ITVS Shares Our Progress on POC Representation

Posted on July 6, 2021

In this time of racial reckoning, filmmakers of color righteously have asked public broadcasters to publish the racial diversity of their programs and producers. As an organization with diversity and inclusivity as our top priority, ITVS has a long record of releasing to the public the data that we provide each fiscal year to our board of directors. We’re proud of our record of representation—on our board, on our staff, and among our ITVS-funded filmmakers—and continuously strive to improve. A 2017 analysis by the Center for Media & Social Impact at American University found that the filmmakers, places, people and topics in 10+ years of ITVS documentaries reflect the rich diversity of the country we live in. Today, we’re sharing our POC representation (for the fiscal year 2019 and 2020 below) in solidarity with Beyond Inclusion and Public Media for All. ITVS’ work is made possible through the ongoing support of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. 

—Garry Denny
Chair, ITVS Board of Directors
Director of Programming, PBS Wisconsin

—Sally Jo Fifer
President & CEO, ITVS


From our blog

  1. Report: Stories for a Stronger Nation

    July 19, 2021

    ITVS is proud to share Stories for a Stronger Nation, a report that represents the culmination of a months-long series of conversations convened by ITVS board members Garry Denny, Sharon La Cruise and Patricia Aufderheide and published in collaboration with the Center for Media & Social Impact (CMSI) at American University with support from Ford

  2. "Free Chol Soo Lee" Filmmakers Share Desire to Tell Complex, Nuanced Stories of Asian Americans

    May 31, 2021

    Julie Ha and Eugene Yi talk about the journey their film "Free Chol Soo Lee" has already made and the road that lies ahead, the importance of this story to Asian American activists, and impart some wisdom to doc makers about the process of applying to and working with ITVS.

  3. Philly D.A. and the Power of the Prosecutor

    May 21, 2021

    A series of engagement events led by Independent Lens and Fair and Just Prosecution for Philly D.A. concluded with a survey around the criminal legal system. Read the results from more than 750 participants.