Jess Search is Chief Executive of Doc Society, a non-profit foundation which has given funding and support to over 60 award winning British documentaries including Afghan Star, Moving to Mars, We Are Together and The Yes Men Fix the World and this year's Oscar nominee Hell and Back Again. The Foundation is well known for backing films with a social change agenda such as Chosen, which led to a parliamentary review of child safeguarding in private schools and The End of the Line, which sparked a major campaign against over-fishing. In partnership with the Sundance Institute the Foundation created and runs The Good Pitch which partners filmmakers with NGOs, foundations and brands. In 2010 the Good Pitch gathered over 500 participating organizations at events in New York, Washington, San Francisco and London. Doc Society also runs the new annual PUMA. Creative Impact Award of 50,000 Euros for the documentary film which creates the most significant social impact.
Previously Jess was a Channel 4 commissioning editor for 5 years. She has an MBA at Cass Business School and is on the board of the progressive think tank IPPR. She is still involved in Shooting People, the online social network for filmmakers with 38,000 members that she co-founded in 1998.