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IDA appoints Aaron Saidman, Vinnie Malhotra as new board members

The International Documentary Association (IDA) has appointed two new members to its board of directors: Aaron Saidman and Vinnie Malhotra. Saidman (pictured, right) is the co-founder and president of The Intellectual Property ...
January 9, 2019

The International Documentary Association (IDA) has appointed two new members to its board of directors: Aaron Saidman and Vinnie Malhotra.

Saidman (pictured, right) is the co-founder and president of The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC), as well as the president of Industrial Media. He launched IPC in 2016, where he produced its inaugural series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, for A&E. He won a PGA Award for the first and second seasons of Aftermath for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television. He was previously EVP of development and current programming for All3Media America.

Malhotra (left) is the SVP of documentaries, unscripted, and sports programming at Showtime Networks, where he has overseen the production of the real-time, political documentary series The Circus; the docuseries The Trade, which follows the opioid epidemic; and The Fourth Estate, about the inner workings of The New York Times during President Trump’s first year in office. He was previously SVP of development and acquisitions at CNN Worldwide and VP and executive producer of content development at ESPN.

“We are thrilled that Aaron Saidman and Vinnie Malhotra have joined the IDA board of directors,” said Simon Kilmurry, executive director of IDA, in a statement. “Their expertise and storied track records in documentary are incredible assets as we keep building IDA into the organization that supports a healthy and thriving documentary field.”

“There has never been a more exciting time in the non-fiction space, and so I look forward to helping the IDA advance and support this form of storytelling, and to advocate for the rights of documentary filmmakers all over the world,” added Saidman.

“Under the stewardship of Simon Kilmurry, the IDA is growing as an influential and important resource for filmmakers across the globe and I am honored to serve on the board of such an esteemed organization,” said Malhotra. “It is inspiring to be a part of a team that helps to champion those efforts.”

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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