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PBS and CBS leads News & Documentary Emmys nominations

22 July 2015 10:50 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

PBS nabbed a leading 57 nominations while CBS was second with 44 as finalists for the 36th annual edition of the News and Documentary Emmys were announced Wednesday. (See the full list of nominations Here.) Among the pubcaster's dozen programs singled out for nominations, the leaders were: 13 for "Pov," 11 for "Nature," 10 for "Independent Lens" and nine for "Frontline." The Tiffany net's Sunday night staple "60 Minutes" racked up a staggering 29 nominations while "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley" earned six and "Sunday Morning" three.  -Break- ABC has 17 nominations, with nine of those going to "Nightline" and three to "20/20."   NBC landed 14, including four apiece for "Dateline" and "NBC Nightly News" (in the post-Brian Williams era).  CNN picked up 10, including four for "Anderson Cooper 360.&quot..." »

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Check Out the Official Theatrical Trailer for Stanley Nelson’s 'The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution'

21 July 2015 9:52 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Stanley Nelson’s acclaimed new documentary, “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,” will open at Film Forum on September 2, with a national roll-out to follow, this fall. The film will also be broadcast as part of PBS’ independent film series "Independent Lens" in winter of 2016. A definitive portrait of the Black Panther Party - its rise and fall - acclaimed veteran director Stanley Nelson aims to paint a complete and accurate account of the revolutionary black nationalist organization, a film that should act as a reminder, as well as an education (especially for the uninitiated, unaware of those whose shoulders they stand on).  As Nelson himself »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Stanley Nelson’s 'The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution' Gets a Fall Theatrical Run

6 July 2015 9:34 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Stanley Nelson’s acclaimed new documentary, “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,” will open at Film Forum on September 2, with a national rollout to follow, this fall, it was announced today. The film will also be broadcast as part of PBS’ independent film series "Independent Lens" in winter of 2016. Promising a definitive portrait of the Black Panther Party - its rise and fall - acclaimed veteran director Stanley Nelson aims to paint a complete and accurate account of the revolutionary black nationalist organization, a film that should act as a reminder, as well as an education (especially for the uninitiated, unaware of those whose shoulders they stand »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Open Road shifts 'Kasbah' dates

13 May 2015 4:26 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Round-up: The distributor has moved the Bill Murray comedy from November 13 to October 23 this year. 

Rock The Kasbah centres on a rock manager stranded in Kabul who tries to make a star out of a local young girl with an extraordinary voice.

Open Road Films in association with Venture 4th and Qed International presents a Shangri-La Entertainment production. Barry Levinson directed Rock The Kasbah from a screenplay by Mitch Glazer.

Vice Media is teaming up with Magnolia Pictures to promote the release of Sundance U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize-winner The Wolfpack on June 12.

Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to SXSW Grand Jury and Audience Award winner Peace Officer. Submarine Deluxe manages the North American platform theatrical release planned for this autumn. PBS’s weekly documentary series Independent Lens will air the film in spring 2016.

Svod service SundanceNow Doc Club has acquired all Us rights to Sophie Deraspe’s A Gay Girl In Damascus: [link=tt »

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

30 April 2015 10:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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. »

- James Rainey

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Wnet And PBS Agreement Keeps ‘Pov,’ ‘Independent Lens’ in Primetime

23 April 2015 11:06 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Public television executives have agreed to keep two long running documentary film programs — Pov and Independent Lens — in primetime and to substantially increase marketing support for the shows, PBS announced Thursday.

The public television network said it would continue to transmit the two programs at 10 p.m. Mondays and that affiliates, including Wnet Channel 13 in New York, would broadcast them at that time. That reverses an earlier proposal by Wnet that film advocates worried would spread to stations throughout the PBS system, effectively moving the programs out of primetime.

PBS said the new agreement would not only keep “Pov”  and “Independent Lens” in their Monday night slot and promote the shows, and documentaries in general, in a number of ways — releasing the films on a streaming platform, expanding theatrical releases, creating a new college curriculum and establishing “programming events” that package docs with  “thematically-related programming.”

Producers of the two TV »

- James Rainey

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‘Cosmos,’ ‘Adventure Time,’ ‘Doc McStuffins’ Among Peabody Winners

23 April 2015 8:04 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The surreal Cartoon Network series “Adventure Time,” the ambitious “Cosmos” event from Fox and National Geographic Channel and a Netflix documentary on park rangers in Africa’s Congo trying to protect mountain gorillas from war and poaching are among the efforts that have been awarded Peabody Awards in documentary, public service and children’s programming categories.

This is the latest round of awards made. The organization, housed at University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, recognize excellence and meritorious work by radio and television stations, networks, webcasters, podcasters, producing organizations and individuals. The 18-member Peabody Board is a distinguished panel of television critics, industry practitioners and experts in culture and the arts. The group has already made awards in its news and entertainment categories.

