Sheila Nevins

Television producer and president, HBO Documentary Films

Sheila Nevins, president of HBO documentary films, was born in New York and studied to be an actress at Yale School of Drama. During the early 1970s, she began to work behind the camera, as a producer for CBS and ABC television stations. She went on to join HBO and has been head of the network’s documentary production for 36 years. She has received 31 Primetime Emmy Awards, 34 News and Documentary Emmys and 40 Peabody Awards and, during her tenure, HBO documentaries have won 25 Academy Awards.

Nevins’s work includes the 1996 film Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills, which exposed the wrongful conviction of three men known as the West Memphis Three and led to their release; Real Sex, a series about sexual trends; and the multipart project, Addiction, which was inspired by her son’s struggle with substance abuse.