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Sheila Nevins to step down as HBO Documentary Films president

Sheila Nevins is stepping down from her role as president with HBO Documentary Films. Her decision to exit HBO was announced in a profile by The New York Times posted Saturday (Dec. 16) and confirmed ...
December 16, 2017

Sheila Nevins is stepping down from her role as president with HBO Documentary Films.

Her decision to exit HBO was announced in a profile by The New York Times posted Saturday (Dec. 16) and confirmed by the network.

“The word ‘legend’ is often thrown around loosely in our business, but in Sheila’s case it actually applies,” said HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler in a statement. “She has been an integral part of HBO’s extraordinary success. Her impact, not only in the documentary field, but throughout popular culture is nothing short of remarkable, and she has built an extraordinary team that is second to none in our industry. To say that we will miss her is insufficient, but we are thrilled that she will continue to wear her artistic hat on a number of documentary projects for HBO in the coming years.”

A spokesperson noted that while Nevins is leaving HBO, she is “not retiring.”

During her 38-year run at HBO Documentary Films, Nevins has produced and supervised over 1,000 films. Her catalogue of work stretches over various controversial subjects and topical issues including 2009′s The Alzheimer’s Project, a four-part docuseries that takes a deep dive into the disease; 2015′s Going Clear: The Scientology of Belief, a film that looks at the inner workings of the Church of Scientology; and 2017′s Meth Storm, a doc that examines meth use in rural America.

Nevins’ work has gone on to win dozens of Peabody and Academy Awards. She’s also won 32 individual Primetime Emmy Awards. The industry legend was honored with a lifetime achievement award at DOC NYC this past November.

To celebrate Nevins’ impact on the documentary and television space, she will be presented with a special Realscreen Legacy Award during her keynote conversation at the 20th Anniversary edition of the Realscreen Summit held January 28-31 at the Marriot Marquis in Washington DC.

In adding to her list of professional accomplishments, Nevins turned her eye to paper in 2017 and published her first book, You Don’t Look Your Age…and Other Fairy Tales. Through her stories, the producer shared her take on work, relationships, ageism and our culture’s unrealistic standards of beauty.

In an interview with realscreen earlier this year, Nevins described her book as “a woman’s experience, both factual and fictional, that would come together in some way that would express growing up in America from the 1960s to 2017.”

 

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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