The winners are as follows:

Citations for Documentary Winners

American Experience: Freedom Summer (PBS)

American Experience Films, Wgbh Educational Foundation, Firelight Films

With archival images, »

- Brian Steinberg

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Crowdfund This: Theatrical Release of Stanley Nelson's 'The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution'

21 April 2015 12:17 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Veteran award-winning documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help finance the theatrical distribution of his highly-anticipated new documentary “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” in the fall of 2015. The film will also be broadcast as part of PBS’ independent film series, "Independent Lens," in winter of 2016. Promising a definitive portrait of the Black Panther Party - its rise and fall - acclaimed veteran director Stanley Nelson aims to paint a complete and accurate account of the revolutionary black nationalist organization, a film that should act as a reminder, as well as an education (especially for the »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Independent Lens & Independent Television Service (Itvs) Board Byron Hurt's Hazing Documentary - 2016 Completion Eyed

7 April 2015 9:22 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

An update for Byron Hurt's follow-up to his acclaimed 2012 documentary "Soul Food Junkies," titled "Hazing: How Badly Do You Want In" (self-explanatory). I actually thought he was close to completing the film, especially since he released a teaser last summer, but, according to the release I received today, production hasn't even yet officially begun, as Hurt has been researching and developing the project over the last year+. But this is good news for the project, as Independent Lens and the Independent Television Service (Itvs) have both come on board, commissioning its production - i.e. financing it, and eventually also broadcasting the documentary, »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Crowdfund This: The Theatrical Release of Stanley Nelson's 'The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution'

6 April 2015 7:45 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Veteran award-winning documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help finance the theatrical distribution of his highly-anticipated new documentary “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” in the fall of 2015. The film will also be broadcast as part of PBS’ independent film series, "Independent Lens," in winter of 2016. Promising a definitive portrait of the Black Panther Party - its rise and fall - acclaimed veteran director Stanley Nelson aims to paint a complete and accurate account of the revolutionary black nationalist organization, a film that should act as a reminder, as well as an education (especially for the »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Reality Checks: Documentaries Struggle For Relevance in Changing Times

26 March 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It was all smiles, applause, and communal spirit at the Chicago Cultural Center on Monday, where the third and final stop in PBS' "Listening Tour" took place to discuss the fate of independent documentaries on public television. But behind the conviviality and constructive approach to the meeting — which saw some 200 prominent members of the documentary community, from Steve James to Yvonne Welbon, brainstorming ways to engage audiences and market indie docs — there are still underlying worries about the future of the form on public television. Read More: PBS Distribution Announces Fall Theatrical Release for Stanley Nelson’s 'The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution' Tensions between public broadcasters and indie filmmakers reached a boiling point in late 2014, when PBS's largest station, New York's Wnet, announced plans to move indie documentary strands Pov and Independent Lens from their Monday 10 p.m. slot on Wnet to their sister station, Wliw, PBS's fourth. »

- Anthony Kaufman

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PBS, Pivot To Simulcast Deepwater Horizon Documentary In April

17 March 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In a rare move, PBS will simulcast a documentary that takes an inside look at the Deepwater Horizon environmental crisis on the fifth anniversary of the disaster, another example of TV networks testing new techniques to gain broader distribution for content.

Directed by Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Margaret Brown, “The Great Invisible” weaves personal stories, insight from industry insiders, and news footage of the disaster and its aftermath to offer an emotional look at the people still haunted by the explosion long after the story has faded. “The Great Invisible” premieres on “Independent Lens” on PBS and on Pivot, Participant Media’s television network, on the fifth anniversary of the disaster, Monday, April 20, 2015.

On April 20, 2010, a disastrous explosion took place on the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil-drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico,  killing 11 of the rig’s 126 crew members and setting off a fireball that could be seen 35 miles away. After two days ablaze, »

- Brian Steinberg

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Watch 'Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers & the Emergence of a People' Online Now, Through March 8

19 February 2015 7:00 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Thomas Allen Harris' "Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People" made it broadcast premiere on Monday night, February 16, on PBS, as an Independent Lens selection. The network has now put the film online, providing an opportunity for those who missed the broadcast earlier this week, to watch it (for Free of course). But it's only for a limited time - through March 8. So take advantage while you can. PBS also has an app for those with iPads, set-top boxes like the Roku player, and others. So you're not confined to only watching it on your laptop/desktop screens. The full film is embedded at the bottom of this post, below the review that »

- Zeba Blay

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Review: 'Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers & the Emergence of a People' (Broadcast Premiere Tonight on PBS)

16 February 2015 4:57 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Thomas Allen Harris' "Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People" makes it broadcast premiere tonight, Monday, February 16, on PBS, from 10pm - 11:30pm Et, as an Independent Lens selection.    This is the story of the pioneering African-American photographers — men and women, celebrated and anonymous — who have recorded the lives and aspirations of generations, from slavery to the present. By Thomas Allen Harris. The documentary begins with a memory. It’s the kind of memory that most black people, in one way or another, can recall: the moment when we realized we were black, and that, somehow, being black was »

- Zeba Blay

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PBS Distribution Announces Fall Theatrical Release for Stanley Nelson’s 'The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution'

