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Variety Story About Female Doc Execs Includes Diane Weyermann

Women are the gatekeepers to doc world

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For most women, showbiz is an uphill battle. But when it comes to the doc arm of the entertainment industry, females dominate.

Whether they work in television or theatrical distribution, fest programming and/or funding, women make up a large majority of the doc world’s gatekeepers.

Oscar nominees and winners like “An Inconvenient Truth,” “4 Little Girls” and “Murderball” are just three of many examples of nonfiction films that were shepherded by female execs.

A few of the genre’s power players include HBO’s Sheila Nevins, Lisa Heller and Nancy Abraham; A&E IndieFilms’ Molly Thompson; Participant Media’s Diane Weyermann; Sundance Institute’s Cara Mertes and Intl. Documentary Festival Amsterdam’s Ally Derks.

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