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AmDoc names board chair as ‘POV’ hits 30

Filmmaker and veteran producer Margaret Drain has been elected board chair of non-profit media organization American Documentary (AmDoc). She takes over for Tammy Robinson, who stepped down from the role in ...
January 18, 2017

Filmmaker and veteran producer Margaret Drain has been elected board chair of non-profit media organization American Documentary (AmDoc).

She takes over for Tammy Robinson, who stepped down from the role in December 2016 after 12 years. Robinson will continue to serve the organization as a board member.

Drain is an experienced television executive, producer and journalist and former VP of national programs for WGBH Boston, where she supervised series including ‘Frontline,’ ‘Masterpiece,’ ‘Nova’ and Antiques Roadshow. She also helped start and executive produced history strand ‘American Experience,’ and served as a producer at CBS News’ documentary unit as well as for the newsmagazine series West 57th. Before joining CBS, she worked at Bill Moyers Journal. 

Her work has earned her numerous awards — including Emmy, Peabody, Writer Guild Awards — and a nomination for an Academy Award. She was also honored by the Paley Center for Media as a celebrated woman in broadcasting.

Drain’s appointment coincides with the 30th anniversary of AmDoc’s award-winning documentary series ‘POV’ for PBS. Sundance will premiere Quest and Motherland, two POV docs that will broadcast on PBS in 2017 and 2018.

Filmed over a decade, Quest is a portrait of a family in North Philadelphia, as Christopher “Quest” Rainey and his wife, Christine “Ma Quest” Rainey, raise their children in the comfort of their home and creative sanctuary. Quest is an ITVS/’POV’ copro and Jonathan Olshefski’s directorial debut.

In Motherland, director Ramona S. Diaz takes audiences into the world’s busiest maternity ward in the Philippines. Motherland is also an ITVS/’POV’ copro.

AmDoc serves as a non-profit media organization dedicated to creating, identifying and presenting contemporary non-fiction stories that express opinions and perspectives rarely featured in mainstream media.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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