ITVS is excited to announce that Lois Vossen, Executive Producer of our PBS series Independent Lens, was just elected to the Television Academy Board of Governors Executive Committee. Frank Scherma, chairman and CEO of the Television Academy, made the announcement of the appointment of six television visionaries as the chair’s appointees to the Executive Committee, including Vossen.
This diverse and accomplished new group of thought leaders will work closely with the Television Academy’s officers and board of governors to develop and guide the direction of the Academy for the 2021 term. The Executive Committee term that Vossen will serve for runs from January 1 to December 31, 2021.
"It's an honor to be selected by my fellow Television Academy Governors to serve on the Executive Committee," said Vossen. "The television industry is in the midst of extraordinary change, which has become even more pronounced as a result of COVID. It's invigorating and exciting to be a part of the conversations that will lead our industry forward during this exceptional time."
Lois has been the executive producer of Independent Lens since the show's inception as a primetime series on PBS. She is responsible for commissioning new films, programming the series and working with filmmakers on editorial and broadcast issues. Under her watch, Independent Lens documentaries have received 25 Primetime and News & Documentary Emmy Awards, 23 Peabody Awards, 5 duPont-Columbia Journalism Awards, 10 Academy Award nominations, and the series was honored with the 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017 International Documentary Association (IDA) Best Series Award, along with 3 additional nominations. Before joining ITVS, Lois was the Associate Managing Director of Sundance Film Festival and Sundance Labs. Independent Lens funded and co-produced docuseries and feature documentaries include Philly D.A., Try Harder!, One Child Nation, Always in Season, Bedlam, I Am Not Your Negro, The Judge, TOWER, Trapped, (T)ERROR, Newtown, The Invisible War, The House I Live In, Black Panthers: Vanguard of a Revolution, Best of Enemies, and The Trials of Muhammad Ali, among many others.
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