Wednesday, May 18th, 4:30pm-6:00pm
Reception to follow
3470 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 980
Los Angeles, CA 90010 (Map)
Free for IDA members and one guest on a first come, first served basis.
Join us and Showtime Networks’ Vinnie Malhotra, Senior Vice President, Documentaries, Unscripted, and Sports Programming, for the next installment in our What’s New series, in which prominent industry leaders in documentary present up-to-the-minute information about what’s happening in the documentary landscape and discuss new opportunities for filmmakers.
Vinnie will discuss Showtime Networks' aggressive shift towards documentary programming including an embrace of cultural documentaries that focus on the lives and legacies of culture-defining figures and the networks' commitment to highlighting diverse stories that defy traditional stereotypes. Vinnie will also elaborate on the networks' multi-tiered distribution strategy with films like Sundance favorite, Weiner, and Alex Gibney’s Zero Days, along with it’s recently announced documentary on music icon Whitney Houston, directed by Nick Broomfield. The networks' other initiatives include expanding their documentary series programming with shows like The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth, a real time docu-series that pulls back the curtain of the 2016 presidential race.
Showtime established themselves as a major contender last year in the awards campaigning arena when Showtime Documentary Films theatrically released Stevan Riley’s Listen to Me Marlon, a character portrait of actor Marlon Brando. Qualifying the film allowed it to earn a spot on the 2015 Oscar shortlist and the National Board of Review’s Top Five Documentaries, along with scoring an IDA Best Writing Award and a IDA Best Feature Award nomination, and was most recently announced as a Peabody Award winner.
In conversation with Vinnie will be Ken Jacobson, IDA’s Director of Educational Programming and Strategic Partnerships. A great opportunity for Southern California filmmakers to engage with one of the most prominent leaders in documentary programming, this intimate session will also include ample opportunity for Q&A.
Vinnie Malhotra serves as Senior Vice President, Documentaries, Unscripted and Sports Programming for Showtime Networks' Inc. An Emmy® and Peabody Award-winning executive, Malhotra oversees the development and production of the networks' growing slate of original unscripted and documentary programming, as well as all future documentary theatrical releases. As Showtime has become a competitive player in the documentary world and a creative haven for award-winning filmmakers, Malhotra is charged with expanding the networks' ambitious documentary and docu-series slate.
Previously, Malhotra served as senior vice president for development and acquisitions at CNN Worldwide where he was responsible for leading development and co-production opportunities for CNN’s platforms. In this role, he created and spearheaded the launch of CNN Films, a production unit created to produce and acquire documentary films, and to leverage distribution opportunities for those films at film festivals and in theaters. Malhotra managed the day-to-day operation of CNN Films, and worked directly with filmmakers to develop original projects.
Malhotra also handled the development and production of CNN original series, including the three time Primetime Emmy award-winning Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, Morgan Spurlock: Inside Man, This is Life with Lisa Ling, High Profits, Finding Jesus, Somebody’s Gotta Do It with Mike Rowe, Chicagoland and Death Row Stories from Sundance Productions and Robert Redford, The Sixties and The Seventies, from Playtone and Tom Hanks, and the upcoming series, Race for the White House with Kevin Spacey. In 2015, Malhotra launched a partnership with CNN Digital Studios to acquire and stream documentary shorts.
A former program development executive at ESPN and ABC News producer, Malhotra began his career with ABC News in 1997. There, he worked on several of the news organization’s signature programs including Nightline and World News Tonight, and served as a producer for Peter Jennings for three years. Malhotra later worked with co-anchors Elizabeth Vargas and Bob Woodruff and was part of the convoy in Iraq when Woodruff and a cameraman were hit by an IED in January 2006. He was uninjured. During his 13 years at ABC News, he covered major global events including the Iraq War and the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
In 2010, Malhotra joined ESPN as vice president and executive producer for content development. In this position, he was responsible for the development of films that include Everything in Between: The Tim Tebow Story, The Color Orange, The Brady 6, and The Marinovich Project. He also developed scripted and non-scripted series for the network.
Malhotra has received numerous industry honors for excellence in journalism including three Primetime Emmy Awards, six News and Documentary Emmy Awards, a Peabody and an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award.
Driving and Parking:
IDA Offices - 3470 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 980, Los Angeles, CA 90010 (Map)
Wilshire/Normandie is the intersection. Our tower building on 3470 Wilshire is not visible off of the street. It is behind the 3460 building. Paid visitor parking is located on Mariposa, south of Wilshire. Just after turning onto Mariposa, take an immediate right to enter to visitor parking area (next to the restaurant/club, Brass Monkey). Feel free to park in any spot NOT marked 'Reserved'.
Once you have parked, exit your vehicle and walk back toward the shops by where you pulled into the garage. Take a left once you get out of the garage to head toward our building. After several feet, you should see our building on the left. We are on the 9th floor, in the corner.
Street parking is available on 7th Street and other side streets.
IDA office is easily accessible by LA Metro buses and the Metro Purple Line (Wilshire/Normandie stop). For fares and schedule go to www.metro.net.
Founded in 1982, the International Documentary Association (IDA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that promotes nonfiction filmmakers, and is dedicated to increasing public awareness for the documentary genre. Our major program areas are: Advocacy, Filmmaker Services, Education, and Public Programs and Events.
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