After nearly four decades of making HBO her home, Sheila Nevins is moving on. The President of HBO Documentary Films revealed the big news in an interview with The New York Times. As an executive producer or producer, she has received 32 Primetime Emmy Awards, 34 News and Documentary Emmys, and 42 George Foster Peabody Awards. During her tenure at HBO, the channel’s documentaries have won 26 Academy Awards. But Nevins’ legacy is about so much more than her many, many honors and accolades.
Nevins revolutionized documentary filmmaking. She recognized that experts and celebrities weren’t the only ones worthy of having a camera put in front of them. As Maureen Dowd writes in the Times profile, Nevins “helped change the image of documentaries from stodgy to provocative.” In Nevins’ own words, “I do have a philosophy about documentaries, which is that I really do believe that almost everybody has a story.