Awards Submission: Primetime Emmys

March 30, 2016
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In this ITVS webinar, Dan Birman and Shari Cookson, co-Governors for the Television Academy’s Documentary Programming Peer Group and Dr. John Leverence, Senior Vice President, Awards, discuss what you need to know to submit your documentary for this year’s Primetime Emmys. Learn what’s new for this year and ask the experts any questions you may have to inform your submission strategy.

Video Description

Independent Lens | 2015-2016 Season Trailer | PBS

This season Independent Lens presents a new group of award-winning films that will thrust viewers into the heart of conversations tackling everything from faith to family, gun violence to race relations, and elder care to young love. The Emmy-winning Independent Lens airs Monday nights at 10/9c (check local listings).

1min 1sec


  • N'jeri Eaton

    N'Jeri Eaton is the Content Development & Initiative Manager at the Independent Television Service (ITVS). She manages the Diversity Development Fund and the Open Call production funding initiatives. N'Jeri is also a freelance documentary producer and editor. Her feature film First Friday will broadcast nationally on AfroPop in early 2016. Her short film Perry County screened at festivals around the country was distributed by New Day Films. She was also the Associate Producer for The Waiting Room which premiered on Independent Lens on PBS. N'Jeri has produced work for and has worked as a freelance editor and producer for various production companies and nonprofit organizations. N'Jeri received her M.A. at the UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.


  • Daniel Birman

    Daniel H. Birman is a nonfiction and documentary producer. Birman produced a social documentary, Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story for Independent Lens on PBS. Birman has several projects in active development including a series based on The New York Times Bestsellers list book series, "The Hinges of History" written by the popular history author, Thomas Cahill. He is a Professor of Professional Practice at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism, where he teaches documentary production and is the Executive Producer of Impact, a student-produced long form series at Annenberg

  • Shari Cookson

    Shari Cookson is a Primetime Emmy Award-winning filmmaker. Her latest film, Requiem for the Dead: American Spring 2014 on gun violence premiered on HBO in June 2015. Cookson won a Primetime Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking for The Memory Loss Tapes, part of HBO’s Alzheimer’s Project. Other HBO Emmy nominated films are Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life & Times of Katrina Gilbert; The Weight of the Nation for Kids; All Aboard! Rosie’s Family Cruise and Living Dolls: The Making of a Child Beauty Queen. Cookson is co-founder of Mackerel Sky Films with filmmaking partner Nick Doob. She is also the President of the documentary film production company Sceneworks. She lives in Los Angeles with her two children and husband, editor Charlton McMillan, with whom she has collaborated on numerous films.

  • Dr. John Leverence

    John Leverence joined the Television Academy in 1980. As the Awards Department's top-ranking staff member, Leverence oversees the fulfillment of the Board's strategic directives for the administration of the Primetime and LA Area Emmy Awards as well as the Television Academy Honors.

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