Ilse Fernandez has produced and directed over 200 hours of non-fiction docu-series and reality shows for networks including ABC, NBC, VICE, MTV, Netflix, Univision, Discovery Channel, A&E, National Geographic, History Channel, and TLC.
Most notably, she worked as a Director and Field Producer on five seasons of the A&E series “Intervention”, including the 2009 "Outstanding Reality Program" Emmy Award winning season. In 2010, the "Rachel” episode she directed about a homeless NYC street junkie whose boyfriend is unexpectedly imprisoned was nominated for both an Emmy and Producer’s Guild Award.
Currently, Ilse works as an Executive Producer and Director overseeing documentary series that have her signature visual style fused with the highest journalistic integrity and storytelling. She was the Showrunner on Viceland’s cutting edge 8-part documentary series called “Cyberwar,” that investigates geopolitical digital landscape from NSA whistleblowers to hackers like Anonymous. Most recently, she both directed and executive produced Spotify’s first documentary series about locations pivotal in music history called “Music Happens Here” that won 3 Clio awards.
Ilse has always been a pioneer and early adaptor who enjoys being ahead of the curve. She began her career as an Interactive Producer creating the first ever websites for MCI, New Balance, and Volvo then went on to be the Director of Marketing for MTV Online helping oversee the debut of their first online/on-air voting show “TRL”. She moved into Development at the infancy of reality television creating series like “Say Yes to the Dress” and “Pros and Cons” for TLC. When MTV launched their very first ever web-only series, she produced and directed their programming including shows like the “VMA Bling Report” about jewelry trends and “The G-hole” about the gamer community. When MTV Tr3s debuted the channel, she oversaw their very first four television series that shaped the direction of the network. Still continuing to break new ground, in 2016 she helped produce the first-ever International competition reality series for Netflix called “Ultimate Beastmaster” that was shot simultaneously in 6 languages and in 6 regional formats changing how TV global content could be created.
Her passion has always been to help others, which is why she strives to work on meaningful and provocative programs like ABC’s “Secret Millionaire” that encouraged volunteer work and Target’s “Dream in Color” campaign that promoted visionary minorities. Outside of work, Ilse is on the Board of Directors of “Colombia Progresa”, a non-profit she helped create that raises funds for scholarships and educational programs in underserved communities in her birth country Colombia. She is an active member of the Producers Guild, the Academy of TV Arts & Sciences, and NALIP.