Carrie Lozano has been hired as president and CEO of the Independent Television Service, producer of the series Independent Lens.
Lozano succeeds Sally Jo Fifer, who announced earlier this year that she would step down as leader of the San Francisco–based organization. Lozano starts the new job in August.
“Carrie’s integrity as an investigative journalist, her leadership experience, and her fierce commitment to filmmakers and democracy will lift our field, partners and incredible staff for many years to come,” said ITVS Board Chair Garry Denny, who is also director of programming for PBS Wisconsin, in a news release. “The board is thrilled to welcome her to our team and to public media.”
Lozano will leave her position as director of documentary film and artist programs for the Sundance Institute. She joined Sundance in 2020.
Before that she was director of the enterprise documentary fund for the International Documentary Association. She has experience working as a director, reporter, producer and editor for several independent films, including programs that aired on Frontline and American Experience.
Lozano produced the ITVS-funded and Academy Award–nominated documentary The Weather Underground. She has served on the advisory board for Frontline since 2021 and joined the board of jurors for the Peabody Awards this year.
“ITVS is an empowering oasis for filmmakers who shift narratives and earn the public’s trust one authentic, impactful story at a time,” Lozano said in the news release. “I am in awe of their editorial care and artistry, and I cannot wait to collaborate with them, our partners, and our ITVS team. Connecting American audiences to powerful independent voices through PBS’ vast, accessible network is a dream come true.”