Press Releases

  1. "Made in Boise” Opens New Season of Independent Lens Monday, October 28, 2019 on PBS and PBS.org

    August 15, 2019

    (San Francisco, CA) — A surprising — and booming — industry has emerged in Boise, Idaho. In this idyllic, all-American city, nurses, nail technicians and stay-at-home mothers are choosing to become paid surrogates for people from around the world. “Made in Boise” goes inside the lives of four of them as they build relationships with the intended parents,

  2. ITVS Taps Royd Chung, MTV “True Life” Showrunner and OZY Media Exec, as VP of Production

    June 10, 2019

    (San Francisco, California) JUNE 10, 2019 — Today Independent Television Service (ITVS), the leading funder of U.S. independent public television productions, announced that Royd Chung will join the award-winning organization as Vice President of Production. In his new role, Chung will helm active co-productions, including the 2019/2020 season of

  3. Independent Lens and ITVS-Funded Films Earn Four out of Eight Peabody Awards for Documentaries

    April 16, 2019

    (San Francisco, CA, April 16, 2019) — ITVS is proud to announce that four of its documentary films have been honored with Peabody Awards. Receiving the prestigious award are Dolores and The Judge, which aired on the PBS series Independent Lens, as well as the ITVS-funded films Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart and Minding the

  4. Three Independent Lens Films and Four ITVS-Funded Documentaries Honored with Peabody Award Nominations

    April 10, 2019

    (San Francisco, CA, April 9, 2019) — ITVS is proud to announce that seven of its films were nominated in the documentary category for the 78th Annual Peabody Awards, out of a total 18 nominees. Titles include Dolores, I Am Not Your Negro and The Judge, which aired on the PBS series Independent Lens, presented by ITVS. In addition, four ITVS-funded films

  5. Wrestle Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, May 20 on PBS and PBS.org

    March 22, 2019

    “Profiling four members of an underdog high-school wrestling team in Huntsville, Alabama, ‘Wrestle’ constructs an empathetic portrait of a mat that’s anything but level.”  – The New York TimesGo inside the lives of four members of the high school wrestling team at Huntsville’s J.O. Johnson High School, a longstanding entry on Alabama’s list of failing