In 1979, Sheila Nevins came to Home Box Office, Inc., (HBO) on a 13-week contract to work in the documentary division. At that time, the cable television company did not possess sufficient funding to hire a correspondent for the documentaries, so Ms. Nevins had to improvise by producing the series without anyone on camera. Thriving under adverse conditions, Sheila Nevins advanced rapidly and now holds the title President of Documentary Programming for HBO and Cinemax.
Among her many accomplishments, Sheila Nevins is credited with helping to steer the documentary genre from a traditional newsy form to one rich with drama and tightly focused on human conflict. Her subjects have included addiction, Alzheimer’s, autism, sex, natural disasters, and global political issues. Throughout Sheila Nevins’ career, which commenced with her work in the WorldNet Television and Film Service of the United States Information Agency, she has participated in the production of almost 500 films, many of which have encountered significant success, both in terms of viewer ratings and industry recognition.
A graduate of Barnard College and Yale University, Sheila Nevins has received a bevy of high-profile awards, including the 2003 Banff Television Festival Special Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as dozens of Emmy nominations and awards spanning many categories, including Best Documentary, Outstanding Historical Programming - Long Form, and Outstanding Children's Program, among others.