Simon Kilmurry

Simon Kilmurry

Simon Kilmurry joined American Documentary | POV in 1999 and was appointed executive director in 2006. His prior positions include chief operating officer and managing director. As executive director Kilmurry oversees all aspects of American Documentary’s programs and operations including the production of POV, PBS’s award-winning documentary film series. Since 2006, POV has been honored with a Special Industry Emmy Award, 26 Emmy nominations, 4 Emmy Awards, 4 Academy Award nominations, 3 George Foster Peabody Awards, 2 Columbia-duPont Awards, the International Documentary Association’s award for Continuing Series, and 3 Webby nominations.

Since joining American Documentary he has been involved in the production and distribution of over 180 POV films and special presentations, including a live town hall meeting with ABC News/Nightline and the PBS mini-series Right Here, Right Now. Kilmurry has helped lead new initiatives to increase POV’s reach and diversity, including the Diverse Voices Project, an initiative to support emerging filmmakers, and the Webby Award-winning online documentary series Borders.  Kilmurry has presented and served on panels and juries at national and international festivals and conferences, including: the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, the Council on Foundations, INPUT, IDFA, DocAviv, SilverDocs, Sheffield Documentary Film Festival, Sundance, Australian International Documentary Conference, The New School University, New York University, Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, American University, New York State Council on the Arts, Latino Public Broadcasting, the Wallace Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and the Independent Film Market. He currently serves as a member of the board of screeners for the DuPont Columbia awards, as an international advisor to The Greenhouse Fund, and is an editorial partner of the WGBH Lab.

Previously, Kilmurry was Associate Director at Teachers & Writers Collaborative, a nonprofit literary arts and education organization and publisher. He has served as a board member and treasurer for a number of nonprofit organizations including Teachers & Writers Collaborative, Elders Share the Arts and East Harlem Block Schools. Kilmurry attended the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and Columbia University Business School’s Institute for Not-for-Profit Management.