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International Documentary Association Names Simon Kilmurry Executive Director

International Documentary Association Names Simon Kilmurry Executive Director

Kilmurry joins IDA after a 16-year tenure at POV, PBS’ long-running documentary showcase, where he served as Executive Producer. He also served as executive director of POV’s parent nonprofit American Documentary. “He is truly from the tribe of documentary filmmakers that we serve,” said Marjan Safinia, President of IDA’s Board of Directors. 

“The IDA has never been better positioned to play a leadership role in the field, advocating for and providing support to filmmakers, and convening an international dialogue for filmmakers telling the most relevant stories of our time,” said Kilmurry, who won numerous accolades in his role at POV including a Primetime Emmy Award, 12 News and Documentary Emmy Awards, a Special Emmy Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking, as well as more than 50 News and Documentary Emmy nominations.

He is also the recipient of five Peabody Awards, three Du Pont Columbia Awards, two Overseas Press Club Awards, a Grierson Award, and is a two-time recipient of the Best Continuing Series Award from IDA. In 2011 he received the National Association of Latino Independent Producers’ Award for Corporate Commitment to Diversity.

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