Netsanet Negussie is a producer at ABC News Studios producing documentary features, series, and other special projects.
Netsanet Negussie is a Brooklyn-based producer of documentaries, shorts, and branded content. She is producer of a forthcoming documentary feature film with Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated director Yance Ford and produced by Multitude Films. The film is slated to premiere in 2023.
She also produced Homefront, an episode of Sesame Workshop’s NAACP Image Award-nominated documentary series Through Our Eyes, that follows three children of veteran families as they cope with the emotional impact of having a wounded parent (2021, HBO Max). The film also had a special screening at the White House in 2021 as part of First Lady Dr. Jill Biden’s launch of the Hidden Helpers Coalition to advocate for children and military veteran families. Homefront is a 2023 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards Finalist.
In 2020, Netsanet produced I Am Not Going to Change 400 Years in Four (ITVS/Independent Lens) helmed by Emmy Award-winning directors Angela Tucker and Kristi Jacobson. Produced by Chicken & Egg Pictures Docs by the Dozen in partnership with Mother Jones, the short documentary takes a critical look into the role of reform-minded district attorney Satana Deberry and her efforts to curb gun violence in Durham, North Carolina.
Netsanet was previously at POV on PBS, Chicken & Egg Pictures, and worked in fundraising at celebrated off-broadway company New York Theatre Workshop. She also served as an AmeriCorps affordable housing community organizer in greater Minnesota, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. In 2018, Netsanet co-produced the Smithsonian Folklife Music Festival with Grammy Award-winning producer-scholar-activist Dr. Amy Horowitz. The concert was helmed by Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon of Sweet Honey in the Rock and Toshi Reagon, to name a few fabulous acts.
Netsanet earned her bachelors of science degree in neuroscience with a minor in philosophy from a small liberal arts school in her native state of Minnesota. Inches away from matriculating to medical school in her home state, she took a few years off to do community work. From her direct experience as an organizer mobilizing tenant associations across state lines to preserve section 8 housing, Netsanet realized the power of story to create meaningful, sustainable change. To pursue a vibrant career in film as producer, with hopes to become an executive producer, Netsanet moved to New York City in 2016. She earned her master of arts degree in journalism from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and is also a German Fulbright Scholar in the commission’s Professional Journalism Program.
Netsanet is a proud daughter of Horn of African/Northeast African immigrants and loves to go on long runs, strength train, hike, and snowboard.