Grantee Profile

Independent Television Service

Grants to Independent Television Service

  • $400,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Duration 2 years)


    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — 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.

  • $900,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Inactive Grant)


    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — 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.

  • $1,500,000Active Strategy

    2010 (Inactive Grant)


    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — 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).

  • $1,485,437Active Strategy

    2007 (Inactive Grant)


    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — 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).

  • $1,000,000Active Strategy

    2004 (Inactive Grant)


    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — In support of the International Media Development Fund (over two years).

  • $100,000Active Strategy

    2004 (Inactive Grant)


    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — In support of the 2005 INPUT (International Public Television) conference and related activities.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Independent Television Service $5,385,437 between 2002 and 2015.

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