New York-based fall festival DOC NYC has promoted senior programmer Basil Tsiokos (pictured) to director of programming, and hired HBO exec Deborah Rudolph to serve as director of development.
Tsiokos has worked at DOC NYC for two years as a programmer. He also serves as a documentary programming associate for the Sundance Film Festival; and as Film Program Director for the Nantucket Film Festival. In his new role, he will oversee the film selection of both features and shorts; as well as the four days of Doc-A-Thon panels, reporting to DOC NYC artistic director Thom Powers.
Rudolph, meanwhile, has spent 12 years as manager of corporate responsibility at HBO. She has also served as a consultant for the Camden International Film Festival and the True/False Film Festival. As DOC NYC’s director of development, she will oversee the sponsorship program and develop new initiatives, reporting to the festival’s exec director Raphaela Neihausen.
Rudolph will also program Doc-A-Thon in collaboration with Tsiokos.
“Our team has long admired the talents of Basil and Deborah and their deep commitment to documentary filmmaking,” said Neihausen. “They each bring wonderful assets as DOC NYC continues to grow in its fifth year.”
Powers added: “The response from the documentary field and New York audiences has been tremendous as we’ve sought to grow DOC NYC at a deliberate pace. With Basil and Deborah on board, I’ll be devoting more time to the DOC NYC Galas, Short List and new initiatives.”
DOC NYC’s fifth annual festival will take place in the Big Apple from November 13-20.