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WHO WE ARE

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DIANA HOLTZBERG, founder & CEO

Diana Holtzberg is a producer, agent, writer, consultant and lecturer. She founded East Village Entertainment (EVE) in 2007, a New York City-based media company and agency that is devoted to media that enlightens, inspires and entertains. 

Diana has won two Emmy Awards and has received two Emmy nominations. She won a News and Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming in 2009 for The Art of Failure: Chuck Connelly Not for Sale, a Heartland Emmy Award for Best Topical Documentary in 2016 for Education, Inc., a Best Long Form Sports Emmy nomination for Back On Board: Greg Louganis in 2016 and a News and Doc Emmy nomination for Best Informational Long Form for Outlawed In Pakistan in 2014.

Production Credits 

As Executive Producer 
RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked The World (2017)
COMPLICIT
 (2017)
Mr. Gaga (2016)
Growing Up Coy (2016)
Requiem for the American Dream (2015)
Education, Inc. (Heartland Emmy Award winner) (2015)
Syl Johnson: Any Way The Wind Blows (2015)
Back On Board: Greg Louganis (Emmy nominated + PGA nominated) (2014)
Broken Heartland (2014)
Bert Stern: Original Madman (2011)
The Art of Failure: Chuck Connelly Not for Sale (Emmy Award Winner) (2009)
The Dictator Hunter (2007)
Loving and Cheating (2005)
Imaginary Witness: Hollywood And The Holocaust (2004)
End Of The Century: The Story Of The Ramones (2004)
Still Doing It: The Intimate Lives of Women Over 65 (2004) 
Held Hostage in Colombia (2003)

As Producer 
Reengineering Sam (2016)
Still Doing It: The Intimate Lives of Women Over 65 (2004)

As Creative Producer 
Recruiting for Jihad - international version (2017)
Design Is One: Lella and Massimo Vignelli (2012)
Open Secret (2012)
Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould
 (Oscar shortlisted, 2009)
Presumed Guilty / Presunto Culpable (Emmy Award winner + 3 Emmy noms + highest grossing documentary of all time in Mexico) (2008)
Pucker Up: The Fine Art of Whistling (2004)

As Coordinating Producer 
Outlawed in Pakistan  (Emmy Award winner + Emmy nomination, 2013)

Diana worked on over 300 films at Films Transit International (one of the longest running and highly regarded agencies specializing in the worldwide release of documentaries) where she was Vice President from 2001-2016. Some examples of the award-winning / critically acclaimed films: The Corporation, Southern Comfort; War Photographer; Grey Gardens; The Times of Harvey Milk; The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl; Power Trip; Three of Hearts; Robert Capa: In Love and War; A Lion In The House; The Most Dangerous Man In America: Daniel Elsberg and the Pentagon Papers; The President vs David Hicks; The Real Dirt On Farmer John; Yang Ban Xi: The 8 Model Works; Crimes of Honor; The Dictator Hunter; Addicted to Plastic; American Hardcore; La Sierra; End Of The Century: The Story Of The Ramones; Shake Hands With The Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire; Seoul Train; A Sea Change; The Last Victory; The Reckoning; Black Wave: The Legacy of The Exxon Valdez; Stealing Klimt; The Nuclear Comeback; Our Brand Is Crisis; Garbage Dreams; Google Baby; La Corona; Imaginary Witness: Hollywood And The Holocaust; Big Storm: The Lynndie England Story; The Kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt; Ears Open Eyes Click; The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne; Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter; Minik; Letters to the President; Peace One Day; Outfoxed; Into Eternity; Google and The World Brain; You Don’t Like The Truth - 4 days Inside Guantanamo;  Virgin Tales; Space Tourists; The New Rijksmuseum; Steam Of Life; Presumed Guilty; Fire In The Blood; Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story; The Starfish Throwers; Sugar Coated; Fukushima: A Nuclear StoryRequiem for The American Dream; Hieronymus Bosch: Touched By The Devil; Leonard Retel Helmrich’s trilogy Eye of the Day, Shape of the Moon, and Position Among The Stars; Drew Associates seminal films Primary; Crisis; Adventures on the New Frontier; Faces of November; A President To Remember: In The Company of John F Kennedy.

Diana worked on a select number of films annually as independent projects during her time at Films Transit, including a number in production credits above and also Another Road Home; Money For Nothing: Inside The Federal Reserve. 

Diana’s writing credits include: credited ghostwriter of The Warrior Diet (2002); co-writer of Still Doing It: The Intimate Lives of Women Over 60, an expansion of the documentary she made with Deirdre Fishel (2008, Avery Books / Penguin Group).  She wrote dozens of articles while a contributing writer and editor for Mind & Muscle POWER Magazine and is co-author with Jan Rofekamp of three widely read doc industry articles: ‘The Current State of the International Marketplace For Documentary Films’, for IFP, ‘Feeling Festive: Strategies for Taking Your Film on the Festival Circuit’ and “Distribution To The Max’ for International Documentary Magazine. She wrote film reviews for indieWire at the Telluride Film Festival in 2002. And is currently co-writing a scripted TV series called Hudson City with Freeholder Bill O’Dea of Jersey City, NJ.

Diana is a member of The Author’s Guild and is on the Documentary Advisory Board of the Paley Center For Media.

Diana participates on industry panels and has conducted workshops at film festivals and markets throughout the world. In the US at Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Full Frame, AFI Docs, IFP Filmmaker Lab, Independent Film Week, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Berkshire International Film Festival. Internationally at IDFA- Amsterdam, AIDC- Australia, Sunnyside of the Doc- France, Visions du Reel- Switzerland, Hot Docs - Toronto, Encounters - South Africa, CCDF - Taiwan, Creative Europe - Ireland, The Edinburgh Pitch - Scotland, The Galway Film Festival - Ireland, Dublin Market - Ireland, Sheffield Film Festival - UK, Latin Sunnyside of the Doc - Argentina, The Woman’s Film Festival - Sweden, Doc Montevideo - Uruguay. 

She has participated on the Forum preselection committee at IDFA and at Hot Docs and on juries at DocAviv, Jihlava, Woodstock Film Festival, IDA Awards; and on Paley Center for Media’s Doc Pitch Panel since its inception.

After receiving her BA from George Washington University she began her career in the magazine business, where she worked for 15 years before moving into the film world. During this time she produced groundbreaking TV specials for MTV: ’SPIN Party Zone’ while at SPIN Magazine and for Fox Sports Network: ’DETAILS Snowboard and Music Festival’ while at DETAILS Magazine.  At Inc. Magazine she developed the idea and raised the money for a TV series about entrepreneurs that aired for two seasons on cable in the early 1990’s.  Diana received a Certificate in Film from NYU in 1998 and then worked for one year at Gabriel Films, the award-winning doc production company as head of development, marketing, and international sales.

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Cynthia Kane

Cynthia Kane is thrilled to be joining EVE and her longtime friend, Diana Holtzberg doing grant writing and social media and soon much more.

A former commissioning editor, Kane helped transform the way global documentaries are seen on US television.  She created DOCday on Sundance Channel in 2002 and shepherded over 150 international and US co-productions for public media at ITVS. In 2013, she helped launch Al Jazeera America and the Sunday night documentary strand, Al Jazeera America Presents with series (Kartemquin’s Hard Earned – winner 2016 Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Awards, Inside Obama’s White House with Brook Lapping) and documentaries (Albert Maysles’ final work, In Transit, Leon Gast’s Sporting Dreams, Barbara Kopple’s Shelter, Jennifer Maytorena Taylor’s Daisy and Max, Michelle Shephard and Patrick Reed’s Guantanamo’s Child, Marc Levin’s Freeway: Crack in the System, the last two nominated for Emmy’s in 2016.)

With her UK partners at gbgg productions and Les Film de l’Après Midi in France, Kane executive-produced, New Eyes by Hiwot Admasu Getaneh (Venice, TIFF, Rotterdam.)

Recently Kane joined forces with former NYC Film Commissioner Cynthia Lopez as creative consultants for Zeva Oelbaum and Sabine Krayenbühl’s Letters from Baghdad about the extraordinary life and times of Gertrude Bell.