Independent Lens Earns First Primetime Emmy Nomination

A LION IN THE HOUSE, an inspiring documentary about childhood cancer garners “Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking” nod

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(San Francisco, CA)—The Independent Television Service (ITVS) announced today that its acclaimed anthology series Independent Lens, which airs Tuesday nights at 10pm on PBS, has received its first national primetime Emmy nomination. The Independent Lens special presentation of A LION IN THE HOUSE, which follows six years in the lives of five families fighting childhood cancer, was nominated in the “Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking” category. 

“We are honored to be nominated for our first primetime Emmy as we are about to begin our sixth season as a national primetime series,” said Independent Lens Series Producer, Lois Vossen. “A LION IN THE HOUSE was a profoundly moving and ultimately inspiring documentary that touched the hearts of millions of viewers; it is gratifying to have the filmmakers, Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar recognized by the industry.” 

A LION IN THE HOUSE is an epic film about the pervasive realities of Childhood cancer. From the trauma of diagnosis to the physical toll of treatment, from the stresses that can tear a family apart to the courage of children who face the possibility of death with honesty and humor, and dignity, A LION IN THE HOUSE is an unprecedented portrait of this life-altering experience. As the film compresses six years into a two-part, four-hour narrative event, it puts viewers in the shoes of parents, physicians, nurses, siblings, grandparents and social workers as they struggle to defeat an indiscriminate and predatory disease. 

A LION IN THE HOUSE was accompanied by an extensive national outreach campaign. Conducted in partnership with such preeminent organizations as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Lance Armstrong Foundation and the American Cancer Society, the campaign worked to improve care and strengthen support systems for families fighting childhood cancer—especially those who face socio-economic challenges. Hundreds of events, including policy briefings on Capitol Hill and dozens of presentations at professional conferences and community clinics made this PBS Independent Lens broadcast into an important national tool in the battle against pediatric cancer. 

The Primetime Emmy nomination builds on Independent Lens’ prior Emmy wins in the News and Documentary category, A LION’S TRAIL (2006) for Outstanding Cultural and Artistic Programming and BE GOOD, SMILE PRETTY (2004) for best Documentary. 

Production and Funding Credits 
A LION IN THE HOUSE is a co-production of Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert and the Independent Television Service (ITVS) with funding provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Lance Armstrong Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, The Program for Media Artists, The Ohio Arts Council and The MacDowell Colony. A LION IN THE HOUSE is produced and directed by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert. Executive producer for ITVS is Sally Jo Fifer. 

About Independent Lens 
Independent Lens is an Emmy® Award-winning weekly series airing Tuesday nights at 10pm on PBS. The acclaimed anthology series features documentaries and a limited number of fiction films united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement and unflinching visions of their independent producers. Independent Lens features unforgettable stories about a unique individual, community or moment in history. Independent Lens is jointly curated by ITVS and PBS, and is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private corporation funded by the American people, with additional funding provided by PBS and the National Endowment for the Arts. The series producer is Lois Vossen. Further information about the series is available at 

About the Independent Television Service (ITVS) 
Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the Independent Television Service (ITVS) funds and presents award-winning documentaries and dramas on public television, innovative new media projects on the Web and the Emmy® Award-winning weekly series Independent Lens on Tuesday nights at 10pm on PBS. ITVS is a miracle of public policy created by media activists, citizens and politicians seeking to foster plurality and diversity in public television. ITVS was established by a historic mandate of Congress to champion independently produced programs that take creative risks, spark public dialogue and serve underserved audiences. Since its inception in 1991, ITVS programs have revitalized the relationship between the public and public television, bringing TV audiences face-to-face with the lives and concerns of their fellow Americans. More information about ITVS can be obtained by visiting ITVS is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people. 

About PBS 
PBS is a media enterprise that serves 354 public noncommercial television stations and reaches almost 90 million people each week through on-air and online content. Bringing diverse viewpoints to television and the Internet, PBS provides high-quality documentary and dramatic entertainment, and consistently dominates the most prestigious award competitions. PBS is a leading provider of educational materials for K-12 teachers, and offers a broad array of other educational services. PBS' premier kids TV programming and Web site, PBS KIDS Online (, continue to be parents' and teachers' most trusted learning environments for children. More information about PBS is available at, one of the leading dot-org Web sites on the Internet. 

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Posted on July 19, 2007