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Executive director Justine Nagan to leave American Documentary

Justine Nagan is stepping down from the New York-headquartered American Documentary, Inc. (AmDoc) after five years at the helm as executive director. Nagan (pictured) will remain with the multimedia organization until Spring ...
October 8, 2020

Justine Nagan is stepping down from the New York-headquartered American Documentary, Inc. (AmDoc) after five years at the helm as executive director.

Nagan (pictured) will remain with the multimedia organization until Spring 2021. A search is currently underway to name her replacement.

The Emmy- and Peabody-winning producer joined AmDoc in 2015 as exec director. In that time, she has also served as an exec producer on PBS’s long-standing documentary strand ‘POV’ and on America ReFramed (with WORLD Channel in partnership with WGBH), overseeing the premieres of nearly 100 projects.

Her credits include ‘POV’s first episodic copro via Grace Lee and Marjan Safinia‘s docuseries And She Could Be Next (with Ava DuVernay as EP), and Bing Liu’s Oscar-nominated coming-of-age documentary Minding the Gap

Under Nagan’s leadership, the organization launched POV Shorts in 2018; expanded the organization’s leadership team to launch new programs focused on engagement and support for artists; and continued to add to AmDoc’s trophy case with industry accolades including Peabody Awards; News & Documentary Emmys, including Best Documentary; and several Academy Award nominations.

“It has been an honor to be a part of American Documentary, one of our nation’s premiere media organizations. I look back on what we’ve accomplished over the past five years with tremendous pride,” said Nagan in a statement. “As a trusted curator for bold, risk-taking stories, AmDoc centers diverse, independent artists and promotes creative programming at a time of intense and necessary reflection in our country and in our field. This organization is a leading force for public media with an incredible staff and board who are committed to fulfilling our mission. I’m looking forward to supporting the transition to new leadership during this transformative time.”

The AmDoc board of directors will work alongside a transition team and an executive search company to recruit for the organization’s next executive director.

“Justine was hired with the goals of expanding the reach of American Documentary, including its digital and community outreach, developing new funding sources and maintaining the highest of profiles for the POV series in the world of independent documentary,” added Margaret Drain, chair of AmDoc’s board of directors. “We are confident that the new ED will take AmDoc even further while maintaining the high standards developed over the years as one of PBS’s ‘crown jewels.’”

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Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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