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About POV

POV (a cinema term for “point of view”) is 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 500 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.

Documentaries With A Point Of View

POV At A Glance

Season Reel

Official Trailer | POV Season 32

Critical Acclaim

“So much of what we see is watered-down and easily digestible, designed to appeal to the largest common denominator and not cause offense. Against this pallid landscape of cream-puffery, POV stands out as something quite bright and unusual.” — USA Today

POV films have won every major film and broadcasting award including 25 Peabody Awards (including at least one award seven years in a row), 38 Emmy Awards, 14 duPont-Columbia awards, three George Polk Awards, three Academy Awards and the Prix Italia, among others.

Accessibility & Innovation

Over a generation, POV has championed accessibility and innovation in nonfiction storytelling. POV Engage works with educators, community organizations and PBS stations to present hundreds of free screenings every year, inspiring dialogue around today’s most pressing social issues. The series’ interactive arm, POV Spark, creates and advances experiential forms of storytelling and programming, redefining U.S. public media to be more inclusive of emerging technologies and interactive makers.

America's Home for Documentaries

“POV, public television’s independent, nonfiction showcase remains a beacon in a world of limited opportunity.” — The Boston Herald

More than 800 programs are submitted for consideration each year. The films undergo a rigorous review process involving independent media professionals, public television station programmers and PBS. Once chosen, POV works with filmmakers to craft a strategic broadcast plan which includes a national press campaign, outreach and educational activities in partnership with public television stations, educators and community-based organizations, a stand-alone website and other materials and services geared to providing the most effective springboard possible for the film.

Series Credits

Executive Producers
Justine Nagan
Chris White

Series Creator
Marc N. Weiss

Programming & Production

Nikki F. Heyman
Nicole Tsien

Associate Producer
Sophie Harari

POV Shorts Producer
Opal H. Bennett

Media Coordinator
Nicky Cook

POV Spark

Executive Producer, POV Spark
Opeyemi Olukemi

Pooja Desai
Akmyrat Tuyliyev

Associate Producer
Aja Evans

External Affairs

VP, Development, Communications & Government Affairs
Theresa Navarro

Donor Relations Manager
Savannah Lennertz

Senior Associate, Marketing
Mahboob Alam

Coordinator, Publicity
Alun Lee

Associate, Publicity
Lana C. Marilyn

Assistant, Communications
Alexa Bowers

Assistant, Development
Andy Reischling

The 2050 Group
Marlea Willis Communications

Communications Strategy
Matisse Bustos-Hawkes

Michella Rivera-Gravage

POV Engage

VP, Impact & Engagement Strategy
Asadullah Muhammad

Education Manager
Courtney Cook

Manager of Community Engagement
Aqiyla Thomas

Senior Associate, Programs & Engagement
Rachel Friedland

Finance & Operations

VP, Finance & Business Affairs
Kristal Choy

Senior Director, Finance & Operations
Betty Cordero

Consultant, IT Operations
David Nanasi

Associate, Operations & Administration
Hailey Rozenberg

Legal Counsel
Holland & Knight LLP

Morgan Campbell
Rhea Dudani
Christina Griesmer
Clyde D. Gunter
Mina Le
Andy Reischling
Kiki Sideris
Rachel Skopp-Cardillo
Yahaira Tarrr
Emmanuel Woolard
Sangeda Alin
Jessica Fitzner
Kaitlin Harlow
Victoria Greco Hiranaka
Nkima Stephenson
Minh Tran

Voiceover Talent
Kesha Monk

Post Production
Pillar to Post

On-Air Graphics Services
Eyeball, NY

POV Theme Music
Composed by
Michael Picton

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American Documentary, Inc.

About American Documentary

American Documentary, Inc. (AmDoc) is a multimedia company dedicated to creating, identifying and presenting contemporary stories that express opinions and perspectives rarely featured in mainstream media outlets. AmDoc is a catalyst for public culture, developing collaborative strategic engagement activities around socially relevant content on television, online and in community settings. These activities are designed to trigger action, from dialogue and feedback to educational opportunities and community participation.

Major funding for POV is provided by PBS, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Wyncote Foundation, Reva & David Logan Foundation, Open Society Foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding comes from Acton Family Giving, Nancy Blachman and David desJardins, Bertha Foundation, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Charitable Trust, Park Foundation, Sage Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Chris and Nancy Plaut, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee and public television viewers. POV is presented by a consortium of public television stations, including KQED San Francisco, WGBH Boston and THIRTEEN in association with WNET.ORG.