13 February 2015 5:08 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Stanley Nelson’s highly anticipated new documentary “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” will be distributed by PBS Distribution in select theaters in the fall of 2015. The film will also be broadcast as part of PBS’ independent film series "Independent Lens" in winter of 2016. Promising a definitive portrait of the Black Panther Party - its rise and fall - acclaimed veteran director Stanley Nelson aims to paint a complete and accurate account of the revolutionary black nationalist organization, a film that should act as a reminder, as well as an education (especially for the uninitiated, unaware of those whose shoulders they stand on).  As »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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PBS Documentary Series ‘Pov’ Brings Syrian Rebels, ‘Killer Lesbians’ to 2015 Season

10 February 2015 8:59 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The longest-running series for independent documentaries on television, “Pov,” is prepared to unveil its 28th season, which will include an exclusive look behind insurgent lines in the Syrian civil war, an ode to one man’s 35,000-mile worldwide motorcycle odyssey and the Academy Award-nominated “Cutie and the Boxer,” which explores the marriage of famed “boxing” painter Ushio Shinohara.

The documentary film series is particularly intent on broadening its audience on PBS this year, as the network’s flagship New York affiliate, Wnet, considers moving the program out of its primetime lineup. Supporters of “Pov” and “Independent Lens” — another documentary program threatened with removal from  primetime — worry that other PBS stations might oust the two shows from their 10 p.m. Monday-night time slot.

Producers of the two programs protest that there is nowhere else on television that regularly broadcasts the controversial work of truly independent filmmakers — those who maintain editorial control over their work. »

- James Rainey

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PBS Documentary Series ‘Pov’ Brings Syrian Rebels, ‘Killer Lesbians’ to 2015 Season

10 February 2015 8:59 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The longest-running series for independent documentaries on television, “Pov,” is prepared to unveil its 28th season, which will include an exclusive look behind insurgent lines in the Syrian civil war, an ode to one man’s 35,000-mile worldwide motorcycle odyssey and the Academy Award-nominated “Cutie and the Boxer,” which explores the marriage of famed “boxing” painter Ushio Shinohara.

The documentary film series is particularly intent on broadening its audience on PBS this year, as the network’s flagship New York affiliate, Wnet, considers moving the program out of its primetime lineup. Supporters of “Pov” and “Independent Lens” — another documentary program threatened with removal from  primetime — worry that other PBS stations might oust the two shows from their 10 p.m. Monday-night time slot.

Producers of the two programs protest that there is nowhere else on television that regularly broadcasts the controversial work of truly independent filmmakers — those who maintain editorial control over their work. »

- James Rainey

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Filmmakers Fight Wnet Plan to Push Aside Documentaries (Exclusive)

6 February 2015 3:24 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Documentary filmmakers featured for years on public television mainstays “Independent Lens” and “Pov” are fighting a proposal by one of PBS’ flagship stations, Wnet, that would push the long-running programs out of primetime and onto a secondary station.

More than 2,000 documentarians have signed a petition saying they fear that the New York station’s action would lead to the shows being marginalized by PBS affiliates nationwide, slicing into their audiences and crippling efforts to raise money for often edgy, controversial films.

Laura Poitras, a favorite for this year’s documentary feature Oscar for “Citizenfour,” called the  potential change “shortsighted and against (public television’s) mandate to provide diverse programming in the public interest.”

Programmers at Wnet, stung by the criticism, have put off a final decision on changing the airtime for the two shows. Along with their counterparts at PBS, they are using a “listening tour” in several cities to »

- James Rainey

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Filmmakers Fight Wnet Plan to Push Aside Documentaries (Exclusive)

6 February 2015 3:24 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Documentary filmmakers featured for years on public television mainstays “Independent Lens” and “Pov” are fighting a proposal by one of PBS’ flagship stations, Wnet, that would push the long-running programs out of primetime and onto a secondary station.

More than 2,000 documentarians have signed a petition saying they fear that the New York station’s action would lead to the shows being marginalized by PBS affiliates nationwide, slicing into their audiences and crippling efforts to raise money for often edgy, controversial films.

Laura Poitras, a favorite for this year’s documentary feature Oscar for “Citizenfour,” called the  potential change “shortsighted and against (public television’s) mandate to provide diverse programming in the public interest.”

Programmers at Wnet, stung by the criticism, have put off a final decision on changing the airtime for the two shows. Along with their counterparts at PBS, they are using a “listening tour” in several cities to »

- James Rainey

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Black History Month On PBS’ Independent Lens, Two New Documentaries Videos

21 January 2015 6:22 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

TV Picks: Black History Month On PBS’ Independent Lens Brings Two New Documentaries in February.This February, Independent Lens presents two provocative new documentaries that take a fresh look at not only the African American experience but the ongoing question of the meaning of race in America.Independent Lens | Through a Lens Darkly | PBS The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People premieres on Monday, February 16, 2015, 10:00-11:30 p.m. Et […] »

- April Neale

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