Television Academy Selects ITVS as Recipient of 2017 Governors Award

Posted on August 9, 2017
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The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has selected ITVS as its 2017 Governors Award recipient in recognition of its more than 25 years as the leading incubator, co-producer, and funder of more than 1,400 documentaries by independent filmmakers. The award will be presented at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys on Saturday, September 9, 5:00 pm (PDT), at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. 

“ITVS cultivates projects that provide thought-provoking, innovative content from an enormously diverse group of creators,” said Chairman of the Academy Michael A. Levine when announcing the award. “We are proud to present the Governors Award to an organization that supports pioneering television and inclusion both on-screen and behind the scenes.”

“It's an honor to receive the Governors Award from the Television Academy and to be included among the other esteemed companies, organizations, and individuals that have made their mark on the television landscape,” said Sally Jo Fifer, President and CEO of ITVS. “It is our privilege to fuel the courageous work of the talented independent producers who authentically reflect the extraordinary lives of communities all over the country. Our board, staff, and funders are humbled by this recognition. Thanks to the vital and trusted PBS which airs our stories; and our major funder, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, with its continued support."

Past Governors Award recipients include Masterpiece Theatre, American Idol, and Lucille Ball.

In addition to receiving the Governors Award, 13 documentaries co-produced and funded by ITVS have been nominated for News and Documentary Emmy Awards, to be presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in October. 

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