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HBO exec Sara Bernstein boards Imagine Documentaries

Imagine Documentaries, the docs division of New York-based Imagine Entertainment, has appointed HBO executive and Emmy- and Peabody-winning producer Sara Bernstein to the post of executive vice president of documentaries. Bernstein will ...
September 5, 2018

Imagine Documentaries, the docs division of New York-based Imagine Entertainment, has appointed HBO executive and Emmy- and Peabody-winning producer Sara Bernstein to the post of executive vice president of documentaries.

Bernstein will join Justin Wilkes, president of the recently launched Imagine Documentaries, in shepherding the development and production of feature docs and non-scripted series while leveraging her relationships within the filmmaking community.

Prior to joining Imagine, Bernstein was SVP at HBO Documentary Films, responsible for overseeing multiple award-winning documentary films and non-fiction programming for the network, including Judd Apatow’s Emmy-nominated The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling, Laura Poitras‘ Academy Award and Emmy winner Citizenfour, Alex Gibney’s Emmy winner Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief and Brett Morgen‘s Emmy-nominated Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck. 

During her career, Bernstein has garnered numerous accolades, including 10 Emmy wins, 28 Emmy nominations and 11 Peabody Awards. In addition, she has garnered 13 Academy Award nominations and two Academy Awards for her work on HBO documentaries.

Before joining the HBO documentary division in 2000, Bernstein worked in the limited series department at HBO and in indie feature film development and production in New York City.

Imagine has been expanding into the documentary film space with such projects as The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years, which won the 2017 Grammy for Best Music Film. Other documentaries include Jay Z’s Made in America and Katy Perry: Part of Me. 

The company is currently working on a Ron Howard directed documentary about opera singer Luciano Pavarotti that will bow in 2019.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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