Executive Producer & Executive Director | POV/American Documentary

Empower the Public in Public Media - June 30 @ 11:30am PST


Justine Nagan is the executive director of American Documentary (AmDoc), and an executive producer on its two signature series, POV (PBS) and America Reframed (World Channel in partnership with WGBH). POV is the longest-running independent documentary series on television. She is a strong believer in the important role of public media in a democracy, diversity and independent voices in popular culture, and of documentary as a tool for civic dialogue, new thinking and social change. Prior to coming to AmDoc, Justine led Kartemquin Films (KTQ) as executive director for seven years, as well as being an Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer on KTQ films including Abacus, Life Itself and The Interrupters by Steve James; Minding the Gap by Bing Liu; and The Trials of Muhammad Ali by Bill Siegel. Justine successfully transitioned to the ED role in a historic founder-led organization, and under her leadership, the organization significantly expanded its programs to assist documentary filmmakers and saw unprecedented levels of production and financial growth. During her tenure, over 20 projects had world premieres, including the ambitious duPont Award-winning six-hour series Hard Earned for Al Jazeera America. She left the organization with a robust production pipeline and a strong financial footing. With Kartemquin, she also directed Typeface, an award-winning documentary on American typography and graphic design, which aired on PBS and internationally on the Sundance Channel, and the doc short Sacred Transformations. Nagan has a certificate in nonprofit management from Harvard Business School and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago in the humanities/cinema and media studies. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is active in the media community and was one of the founding board members of Good Pitch Chicago. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two young sons.