Endeavor Content agent Kevin Iwashina has been appointed as president of the board of directors for the International Documentary Association (IDA).
Iwashina (pictured) replaces the outgoing Marjan Safinia, who termed out this year.
In his current role at Endeavor Content, a division of global entertainment leader Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG), Iwashina is responsible for identifying financing opportunities and driving sales, as well as providing advisory services for media companies and content creators in the non-fiction space.
Prior to Endeavor, Iwashina founded production and distribution company Preferred Content and oversaw the representation of fiction and non-fiction content creators to secure financing and distribution of feature films and episodic series concepts. He wound down Preferred in November 2017 in order to join return to the major agency fold at Endeavor.
“Technology is expanding access to non-fiction storytelling in long form, series and audio formats and my new role at the IDA will ensure that we are maximizing our resources around advocacy and education to support the art form of the documentary narrative,” said Iwashina in a statement.
IDA has also named current board members James Costa and Lauren Lexton as vice presidents.
Costa, a filmmaker and philanthropist, is director-producer of the 2011 school lunch nutrition documentary Lunch Hour, and is co-producer for the forthcoming doc SHAC. Additionally, he sits on the board of The International Fund for Animal Welfare, Farm Sanctuary and Sean Shepherd.
Lexton, meanwhile, serves as CEO of Burbank, California-based Authentic Entertainment. The Emmy-winning studio has been named to realscreen‘s “Global 100″ list every year since 2007, producing such series as Flipping Out!, Knife Fight, Best Thing I Ever Ate and Ace of Cakes, among others.
Elsewhere, Prison Fellowship’s James Ackerman will continue in his role as board treasurer, while Disney/ABC Television Group’s Fonda Berosini will continue in her role as board secretary.