ITVS is happy to announce that Vice President of Programming Claire Aguilar has been named Executive Content Advisor.
In this new consulting role, Claire will provide high-level, portfolio analysis and content feedback under the direction of Jim Sommers, Senior Vice President of Content and head of ITVS’ Content Strategy Team. With a focus on recommending content for ITVS International and selected public television series, Claire will also continue to co-curate programming for Independent Lens.
Previously, Claire served as head of ITVS’s programming department. She joined the organization in 2000 from public television station KCET/Los Angeles, where she programmed the station’s schedule and managed programming acquisitions. Earlier in her career, Claire worked as a film programmer at the UCLA Film and Television Archive, one of the leading exhibition venues for international documentary and classic Hollywood films. She has served as a programming consultant and panelist for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Rockefeller Foundation, the NEA, the Pew Fellowships in the Arts, and many other media and funding organizations. She has also led and participated in film juries for IDFA, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Silverdocs and Visions du Réel. Claire holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies and a Master of Arts in Film and Television Studies from UCLA. She serves on the board of Women Make Movies, STEPS International, and the EURODOC Steering Committee.
By Claire Aguilar Vice President of Programming, ITVS
ITVS held court at the inaugural MEG 2012 conference, an event focused on creative approaches to content development, journalism, and entertainment.
On March 8th and 9th, I attended a new conference: Mediedagarna i Göteborg (Media Days Göteborg) or “MEG” for short. MEG was designed to attract media professionals from television, newspaper, magazine, and book publishing industries to participate in a truly trans-media conference. It was refreshing to see the overlap between the usually traditional media industries, like publishing, print and electronic journalism, and broadcast television interacting with citizen journalists, bloggers, and even webisode comedy. Continue reading →
Community Cinema is the largest engagement program in broadcast history in 100 markets across the country. The program started in Boise, Idaho with Regional Outreach Coordinator Lynn Allen. The Community Cinema family recently lost our colleague, friend, and an inspirational leader. Here is a tribute to her 30 years of service to Public Broadcasting.
Attention all filmmakers! We are days away from the Open Call deadline of this Friday, January 7, 2011.
Earlier today, ITVS Senior Programming Manager Richard Saiz spent an hour fielding questions from Open Call participants in a live video chat. Watch a replay of the event below (much easier to see if you make it full-screen).
ITVS Senior Programming Manager Cynthia Kane reports on a recent trip to Buenos Aires, where she attended the Latin Side of the Doc film festival.
I recently attended the second edition of this four-day co-production and networking rendezvous event between Latin America and Europe, with a strong North American delegation.
DocsBsAs and Latin Side of the Doc (which, by the way, is the fantastic team from France that brings us Sunnyside of the Doc each June in La Rochelle, led by Yves Jeanneau and Jean-Jacques Peretti) gathered filmmakers, producer,s and decision makers (commissioning editors, broadcasters, funders, sales agents, and distributors) from both sides of the Atlantic to share their experiences and mutual needs in order to build strong international documentary filmmaking network, and initiate international co-production projects. Continue reading →
Open Call provides completion funds for single nonfiction public television programs on any subject and from any viewpoint. Projects must have begun production as evidenced by a work-in-progress video. Open Call funding is only available to independent producers who are citizens or legal residents of the U.S. and its external territories.
One question we get asked by many filmmakers concerns the previously completed work and work-in-progress requirements. If you’re still cutting, here are some tips on what to submit and what we’re looking for when we do our evaluations. Continue reading →