betsy steinberg

As Executive Director of Kartemquin Films, Betsy oversees daily operations including development, staff management, and financial strategy while serving as executive producer on all Kartemquin Films.

Prior to joining Kartemquin, Steinberg spent eight years as managing director of the Illinois Film Office where she spearheaded Illinois’ transformation into a world-class film destination. She oversaw a 20% increase in minority hiring through the country’s only legislated diversity initiative in the film industry. She was instrumental in the passage of the Illinois film tax credit and implemented an overall business development strategy resulting in over $1 billion in direct economic impact. 

Steinberg served as vice president of business development for Towers Productions developing and pitching documentary specials and series for networks such as A&E, History, Discovery and National Geographic. She also supervised, produced and directed documentary specials and series including Emmy nominated Isaac's Storm and The Times Capsule, a co-production with the New York Times and History Channel. In total, she developed, supervised and produced over 40 hours of non-fiction programming.