoc | POV from Kartemquin Films in Chicago, where she has been executive director and an executive producer since 2008, and served on staff for over a decade. She will relocate to New York with her family in December. 
 
In her new position, Nagan will oversee all aspects of AmDoc | POV’s programs and operations, including production and programming, community engagement and education, POV Digital, development, business affairs, communications and overall management of the POV series. 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. 
 
Nagan succeeds Simon Kilmurry, who recently joined the International Documentary Association as executive director after 16 years with AmDoc | POV. Chris White is executive producer of POV and America ReFramed (with Chris Hastings); Eliza Licht is vice president of content strategy for POV.
 
“I am simply delighted that Justine Nagan will be joining AmDoc | POV as executive director/executive producer,” said AmDoc Board Chair Tammy Robinson. “Justine brings a wide breadth of experience in management, fundraising and working closely with the independent film community to her new position. She leaves the award-winning nonprofit production company Kartemquin Films in terrific shape. The AmDoc board of directors is confident that Justine and the excellent POV staff will meet the challenges ahead and lead the organization to even greater success.”
 
“It’s a pivotal time for independent media and documentary in our culture,” said Nagan. “People are increasingly seeking authentic voices and quality storytelling to engage and inform them about the issues of our time. AmDoc | POV represents a trusted bridge between those hungry audiences and the stories they need. 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. My time at Kartemquin Films has continuously fed my passion for documentary and well-prepared me for the responsibilities that lie ahead. I am sad to leave them on the eve of their 50th anniversary celebrations in 2016, but I am confident the organization is in an incredibly strong position to continue its role as a leader in independent documentary production.”
 
In her current position at Kartemquin, Nagan is responsible for managing day-to-day operations and building a foundation for sustainability and continued excellence. Under her leadership, the organization has significantly expanded its programs to assist documentary filmmakers, and seen unprecedented levels of production and financial growth. With Kartemquin, she directed Typeface, an award-winning film on American typography, and the short Sacred Transformations, which premiered at the 2011 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. She has been an executive producer on the 2015 Producers Guild of America Best Documentary Award-winner Life Itself, the Emmy Award®-winning The Interrupters (broadcast on PBS FRONTLINE), 2015 Emmy Best Documentary nominee The Trials of Muhammad Ali (PBS Independent Lens) and current releases Almost There, Saving Mes Aynak, On Beauty and In the Game. Prior to 2008, she was Kartemquin’s director of communications and distribution and associate producer of the Peabody Award-winning Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita (PBS Independent Lens). Previously, she worked at the Chicago International Film Festival and Wisconsin Public Television.
 
Nagan is a member of the second class of The Chief Executive Program at National Arts Strategies. She was a Harvard Business School Club of Chicago fellow in the 2013 Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management course at Harvard and was selected to join the Leadership Greater Chicago 2012 class of fellows. She has served on many festival juries and selection committees and is currently on the Midwest Independent Film Festival’s advisory board, the founding Good Pitch Chicago board and the Chicago Cultural Tourism Commission. She has a master’s degree in the humanities from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Nagan and her husband, Matt, have two children.
 
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