Erika Dilday will lead AmDoc/‘POV’

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Erika Dilday will become executive director of American Documentary and EP of the PBS series POV.


Dilday will succeed Justine Nagan, who announced last year that she would step down. Dilday will also oversee America ReFramed, a co-production with World Channel.

“It was clear to the Board that Erika’s experience and commitment to independent voices were the perfect fit for AmDoc at this time. She’s a visionary and we believe that, as Executive Director, she will be a tremendous asset to the organization going forward,” said Margaret Drain, chair of AmDoc’s board of directors, in a news release.

“Ensuring that diverse voices and authentic narratives are centered as part of the public media landscape was a major reason I pursued a career in this industry in the first place. American Documentary is a place that has, since its founding nearly 35 years ago, elevates these stories,” said Dilday in the release.

Dilday is CEO and executive director of Futuro Media Group. She joined Futuro in 2017 and became CEO in 2019. Her last day with the organization will be May 31.

“This is truly a bittersweet goodbye as Erika’s tenure with Futuro has been marked by rapid growth and an expansion of our programming,” Futuro said in a newsletter. “She leaves Futuro in a solid position for continued growth, and we sincerely thank her for her contribution and visionary leadership.”

Futuro’s productions include Latino USA, In the Thick and Latino Rebels.

Before Futuro, Dilday was executive director for the Maysles Documentary Center in New York. She has also been a strategic planning director for the New York Times.

Futuro’s newsletter said that Charlotte Mangin and Julio Ricardo Varela will become co-interim executive directors as the organization searches for a permanent leader. Mangin most recently worked as the creator of Unladylike2020, a series documenting women who changed America. She was a series producer for Futuro from 2013–16 and was interim executive director for nearly a year. Varela, who joined Futuro in 2015, is currently editorial director and VP of new business development for Futuro Studios.

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