Indies Celebrate PBS Programming Change

Thanks to the 1200+ fans and filmmakers who joined our cause to support independent documentary film programming, PBS announced yesterday it would move Independent Lens and POV to Monday night, PBS' highest-rated evening.

The long-awaited change would not have been possible without the groundswell of support from our fans and allies like PBS veteran Bill Moyers and the International Documentary Association.

“We really feel that we had an effect,” Gordon Quinn told the New York Times' Decoder media blog.


Major filmmakers pledge their support for our open letter to PBS

On Friday, a small coalition of Kartemquin producers and independent documentary filmmakers led by Gordon Quinn and Carlos Sandoval wrote an open letter to PBS expressing our dismay at their decision to move the nation's two biggest program strands for independent, award-winning documentary — Independent Lens and POV — away from Tuesday nights, their previous timeslot. This decision caused a significant decline in viewers for the programs, and seemed indicative of a potential jeopardization of PBS' mission to support independent democratic voices.

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