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Source:  Fast Company

Sheila Nevins, former President of HBO Documentary Films, is heading to Viacom to launch MTV Documentary Films, a new division under MTV Studios that “will embrace a new generation of filmmakers exploring the social, political, and cultural trends and stories important to young people,” according to a press release.

Nevis is tasked with building a programming slate not only for MTV’s platforms, but for third-party streaming services as well.

“Throughout her stellar career, Sheila has elevated documentaries into one of the most compelling, culturally influentially forms of modern storytelling,” said Chris McCarthy, president of MTV, in a statement.  “As we grow and expand MTV, we’re excited for Sheila to bring a new generation of filmmakers to the forefront and continue to extend our creativity and cultural impact.”

Nevins, who left HBO in 2018, has been a pioneer in bringing documentary films to the mainstream in a meaningful way with projects including “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” “Citizenfour,” and “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts.”

Over the course of her 38-year-career at HBO, her films won 28 Academy Awards, 44 Peabody Awards, and 34 Primetime Emmy Awards.

Read the story at Fast Company.

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