Independent Television Service (ITVS) has hired documentary producer and director Noland Walker (pictured) as senior content director.
Walker will co-curate the PBS doc strand ‘Independent Lens’ with deputy executive producer Lois Vossen, replacing Claire Aguilar, and will also oversee the American independent TV funder’s portfolio of ITVS-funded programs, providing curatorial analysis and program development feedback to producers.
Additionally, he will identify documentary trends, track projects in the field, and provide recommendations for the funding of public television programming.
A spokesperson for ITVS told realscreen that Aguilar will remain with ITVS as a content advisor through December, however “ITVS is not aware of her future plans beyond December.”
Prior to joining ITVS, Walker worked at Boston-based AIR, where he was the executive editor of Localore, which recruits talent for public media. His documentary credits include Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple and Citizen King, and he has worked as a lecturer and writing instructor at The University of Pennsylvania Law School, The Intel Corporation and the WGBH Producers Lab.
He has also served as a creative advisor for the Sundance Institute’s New Frontiers Lab, consults with Sundance Fellows on an ongoing basis and serves a similar role for Hot Docs’ Creative Lab.
“He brings a wealth of experience not only as an independent filmmaker but as a highly-respected editorial consultant and advisor for documentaries and transmedia projects,” said Jim Sommers, ITVS’ senior VP of content in a statement. “His deep knowledge of public media and commitment to the mission of ITVS are invaluable.”