Grantee Profile

Independent Television Service

Grants to Independent Television Service

  • $1,025,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Duration 1 year, 11 months)

    Journalism & Media

    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — 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.

  • $400,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    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)

    Journalism & Media

    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)

    Journalism & Media

    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)

    Journalism & Media

    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)

    Journalism & Media

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

  • $100,000Active Strategy

    2004 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

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

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Independent Television Service $6,410,437 between 1978 and 2016.

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