John Limotte and Joi Thomas Join With Extensive Media Backgrounds
New York, N.Y. — Jan. 4, 2018 — American Documentary (AmDoc), the parent organization of the PBS documentary series POV, announced the addition of John Limotte and Joi Thomas to the board of directors today. The two new members expands the board to 14.
Both members come with extensive backgrounds in the media world. Limotte is the executive creator director and founder of Mustache, a creative agency, and Thomas is the senior counsel of business and legal affairs with Universal Kids, a subsidiary of NBCUniversal.
“I am honored to be serving on the board of directors at American Documentary,” said Limotte. “My deep-rooted love of storytelling has shaped my career from my early days as a film producer through the development of Mustache, the creative agency I founded in 2010. The stories that I’ve enjoyed telling the most, however, are real—with real people and real consequences beyond the realm of the imagination of any screenwriter or copywriter.”
“I’ve always viewed documentaries as the stories that need to be told, and the greatest tools to connecting us all through shared human experiences,” Thomas added. “POV is at the epicenter of supporting and cultivating such stories, thus I’m extremely honored to join the AmDoc board.”
To learn more about the new board members, read their bios below:
About John Limotte
Limotte began his career in the film industry after graduating from law school and went on to practice entertainment law. After two years immersed in the entertainment business, John felt the itch for a creative outlet, and set out to produce films with greats including Leonardo Dicaprio, Alexander Payne and Alfonso Cuaron. His theatrical films won multiple awards on the film festival circuit at Sundance, Cannes, and SXSW, among others.
In January 2010, John started Mustache with a vision to gather a team of young, talented people to create branded content. Limotte now leads the strategic direction of the organization as a whole, and provides creative direction and oversight across all campaigns and content.
About Joi Thomas
As senior counsel of business and legal affairs with Universal Kids, Thomas has a comprehensive background in advising clients on transactions with a focus on content development and production, content acquisition, co-productions (domestic and international), licensing, distribution and music. She works closely with network and creative executives during all stages of development and production for scripted, non-scripted, live-action, and animated programming.
Before joining NBCUniversal, Joi started her career as an associate in Holland & Knight’s Chicago office, practicing primarily in the areas of transactional media and entertainment law. Joi has served as production counsel for feature and documentary film projects and represented major media companies in acquiring content for worldwide distribution, and companies licensing celebrity rights in connection with products and venues. Over the span of her career, Joi has counseled clients throughout the country on a wide range of film, television, music, advertising, licensing and branding matters.
In addition to her work within the film and television industry, Joi co-developed and taught a legal course on film and television production at her alma mater, DePaul College of Law. Joi is an active volunteer within her community and recently marked her tenth year serving as president of Minority Legal Education Resources, Inc., a program which focuses on increasing diversity in the legal field through its Illinois Bar Process Management Program.
Produced by American Documentary, POV is public television’s premier showcase for nonfiction films, bringing viewers across the country bold nonfiction storytelling in their living rooms, communities and on-line. Since 1988, POV has been home to the world’s brightest contemporary filmmakers. AmDoc also produces America ReFramed, a year-round documentary series that highlights diverse stories from around the country. A co-production with the WORLD Channel, the series launched in 2012 to respond to the growing need for intimate and diverse stories that are domestically based.