San Fransico-based documentary film funder and distributor ITVS will receive the 2017 Governors Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
ITVS president and CEO Sally Jo Fifer will be presented with the award at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys on Sept. 9, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
The annual Governors Award is presented to “an individual, company or organization or project for outstanding achievement in the arts and sciences or management of television, which is either of a cumulative nature or so extraordinary and universal in nature as to go beyond the scope of the Emmy Awards presented in the categories and areas of the competition,” said a press release.
The Television Academy’s Board of Governors chooses the recipient based on recommendations from its governors award committee, led this year by the chairman Michael A. Levine and vice-chair Mark Spatny.
“ITVS cultivates projects that provide thought-provoking, innovative content from an enormously diverse group of creators,” said Levine, in a statement. “We are proud to present the Governors Award to an organization that supports pioneering television and inclusion both on-screen and behind the scenes.”
ITVS was born out of Congressional mandate and federal funding to bring marginalized voices to the public airwaves. The organization sees nearly 70% of its funding go to diverse producers, 50% of whom are women. For more than 25 years, the non-profit organization has funded and coproduced more than 1,400 docs by indie producers.
Programs such as They Call Us Monsters (pictured) have been showcased on such primetime strands as PBS’ ‘Independent Lens’, ‘POV’, ‘Frontline’, ‘American Masters’ and ‘American Experience’.
In May, ITVS was recognized by the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors with the 2017 Peabody Institutional Award for its “broad transformative impact on the media landscape.”
Furthermore, 15 docs funded by ITVS have been nominated for News and Documentary Emmy Awards, to be presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in October.