Pat Mullen Appointed Publisher of POV Magazine

Writer and Editor Pat Mullen has been named Publisher of Point of View Magazine (POV), Canada’s premiere magazine about documentary culture. A long-time contributor to the magazine, Mullen has also served in recent years as its online and co-editor, and production manager, roles he will continue to play as the publication continues its strategic evolution. As the popularity, artistic accomplishment and social impact of documentaries grow, POV’s editorial mission continues to encompass new forms of documentary storytelling and develop new critical voices that reflect the industry’s and Canada’s diversity.

Mullen succeeds Judy Wolfe, who served as publisher for POV from 2009 to 2017, and was pivotal in developing a strategic direction for the magazine, ensuring its independence and administrative stability. She came up with the plan for the Canada 150 special issue and ensured its publication and distribution. Judy recruited Pat Mullen initially for his social media prowess. “I’m thrilled to see how Pat has developed as a leader of the magazine, and in the industry,” she says. “He has taken over all of the critical functions of the Publisher, including assuring the quality of the print and online publications on a tight budget, and building relationships with funders and partners and advertisers. POV is in great hands.”

POV Magazine, under the editorial direction of Marc Glassman, covers the art and business of documentary in print and online, which includes film, photography, and new media. It provides informed and engaged commentary that connects documentaries with the issues of today, in the form of essays, profiles of new films, filmmaker interviews, reviews and columns on current affairs and policy.

Pat Mullen began writing for POV as a freelance contributor in 2013 and joined the magazine in fall 2015 to expand POV’s digital presence. A graduate of Queen’s University and Carleton University (where he completed a Masters in Film Studies). Mullen is a member of the Toronto Film Critics Association and Online Film Critics Society, and has contributed to outlets such as Complex, Sharp, The Canadian Encyclopedia, Beatroute, and That Shelf.

“I am very excited for this new opportunity with POV,” says Mullen. “I thank the board of directors for its support and guidance during these years, as well as that of Marc Glassman, Judy Wolfe, and our art director Dave Donald. I look forward to upholding POV’s space as a forum for engaging conversations about documentary culture, and working with partners like the Documentary Organization of Canada, to ensure that documentaries can continue to reach new audiences through POV.”

POV Board Chair Karen Gordon states that Pat’s appointment was a unanimous decision of the Board. “Since the departure of Judy Wolfe, Pat has willingly taken on additional duties to replace her expertise in running the magazine, such as processing the critical grant applications, establishing and enforcing the publishing schedule, and building new business and marketing partnerships. We are delighted to formalize his role as publisher – it is a logical step. Pat is a valued and essential colleague for us.”

“I’m thrilled to welcome Pat as POV’s new publisher,” says POV’s veteran editor Marc Glassman. “Working with him is a great pleasure. Starting out as a writer, he’s become our online editor and designer, researcher, ad sales manager and performed many other functions when called upon to do so. He’s hard working and generous with a real understanding of documentary culture.”

POV was founded in 1990 by the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC), the country’s only nation-wide professional association for independent documentary filmmakers. In 2010, POV became separately incorporated. POV now exists as its own entity as a full-colour print magazine published twice annually with an established and engaged online presence at povmagazine.com. POV Magazine is a non-profit corporation led by a Board of Directors, the majority of which are members of the DOC, which remains a key partner.

POV welcomes story ideas from writers and filmmakers of all backgrounds. We encourage an inclusive and progressive environment and are always eager to spotlight new voices and perspectives.

POV is available in retailers through Magazines Canada, and in e-issues via Zinio, Magzter and Flipster. PDF subscriptions are available through POV directly. POV is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.