2016 • 3 years • Journalism & Media
The Independent Television Service (ITVS) is the largest nonprofit organization working with American documentary filmmakers to fund, produce, broadcast, and distribute social issue documentaries in the United States. It works primarily through public media, but increasingly in digital platforms and with news organizations to disseminate long-form, short-form, and interactive documentary content. MacArthur funds support general operations of ITVS. The outcome of this award is that the U.S. public will have access to high quality, professionally produced documentary films and multimedia that challenge stereotypes and start conversations about urgent societal issues.
2015 • 2 years • Journalism & Media
ITVS is the largest non-profit organization working with American documentary filmmakers to fund, produce, broadcast and distribute social issue documentaries in the U.S. With its broadcast series, Independent Lens, ITVS is one of two organizations that anchor the year-round contemporary social issue documentary programming for PBS (the other being American Documentary, Inc. (AmDoc), which produces P. 0. V). Over the past decade, however, ITVS and AmDoc have moved beyond their public media roots, expanding their footprints to include films, animations, shorts, and interactive web documentaries for non-public media partners, from cable channels like HBO to news organizations like The Washington Post. This grant allows ITVS to continue its efforts to create pathways for its documentaries to find new outlets and larger audiences. Specifically, the grant would allow ITVS to continue the construction of a digital cataloging and distribution infrastructure (in direct response to opportunities to feature the nonfiction documentary video on news media web sites), build internal capacity to respond to new partnership opportunities as they arise, and enhance the promotion of its documentary series Independent Lens, across multiple platforms.
2014 • 2 years • Journalism & Media
Independent Television Service (ITVS) works with documentary filmmakers to fund, produce, broadcast and distribute social issue documentaries in the U.S. With federal government and foundation funding, it co-produces 75 documentary films each year and has an archive of 1500 films. It also programs a weekly public television broadcast, "Independent Lens," which features documentary films. With this grant, ITVS will launch a Collaboration Desk to meet the growing demand by news organizations for high-quality documentary video content. ITVS will help news organizations identify and license relevant documentary films for news websites, and assist filmmakers in adapting their films for a news environment.
2013 • 2 years • Journalism & Media
Independent Television Service (ITVS) is the largest independent funder and presenter of social issue documentary films on U.S. public television. In addition to presenting documentaries via PBS broadcast and online streaming, ITVS works to maximize the impact of these films by partnering with policymakers, civic leaders, schools, and non-profits. This grant supports Independent Lens, including funding for documentary projects in the research and development phase, and outreach strategies designed to reach and engage audiences in conversations about the important social issues presented in the documentaries.
2010 • 3 years • Journalism & Media
To support the Global Perspectives Project, a program to bring documentary content from international producers to U.S. audiences, and from U.S. producers to international audiences (over three years).
2007 • 2 years, 11 months • Journalism & Media
In support of the digital conversion of ITVS production and distribution processes, and the pilot testing of this conversion with the International Media Development Fund (over three years).
2004 • 1 year • Journalism & Media
In support of the 2005 INPUT (International Public Television) conference and related activities.
2004 • 2 years • Journalism & Media
In support of the International Media Development Fund (over two years).
1996 • 1 year • Journalism & Media
To support community dialogues in 20 cities based on "Making Peace," a public television documentary series about community violence.