Cynthia Lopez

Cynthia Lopez
Executive Vice President/Co-Executive Producer
American Documentary/POV

Cynthia López is the Executive Vice President of the award-winning P.O.V. documentary series. Serving as Communications Director before being appointed in 2004 to Vice President for American Documentary, Lopez is responsible for programming content, broadcast distribution, community engagement activities, communications and marketing, online initiatives and overall strategic development of the organization. POV programming has been honored with every coveted industry award including a Special Industry Emmy Award, IDA Award for Continuing Series, Emmy Awards, Academy Awards nominations, George Foster Peabody Awards and Webby Awards.

Under her leadership as Communications Director, national media coverage of P.O.V. programs more than tripled and she has forged strategic partnerships with Harpo Studios, Netflix, ABC News' Nightline, WNYC New York Public Radio, Pentagram, Inc., Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and Ms. Magazine, Al Jazeera Network among many others. The promotional campaign López spearheaded for the P.O.V. film, Farmingville, won the prestigious EPPSilon Award.

López is the founding chair of the board of directors and a trustee of NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers) and an advisor to REEL New York (Thirteen/WNET New York). She has been an advisor for the Heinz Awards, Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Fellowships, Independent Television Service (ITVS), Americans for the Arts, the Banff Centre in Canada and AIVF. She has been a presenter at a variety of venues including: Medimed (Spain), Prague Eastern European International Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Hot Docs (Canada), SilverDocs, Independent Feature Project, Hofstra University, White House Conference on Libraries, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brown University, United Nations Women's Conference, Channels for Change (Scotland) Center for Democratic Communications (South Africa) and the international media alliance, Videazimut (Peru), among others.