Insignia makes films driven by compelling characters, pressing social issues, and surprising stories that shed light on the diversity of the human condition. We produce long-form series, craft feature documentaries, and create innovative digital content.  For more than 30 years we have tackled subjects as varied as the conquest of the American West and the legacy of Bush v. Gore; epic journeys through the Grand Canyon and the story of the world’s smallest opera company; efforts to save gorillas in the Congo and the unlikely rise of a thoroughbred named Seabiscuit Our work has appeared on PBS, HBO, Nat Geo, the New York Times, and has won Emmys, the Cine Golden Eagle Award and been honored by the Writers and Directors Guild of America. 

Founded in 1988 by Stephen Ives, and joined in 2001 by Amanda Pollak, Insignia Films has earned a particular reputation as one of the country’s foremost producers of documentaries. From America’s conquest of the West to the controversial role of the press in wartime to the amazing career of the Depression-era thoroughbred Seabiscuit, the nation’s history has been repeatedly and vividly brought to life by Insignia’s innovative approach to filmmaking.

Our Team

Director

Stephen Ives

Producer/Director

Amanda Pollak

Producer

Lauren DeFilippo

Archival/Associate Producer & Assistant Editor

Eric Cotton

Researcher

Dom Lounds

Director

Jamila Wignot

Archival Producer

Rebecca Kent

Production Associate

Amanda Lalezarian

Director

Pete McBride

Associate Producer

Matt Gottesfeld

Assistant Editor

James Stuart

Writer/Producer

Gene Tempest

Cinematographer

Buddy Squires

Cinematographer

Andrew Young