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MTV recruits Sheila Nevins to launch Documentary Films division

Multi-award-winning producer and former head of HBO Documentary Films Sheila Nevins has boarded MTV to help launch its new Documentary Films division. Part of MTV Studios, the new unit will develop ...
May 7, 2019

Multi-award-winning producer and former head of HBO Documentary Films Sheila Nevins has boarded MTV to help launch its new Documentary Films division.

Part of MTV Studios, the new unit will develop documentary films and specials for third-party streaming services, premium networks and MTV platforms. Under Nevin’s leadership, MTV Documentary Films will feature filmmakers who are exploring a range of social, political and cultural trends and stories that are important to the youth of today.

MTV Documentary Films will build on the heritage of MTV News and Docs and MTV Films which, for more than two decades, has produced content including the Emmy Award-winning series True Life, the Academy Award-nominated Tupac: Resurrection and the Academy Award-winning Hustle & Flow.

“What we started two decades ago with MTV News and Docs continues to inspire today,” said Nina L. Diaz, president of entertainment for MTV, in a statement.  “As we relaunch our documentary division, it’s exhilarating to have Sheila at the helm.”

During her tenure as president of HBO Documentary Films, Nevins’s projects garnered 28 Academy Awards and 44 Peabody Awards. Personally, Nevins won 34 individual Primetime Emmy Awards.

She is the executive producer of more than 1,500 series and films including Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Paradise Lost, and the Oscar-winning Citizenfour.

“Throughout her stellar career, Sheila has elevated documentaries into one of the most compelling, culturally influentially forms of modern storytelling,” added Chris McCarthy, president of MTV.  “As we grow and expand MTV, we’re excited for Sheila to bring a new generation of filmmakers to the forefront and continue to extend our creativity and cultural impact.”

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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