Simon Kilmurry moves from ‘POV’ to IDA

The longtime executive producer of the PBS documentary strand has been named as executive director of the International Documentary Association, and will take on the new role in July.
April 30, 2015

Simon Kilmurry, executive director for American Documentary (AmDoc) and longtime executive producer for PBS documentary strand ‘POV’, has been appointed as the executive director for the International Documentary Association.

Kilmurry will relocate from New York to Los Angeles to take up the new position with the non-profit organization, beginning in July.

‘POV’ vice president of programming and production, Chris White, has been named executive producer for the strand, while its vice president of content strategy and engagement, Eliza Licht, will have her role expanded to build and oversee programming strategies.

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce that Simon Kilmurry¬†will be leaving American Documentary/ ‘POV’,” said AmDoc board chair Tammy Robinson in a statement. “Simon leaves the organization, after 16 years, as a stronger, more vibrant and active organization. He has worked tirelessly and passionately for independent film and will continue to do so in his new role at IDA. We are all so fortunate that he continues to remain in the family of independent documentary film. All of us at American Documentary/ ‘POV’, the staff and board, wish him the best of luck in his new role.”

“As an internationally recognized leader in our field, Simon’s name is synonymous with excellence in documentary, and his passion for the form is unrivaled,” said Marjan Safinia, president of IDA’s board of directors, in a separate statement issued by the organization. “He is truly from the tribe of documentary filmmakers that we serve. This, coupled with his extraordinary track record in organizational management and deep insight into the needs of the documentary field, makes him the strongest possible leader to continue our evolution.”

Over his 16-year history at ‘POV’ Kilmurry received numerous accolades: he has won a Primetime Emmy Award, 12 News and Documentary Emmy Awards, a Special Emmy Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking, five Peabody Awards, three Du Pont Columbia Awards, two Overseas Press Club Awards, a Grierson Award, and is a two-time recipient of the Best Continuing Series Award from IDA. He has also received more than 50 News and Documentary Emmy nominations.

“‘POV’ has always been a team effort, and I leave knowing that there is a great team in place poised to take the organization to the next level,” said Kilmurry in a statement issued by the strand, while in a statement issued by IDA, he said the organization has “never been better positioned to play a leadership role in the [documentary] field, advocating for and providing support to filmmakers, and convening an international dialogue for filmmakers telling the most relevant stories of our time.”

The 28th season of ‘POV’ premieres on June 22.

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