Simon Kilmurry Named Exec Director of International Documentary Association

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Simon Kilmurry

The Emmy winner previously served as executive producer of PBS' 'POV.'

Simon Kilmurry has been named executive director of the International Documentary Association. He will move from New York to Los Angeles to take up the position July 6.

Kilmurry comes to the IDA after 16 years with POV, the PBS showcase for independent documentaries, where he has served as executive producer since 2006.  He also serves as executive director of American Documentary, POV’s non-profit parent organization.

At POV, Kilmurry has won a Primetime Emmy Award, 12 News and Documentary Emmy Awards and a Special Emmy Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking, as well as more than 50 News and Documentary Emmy nominations. He has also received five Peabody Awards, three duPont-Columbia Awards, two Overseas Press Club Awards, a Grierson Award, and is a two-time recipient of the Best Continuing Series Award from IDA. In 2011, he received the National Association of Latino Independent Producers’ Award for Corporate Commitment to Diversity.

During his time at the helm of American Documentary, the organization was the recipient of a $1 million MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions in 2013.

Founded in 1982, the IDA is a nonprofit dedicated to serving the needs of documentary filmmakers. Through its programs, the IDA provides resources, creates community, and defends the rights and freedoms of documentary artists, activists and journalists. Its programs include the IDA Documentary Awards, Doc-U, an educational seminar and workshop series, the Getting Real documentary conference, Documentary magazine and public screening programs.

“It’s hard to imagine anyone better qualified to take the reins at IDA,” Marjan Safinia, president of IDA’s board of directors, said. “As an internationally recognized leader in our field, Simon’s name is synonymous with excellence in documentary, and his passion for the form is unrivaled. He is truly from the tribe of documentary filmmakers that we serve. This, coupled with his extraordinary track record in organizational management and deep insight into the needs of the documentary field, makes him the strongest possible leader to continue our evolution.”