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SIMON KILMURRY

Simon Kilmurry
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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Simon Kilmurry is the executive producer of POV, the long-running PBS showcase of independent documentaries. Serving as executive producer since 2006, Kilmurry has received 12 Emmy Awards, more than 50 Emmy nominations, three George Foster Peabody Awards and four Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards and is a two-time recipient of the Best Continuing Series Award from the International Documentary Association. He also serves as chief executive of American Documentary (AmDoc), POV's nonprofit parent organization. Prior to becoming executive producer and CEO he was AmDoc's chief operating officer from 1999-2006.

Kilmurry oversees all of POV programs, including production and programming, POV Digital, community engagement and development. In addition to POV, he is the executive producer of America ReFramed, a documentary series on the WORLD Channel. As EP of POV, he has worked with a wide range of emerging and established filmmakers, including Laura Poitras, Marshall Curry, Yung Chang, Yoruba Richen, Natalia Almada, Jennifer Fox and many others.

He has served on juries and panels at film festivals around the world including IDFA, Hot Docs, Visions du Reel and Doc Aviv, and he has lectured and conducted workshops at universities, film schools and conferences in the United States and internationally.


Mary T An MARY T. AN

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Mary is the Development Manager of POV. Joining in late 2013, Mary heads POV's development efforts with major funding from PBS, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, from private institutions such as the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and from private individuals. Before joining POV, Mary managed and advised governance projects in international post-conflict settings. She served over two years with United Nations Development Programme in Khartoum, Sudan working on a $98 million project strengthening democracy and ensuring elections. Activities included training local journalists and supporting media outlets. She has consulted for UN Women, National Democratic Institute, the Carter Center, Open Society Foundation, Emory University, and the United Nations Foundation and she is passionate about the transformational powers of media. Mary has traveled in over 45 countries, and holds a bachelor's from Scripps College and a Master's in Public Affairs from Princeton University.


BRIAN CHIRLS

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY FELLOW


Betty Cordero-PereiraBETTY CORDERO

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND OPERATIONS

Betty was the operations manager at the Kingsbridge Women's Assessment Center in the Bronx for over five years. In 2000, she was hired as POV's office manager, and she has since expanded her role. As a member of the administrative team of AmDoc, Betty manages the organization's financial activities, administers employee benefits and oversees all aspects of AmDoc's operations. In addition, she coordinates POV's annual mailings and special events.


Emma DessauEMMA DESSAU

WEB PRODUCER, POV DIGITAL

Emma Dessau is a Web Producer at POV Digital where she helps manage video content and outreach around POV's films through digital features and social media. She's also spent time working with POV's Community Engagement and Education department. Prior to POV, she was a content writer at Emerson College's Engagement Game Lab, where she helped develop their interactive city and community planning game platform Community Plan-It. Outside of POV, Emma co-produces Folk to Folk and The Story Store, both non-fiction storytelling projects. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Boston University.


Cathy FisherCATHY FISHER

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, COMMUNICATIONS

Cathy is responsible for publicizing POV's programs and initiatives to media and consumers. She joined POV in 2003 after five years as manager of program press relations at PBS. Previously, she served as public relations director at Bravo and the Independent Film Channel; Group W Satellite Communications, where she managed PR for TNN: The Nashville Network; Westwood One Radio Networks; and D.L. Blackman, where she promoted classical music artists and IMAX movies. She was also the manager of press, advertising and promotion for NBC and ABC Radio.


Aubrey GallegosAUBREY GALLEGOS

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND EDUCATION MANAGER

Aubrey has been at POV since 2011. Along with her team, Aubrey develops national strategic outreach campaigns for POV documentaries. She also works with public television stations, community organizations and educators to present more than 600 screenings across the country, and to produce and distribute accompanying resources such as discussion guides and lesson plans. Prior to joining POV, Aubrey worked as an environmental educator aboard wooden sailing ships, including the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, co-founded by Pete Seeger. She has also worked as POV's special events coordinator, as an event manager at UnionDocs in Brooklyn, and as a production assistant on a number of independent film and theater productions. Aubrey graduated from Whitman College with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric and Film Studies


Brian Geldin

BRIAN GELDIN

COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Prior to joining POV as Communications Manager in March 2015, Brian lent his talents as a freelance film publicist, creating successful publicity campaigns for feature documentaries and fiction features, both U.S. & foreign, for film festival premieres and theatrical and digital releases. He also represented film festivals and award shows. He has worked for the Brooklyn Film Festival, DOC NYC, and the Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking, among others. Brian has a Communications degree from SUNY Brockport.


nheyman-70x70.png NIKKI HEYMAN

COORDINATING PRODUCER

Nikki is the Coordinating Producer for POV where she manages all film submissions, maintains relations with PBS station contacts, is responsible for collecting deliverables, and contributes to the curation of the series. Prior to joining the staff in early 2014, Nikki interned in POV's Programming and Production Department . Nikki was the documentarian for The Odyssey Initiative, a non-profit traveling education project. She worked as a mentor and teacher at the Apollo Outreach Initiative in Ohio, helping children of all ages become active creators of media to express themselves through film. Nikki has served as an Assistant Director, Production Manager, and Camera Operator on professional feature films, shorts, and student films, and has garnered award recognition for her own documentaries. Nikki holds a Bachelor's degree in Cinema Studies from Oberlin College, and belongs to the Phi Beta Kappa society.


Eliza LichtELIZA LICHT

VICE PRESIDENT OF CONTENT STRATEGY & ENGAGEMENT, POV

Licht is a longtime member of POV's senior management team working closely with POV's executive producer and other senior staff to set priorities and direction for the series. As VP, Licht works closely with POV's programming team on series selection. Licht is an industry leader in developing and implementing community engagement strategies to maximize the impact and visibility of documentary films. She oversees the development and implementation of POV's national community engagement and education campaigns. Licht has spearheaded campaigns for over 200 films, including American Promise, Food, Inc. and Last Train Home. She works with public television stations, educators, and community organizations to present screenings of POV films and to develop and distribute accompanying educational resource materials. to audiences nationwide. Through her work, she has built a national network of over 7,000 organizations committed to leveraging the power of documentary film as a tool for dialogue and engagement.

Since joining POV in 2001, she has expanded POV's community activities by nearly 400% and increased POV's educational efforts by over 600%. Eliza frequently represents POV at conferences and festivals. She has appeared on panels at AFI Docs, IFP Film Week, Tribeca Film Institute, DocEdge Kolkata and DMZ Docs.


mimmimontgommery-85x85.jpgMimmi Montgomery

COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT

Mimmi is a journalist from Gothenburg, Sweden. She became communications assistant at POV after having been an intern for five months. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Long Island University, and three minors — in Economics, Spanish and Political Science from the School of Business, Economics and Law at Gothenburg University in Sweden. She speaks four languages and has lived in six countries. Her favorite POV film is Cutie and the Boxer.


David NanasiDAVID NANASI

CONSULTANT, OPERATIONS

David has worked on the POV website, since its infancy, helping to develop and improve it as well as producing special features. David also oversees and administers POV's internal computer network, maintaining hardware and software for the POV staff. Prior to joining POV, David, served on the staff of CyberEd, an 18-wheeler Internet classroom that toured nationwide. Since 1997, David has worked independently as a computer consultant, specializing in systems, networks and Web design and construction.


Alice Quinlan ALICE QUINLAN

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND EDUCATION ASSISTANT

Alice is the Community Engagement and Education Assistant at POV. Prior to joining POV in 2014, she started the KRTS Youth Media Project in Marfa, TX, a part of PBS Student Reporting Labs, and managed the American Graduate campaign at Marfa Public Radio, a project of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Her reporting work has appeared on Monocle Radio, Marfa Public Radio, PRX: ReMix with Roman Mars, Fronteras: The Changing America Desk and in Wherever Magazine and The Big Bend Sentinel. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a degree in Philosophy in 2011.


Nicole TsienNICOLE TSIEN

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Nicole is the Administrative Assistant at POV. Prior to joining the staff in 2013, she interned at POV's Community Engagement and education Department. She has assisted New York-based documentary filmmakers in various stages of production. Nicole holds a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology and International Relations from SUNY Geneseo.


Carmen L VicencioCARMEN L. VICENCIO

SERIES PRODUCER

Carmen is in charge of American Documentary's new 26-episode program, America ReFramed. Apart from working closely with the executive producers in programming the year round series, she oversees licensing, production, post production and administration of the show. Discovering filmmaking in college, Carmen's built a career in Asia and New York as Assistant Director, Post Production Supervisor, Line Producer, Producer and Director of award-winning short and long-form content for film, TV and digital media. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America, and Co-Chair of its Diversity Committee. You can find Carmen on Twitter and LinkedIn and follow America Reframed on Facebook.


Adnaan WaseyADNAAN WASEY

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, POV DIGITAL

Adnaan Wasey is the Executive Producer of POV Digital, the Webby Award-winning department that drives storytelling innovation for the acclaimed PBS documentary series POV. At POV, Adnaan oversees digital production, programming and licensing, the POV Hackathon lab, and POV's social media, including POV's Documentary Blog. Before joining POV, Adnaan was an editor, contributing to some the nation's most prestigious news and information brands, including PBS NewsHour and WNYC New York Public Radio, and he was a founding editor at the local digital news organization DNAinfo. Adnaan has been an invited speaker at The Online News Association, IDFA (International Documentary Festival Amsterdam), Hot Docs, SILVERDOCS/AFI DOCS, The New School, Columbia University and UnionDocs, among others. He serves as a jury member for documentary and new media festivals and is a member of IFP's Advisory Panel and PBS's Interactive Producers Council. He is a former film festival director (Light Plays Tricks and the Kingston Canadian Film Festival) and continues to lead the software company Science Bistro. Connect with Adnaan on Twitter and LinkedIn.


Chris WhiteCHRIS WHITE

VICE PRESIDENT, PROGRAMMING AND PRODUCTION

Chris and his team work closely with the executive director in the areas of programming, production and PBS station relations. Previously, he worked as associate producer and production office manager on the documentary Blue Vinyl (HBO, 2002). Chris spent a number of years as vice president of sales and acquisitions at Angelika Films International, and at BNN-TV in New York as associate producer on projects for the History Channel and the Smithsonian Museum. He also produced the children's program An Introduction to the Italian Renaissance for the Museo Italo-Americano in San Francisco.

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