| Sheila Nevins|
| Sidney Koch (m. 1972)|
| April 6, 1939 (age 76) (1939-04-06) Manhattan, New York|
Television producer, documentary filmmaker
President of HBO Documentary Films
Benjamin Nevins, Stella Nevins
Yale University (1963), Barnard College (1960), Little Red School House, High School of Performing Arts
The Celluloid Closet, Braingames, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, High on Crack Street: Lo, One Survivor Remembers
Jon Alpert, Alex Gibney, Rosie O'Donnell, Peter Kunhardt, Rory Kennedy
Sheila Nevins Wikipedia
Sheila Nevins (born April 6, 1939) is an American television producer and the President of HBO Documentary Films. She has produced over one thousand documentary films for HBO and is one of the most influential people in documentary filmmaking. She has worked on productions that have been recognized with over 65 Primetime Emmy Awards, 46 Peabody Awards, and 26 Academy Awards. Nevins has won 32 individual Primetime Emmy Awards, more than any other person.
Nevins was born on April 6, 1939 in Manhattan, New York to Stella, a chemist, and Benjamin Nevins, a Russian immigrant post office worker and bookmaker. Her mother suffered from Raynaud's disease and scleroderma. Her uncle was a wealthy inventor and helped pay for her schooling. She didn't have a television growing up until she was in high school. She attended Little Red School House and the High School of Performing Arts in New York City. She received a BA in English from Barnard College in 1960. In 1963 she received an MFA in Directing from the Yale School of Drama. She married a Yale lawyer in the 1960s. Though she wanted to pursue a theater career, her husband wanted her to be home evenings and weekends, forcing her to find a daytime job.
Nevins began her career at the United States Information Agency as an actress in Adventures in English. In 1975 she began working as a writer and producer for the Children's Television Workshop. She also worked at Scribner making recordings of books for blind people. Nevins was a researcher then associate producer for The Great American Dream Machine on National Educational Television. She worked under Alvin H. Perlmutter from 1971 to 1973 and did "man on the street" interviews. Inspired by the film Salesman, she hired Albert and David Maysles to direct parts of the show. Nevins was a Field Producer for The Reasoner Report on ABC News in 1973. She wrote for Time-Life Films from 1973 to 1975 and worked briefly for 20/20. Nevins was a producer for the CBS news magazine Who's Who in 1978 and 1979. Nevins declined Don Hewitt's invitation to be a producer for 60 Minutes.
In 1979, Nevins was hired by HBO as Director of Documentary Programming on a 13-week contract. She continued in that position until 1982.
From 1983 to 1985, Nevins had a production company called Spinning Reels and created the animated educational program Braingames.
In 1986, Nevins returned to HBO as Vice President of Documentary Programming. In 1995, she became the Senior Vice President of Original Programming. Nevin's tenure at HBO saw the rise of sexually-themed programming in the America Undercover documentary series.
In 2000, Nevins was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. She was the Executive Vice President of Original Programming from 1999 to 2003. She has been HBO's President of Documentary and Family Programming since 2004.
In 2007, Nevins wrote the introduction for the book Addiction: Why Can't They Just Stop?
In 2011, Nevins was honored by the Directors Guild of America for her "unwavering commitment to documentary filmmakers and the advancement of the documentary genre."
In 2013, Nevins received the Woman of Achievement Award from the Women's Project Theater. and a Visionary Leadership Award from the International Festival of Arts & Ideas.1993: Outstanding Children's Program for "Beethoven Lives Upstairs"
1995: Outstanding Informational Special for One Survivor Remembers
1995: Outstanding Informational Special for Taxicab Confessions
1995: Outstanding Children's Program for Going, Going, Almost Gone! Animals in Danger
1997: Outstanding Informational Special for Without Pity: A Film About Abilities
1997: Outstanding Children's Program for How Do You Spell God?
1999: Outstanding Nonfiction Special for Thug Life in D.C.
2000: Outstanding Nonfiction Special for Children in War
2000: Outstanding Children's Program for Goodnight Moon & Other Sleepytime Tales
2003: Outstanding Children's Program for Through a Child's Eyes: September 11, 2001
2004: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special for Elaine Stritch at Liberty
2004: Outstanding Children's Program for Happy to Be Nappy and Other Stories of Me
2005: Lifetime Achievement Award
2005: Outstanding Children's Program for Classical Baby
2005: Exceptional Merit In Documentary Filmmaking for Death in Gaza
2006: Outstanding Children's Program for I Have Tourette's but Tourette's Doesn't Have Me
2006: Exceptional Merit In Documentary Filmmaking for Baghdad ER
2007: Outstanding Nonfiction Special for Ghosts of Abu Ghraib
2007: Exceptional Merit In Documentary Filmmaking for When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts
2008: Outstanding Children's Program for Classical Baby (I'm Grown Up Now): The Poetry Show
2008: Exceptional Merit In Documentary Filmmaking for White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
2009: Governor's Award for the Creative Arts Emmy Awards
2009: Exceptional Merit In Documentary Filmmaking for The Alzheimer's Project: The Memory Loss Tapes
2009: Outstanding Children's Nonfiction Program for The Alzheimer's Project: Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am? with Maria Shriver
2010: Outstanding Nonfiction Special for Teddy: In His Own Words
2011: Outstanding Children's Program for A Child's Garden of Poetry
2013: Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special for Manhunt: The Search for Bin Laden
2013: Exceptional Merit In Documentary Filmmaking for Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God
2014: Outstanding Children's Program for One Last Hug: Three Days at Grief Camp
2014: Exceptional Merit In Documentary Filmmaking for Life According to Sam
2015: Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series for The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
2015: Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special for Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
2015: Outstanding Picture Editing For Nonfiction Programming for The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
2016: Exceptional Merit In Documentary Filmmaking for Jim: The James Foley Story
1999: Peabody Award – Personal Award
2006: Peabody Award for Baghdad ER
2013: Peabody Award for Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God and for Life According to Sam
2008: Tribute Award (shared with Penélope Cruz, Melvin Van Peebles, and Gus Van Sant)
1995: Documentary Special for "Gang War: Bangin' In Little Rock"
1997: Documentary Special for "Heart of a Child"
Nevins married investment banker Sidney Koch in 1972. The pair have a home in Litchfield, Connecticut as well as an apartment on the Upper East Side. They have one son, David Koch (born 1980). Nevins has a younger sister (born 1946) who is a doctor. Nevins enjoys theater and is an admirer of Gloria Steinem, who she has deemed "next to my mother, the most important woman I’ve ever met."