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Opportunities in Public Television for Documentary Filmmakers         

This is a chance to hear what public television broadcasters are funding, how much money is available and how to get time on their program schedule. If you have ever hoped for a national broadcast, don’t miss this opportunity to hear directly from some of the most important decision makers working in public television today.


Julie Anderson
is the Executive Producer of Documentaries and Development at WNET/Thirteen. Anderson supervises the development and production of limited series for PBS, occasional single documentaries, as well as developing new programming initiatives. She oversees all aspects of broadcast and non-broadcast productions.

Nikki Heyman
is the Coordinating Producer for POV where she manages all film submissions, maintains relations with PBS station contacts, is responsible for collecting deliverables, and contributes to the curation of the series. Prior to joining the staff in early 2014, Nikki interned in POV's Programming and Production Department. Heyman was the documentarian for The Odyssey Initiative, a non-profit traveling education project. She worked as a mentor and teacher at the Apollo Outreach Initiative in Ohio, helping children of all ages become active creators of media to express themselves through film. Heyman has served as an Assistant Director, Production Manager, and Camera Operator on professional feature films, shorts, and student films, and has garnered award recognition for her own documentaries.

Carmen L. Vicencio
is the Series Producer of America ReFramed, American Documentary's 26-episode series. Apart from working closely with the executive producers in programming the year round series, she oversees licensing, production, post production and administration of the show. Discovering filmmaking in college, Vicencio built a career in Asia and New York as Assistant Director, Post Production Supervisor, Line Producer, Producer and Director of award-winning short and long-form content for film, TV and digital media. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America, and Co-Chair of its Diversity Committee.

Cynthia López (Moderator) is the former Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, where she was the steward of the Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting. López implemented strategies to support production of film and TV production throughout the five boroughs, and oversaw NYC Media, the City's official TV, radio and online network. During her tenure, New York City’s entertainment industry increased its direct annual spend from $7.1 Billion to $8.7 Billion to the local economy, an increase of 21 percent. Television production in NYC, increased from 29 episodic series to 46 series and feature film production rose from 192 to 253 films. López joined the City of New York from American Documentary | POV, where she had worked since 2000. Previously, she served as executive vice president and co-executive producer of the award-winning POV (Point of View) documentary series, where she was responsible for all aspects of the organization’s development, working with key stakeholders in education, public policy and community development. Her ability to forge strategic partnerships among corporate and public interest media has been a signature of her work.

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New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts