"Everything that I do is related in some way to work. I'm sure that if I didn't work, I'd find work. I just love telling people's stories and I love to hear people telling their stories."
About This Interview
Sheila Nevins was interviewed for two hours in New York, NY. Nevins describes her early experience in documentary filmmaking for PBS's The Great American Dream Machine and CBS's Who's Who, and details her hiring at HBO in the late 1970s. She talks of the state of the network during its early years and defines her role as Director of Documentaries. She discusses her short-lived production company, Spinning Wheels, and recounts several of the programs she produced for HBO, including the popular series Eros America (later called Real Sex). She outlines her return to HBO in 1986, now as a Vice President, and speaks of several notable documentary and family series that she oversaw, including Taxicab Confessions, The Broadcast Tapes of Dr. Peter, Half-Past Autumn: The Life & Works of Gordon Parks, and Elaine Stritch: At Liberty. She also comments on the programming she's overseen at Cinemax. Karen Herman conducted the interview on May 2, 2006.