The Filmmakers: Lynn Novick
We Asked Lynn Novick
- What would your at-bat song be?
- "The Message" (Grandmaster Flash)
- What is your favorite stadium?
- Yankee Stadium (1923-2008)
- What do you think is the hardest position to play?
- What is your favorite ballpark snack?
- Cracker Jacks
- What position would you play?
- Left Bench
Lynn Novick has been making acclaimed documentary films about American history with Ken Burns for more than twenty years. Most recently she co-directed THE TENTH INNING, a two part, four hour update to the 18-1/2 hour series, Baseball, (1994). As producer of Baseball series – the most-watched series in the history of public television – Novick received an Emmy Award. THE TENTH INNING, written and produced by David McMahon, Novick and Burns, picks up where Baseball left off, covering the tumultuous history of the national pastime from the early 1990s to the present, including the devastating 1994 strike; the dominance of players from Latin America and Asia; the explosion in baseball's revenue; the New York Yankees' reemergence; the Red Sox' historic victory; the smashing of hallowed records; and the revelations about performance-enhancing drugs that threatened the integrity of the game itself.
In 2007, Novick co-directed and produced The War, an epic seven-part series that told the story of the Second World War through the personal accounts of nearly 40 men and women from four American towns. The series explored the most intimate human dimensions of the greatest cataclysm in history, demonstrating that in extraordinary times, there are no ordinary lives. The War received multiple Emmy nominations (as well as 3 Emmy awards) and the Television Critics' Association award for best news and information program of 2007.
In 1998, Novick co-directed and produced the two-part biographical documentary, Frank Lloyd Wright, (1998) for which she received a Peabody Award. The film was shown at the Sundance, Telluride, Edinburgh and Seattle Film Festivals.
In 2001, Novick produced the 10-part series, Jazz, which explores in detail the culture, politics and dreams that gave birth to jazz music and follows this most American of art forms from its origins in blues and ragtime through swing, bebop and fusion. Jazz was nominated for five Emmy Awards.
Novick and Burns are currently directing and producing Prohibition, a three part series on the rise, rule, and fall of the 18th Amendment, slated for broadcast in 2011.
Novick first worked with Burns as associate producer for post production on The Civil War. She previously served as researcher and associate producer for Bill Moyers on two PBS series: Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth and A World of Ideas with Bill Moyers. A graduate of Yale, she lives in New York City with her husband, Robert Smith, and their two children.