Chris Hastings is a veteran at WGBH Boston and is Executive Producer and Editorial Manager of Content for WORLD Channel and WORLDChannel.org. In this role he oversees content development, acquisition, and production, as well as executing the day-to-day operations of the channel . As Executive Producer he is co-curator of the award-winning documentary program “America Reframed,” and “Local, USA” and “DOC World.”
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.
Managing Director Luis Ortiz oversees the development, financing and production of Latino-themed programming that is distributed for broadcast on national public television and online at PBS.org. Ortiz also administers LPB’s Public Media Content and Current Issues funding initiatives, which support independent filmmakers in the creation and dissemination of Latino themed documentaries for PBS, as well as of digital content engaging audiences online. In addition, he serves as Series Producer for VOCES on PBS, LPB’s signature series that features the best of Latino arts, culture and history, and shines a light on current issues that impact Latino Americans.
As Director of Digital Video for FRONTLINE, Carla Borrás oversees the series development and production of documentary shorts, social video journalism and new forms such as virtual reality and interactive web-based documentaries. A passionate storyteller, documentary fanatic, and believer in the power of investigative journalism, Carla seeks to bring FRONTLINE’s signature in-depth journalism to audiences through new formats and platforms. She was instrumental in establishing a digital video unit inside the legacy series and lead its pioneering work in virtual reality and interactive documentary storytelling. Under Carla’s leadership, FRONTLINE’s innovative digital video journalism has earned multiple honors, including an Emmy for New Approaches: Documentary, two Online Journalism Awards, a World Press Photo Award, a Scripps Howard Award, the SXSW Virtual Cinema Grand Jury prize, as well as the 2017 & 2018 People’s Voice Webby for best social news content. Additionally, an interactive overseen by Carla was one of the works cited in FRONTLINE’s recent duPont-Columbia Gold Baton win. In 2019, Carla was selected for the Online News Association Women’s Leadership Accelerator and is currently a fellow in the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Editorial Integrity & Leadership program run by Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication. Prior to jumping at the chance to join FRONTLINE, she worked on features and nonfiction programming for the Discovery Channel, Sony Pictures and truTV. She graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in psychology.
Monika Navarro is the Senior Director of Artist Programs at Firelight Media, and an independent producer/director. Monika comes to Firelight from the Tribeca Film Institute, where she oversaw documentary, scripted, education, shorts, and interactive programs. Prior to that, she was at the Independent Television Service (ITVS), where she managed content and funding initiatives, oversaw a development portfolio, and was a consulting producer on Las Sandinistas (SXSW 2018), The First Rainbow Coalition (Independent Lens), A Woman's Work: The NFL's Cheerleader Problem (Tribeca 2019) and Down a Dark Stairwell (True/False 2020). Monika has more than a decade of experience producing for public media, from directing her debut film Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas), which premiered on Independent Lens, to producing for World Channel, American Documentary and the Peabody-award winning PBS series Latino Americans.
NOLAND WALKER is Content VP at ITVS where he develops a portfolio of programs while providing editorial and production support to a broader slate of ITVS films. He co-programs the award-winning Independent Lens series and was an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker prior to coming to ITVS.
Shawn Wong is a Development Coordinator for Nickelodeon Animation. She works across both movies and studio business, helping to develop exciting, new content for kids and families.
Darlene Caamaño Loquet currently serves as Senior Vice President of Nickelodeon Movies where she oversees the film and studio business slate of projects for the studio.
Jason is the Director of Animation Development at Nickelodeon for movies, as well as series for streaming. He studied Communications and Chinese at Manhattanville College in New York, and spent a year working just outside of Shanghai after graduating. Since moving to Los Angeles, he’s worked for various entertainment companies such as United Talent Agency, Warner Animation Group, and DreamWorks Animation. Jason joined the Nickelodeon family at the start of 2019 and is working across a number of exciting projects in both features and television, relishing the opportunity to champion a new generation of diverse storytellers. He is an avid fan of rock climbing, Twizzlers, MisterBubz (the angry Instagram chihuahua), and finally not feeling embarrassed about perusing the YA section of a bookstore. Prior to moving to LA, Jason helped develop Camp Half Blood Brooklyn, a real-life Greek Mythology themed summer camp in Brooklyn, NY inspired by the fictional setting in the popular Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, which is now approaching its eleventh summer running, and has expanded to cities all around the United States.
Jairo Alvarado is a Literary Manager at Circle of Confusion where his client list includes: Lulu Wang, writer and director of the critically acclaimed film THE FAREWELL; Jordan Blum, showrunner of the upcoming Marvel animated series MODOK and Angel Soto, Director of the upcoming film CHARM CITY KINGS, to be released later this year on HBO MAX. His client Sarah Streicher, has an overall deal with ABC Studios and her series THE WILDS, which she created for Amazon is due to premiere on Amazon later this year. Jairo is a producer on the horror film CASA, in production at Orion/MGM Studios, which will be the feature directorial debut for his clients The Meza Brothers. He has also produced, in partnership with Skybound Entertainment, the cutting-edge VR project DINNER PARTY. Prior to Circle of Confusion, Jairo cut his teeth in talent management at 3 Arts Entertainment, which he joined in 2011 after starting his career as a creative executive at Warner Bros. Jairo currently sits on the board of directors for National Association of Independent Latino Producers (NALIP) and is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles.