Lois Vossen

Lois Vossen is the founding executive producer of Independent Lens, a multiplatform series on the PBS primetime schedule. The series broadcasts 22 original documentaries each season, produces Indie Lens Storycast digital programming, and docuseries (Have You Heard From Johannesburg, A Lion in the House, etc.). Independent Lens has received 25 Primetime and News & Documentary Emmy Awards, 23 Peabody Awards, 5 duPont-Columbia Journalism Awards, 9 Academy Award nominations, and was honored with the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017 International Documentary Association (IDA) Best Ongoing Series Award, along with 3 additional nominations. Vossen was Associate Managing Director of the Sundance Film Festival and Sundance Labs previously, and has served on the jury of SXSW, DOC New Zealand, Toronto International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, and New Orleans Film Festival. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Independent Lens co-funded and co-produced documentaries include One Child Nation, Always in Season, Bedlam, I Am Not Your Negro, The Judge, TOWER, Trapped, (T)ERROR, The Invisible War, The House I Live In, Black Panthers: Vanguard of a RevolutionThe Trials of Muhammad Ali, among many others.

Lois Vossen is the founding executive producer of Independent Lens, a multiplatform series on the PBS primetime schedule. The series broadcasts 22 original documentaries each season, produces Indie Lens Storycast digital programming, and docuseries (Have You Heard From Johannesburg, A Lion in the House, etc.). Independent Lens has received 25 Primetime and News & Documentary Emmy Awards, 23 Peabody Awards, 5 duPont-Columbia Journalism Awards, 9 Academy Award nominations, and was honored with the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017 International Documentary Association (IDA) Best Ongoing Series Award, along with 3 additional nominations. Vossen was Associate Managing Director of the Sundance Film Festival and Sundance Labs previously, and has served on the jury of SXSW, DOC New Zealand, Toronto International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, and New Orleans Film Festival. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Independent Lens co-funded and co-produced documentaries include One Child Nation, Always in Season, Bedlam, I Am Not Your Negro, The Judge, TOWER, Trapped, (T)ERROR, The Invisible War, The House I Live In, Black Panthers: Vanguard of a RevolutionThe Trials of Muhammad Ali, among many others.

updated 5.31.19

 

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Awards & Nominations

6 Nominations | 2 Emmys
Exceptional Merit In Documentary Filmmaking - 2020
  • Nominee
  • Lois Vossen, Executive Producer
  • One Child Nation
  • Prime Video
  • A Next Generation Production, LLC, Independent Television Service, WDR/ARTE, Motto Pictures and Pumpernickel Films co-production in association with Chicago Media Project, BBC Storyville, Chicken & Egg Pictures, SVT, EO, DR, and VGTV
Exceptional Merit In Documentary Filmmaking - 2019
Exceptional Merit In Documentary Filmmaking - 2016
Exceptional Merit In Documentary Filmmaking - 2015
  • Nominee
  • Lois Vossen, Senior Series Producer
  • The Great Invisible (Independent Lens)
  • PBS/Pivot
  • A co-production of 7 & 7 Films, LLC, Gigantic Pictures, Passion Pictures, Motto Pictures and Independent Television Service (ITVS) in association with Participant Media
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2018 Documentary and Reality Programming Nominee Reception
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Television Academy Governors Lois Vossen and Rickey Minor, and Television Academy Chairman and CEO Frank Scherma at the Television Academy member event "Perfect Harmony: A Live Performance Celebrating the Impact of Music in Documentaries" at the Saban Media Center's Wolf Theatre on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 in North Hollywood, California.

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Television Academy Governors Lois Vossen and Rickey Minor at the Television Academy member event "Perfect Harmony: A Live Performance Celebrating the Impact of Music in Documentaries" at the Saban Media Center's Wolf Theatre on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 in North Hollywood, California.

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Television Academy Governors Lois Vossen and Rickey Minor at the Television Academy member event "Perfect Harmony: A Live Performance Celebrating the Impact of Music in Documentaries" at the Saban Media Center's Wolf Theatre on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 in North Hollywood, California.

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2018 Documentary and Reality Programming Nominee Reception
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Television Academy Governors Lois Vossen and Daniel H. Birman at the 2018 Documentary and Reality Programming Nominee Reception at the Television Academy's Saban Media Center on Friday, September 7, 2018 in North Hollywood, California.

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