The Italian Americans

About The Series

John Maggio

Executive Producer, Producer/Director, Writer

Filmmaker John Maggio's work appears regularly on both of PBS's premier series: FRONTLINE and American Experience, including Kinsey, Billy the Kid, College Inc. and The Private Life of Bradley Manning. Maggio's films have been honored with the National Emmy Award, Writers Guild Award, an Independent Spirit Award nomination, as well as multiple News and Documentary Emmy Award nominations. His work has premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and has screened at festivals around the world. He recently completed the four-part PBS series The Italian Americans to air in 2015. He is currently writing and directing Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid for American Experience and Senior Producing the second season of Finding your Roots with host Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Muriel Soenens


Muriel Soenens is an award-winning documentary director and producer based in Brooklyn. Her work, spanning the past fifteen years, has focused primarily on contemporary social and cultural issues, as well as historical films. She has produced several films for PBS's FRONTLINE, including the Dupont-Columbia award and RFK Journalism Prize-winning Failure to Protect, as well as The Persuaders, A Hidden Life, and Pope John Paul II: The Millennial Pope. Earlier in her career she worked at PBS's AMERICAN MASTERS, where she made the biographical films Alfred Stieglitz and Richard Avedon. Between Frontline films, she produced Global Woman and Poverty for BILL MOYER'S NOW and directed AMC's Precinct Hollywood. Muriel most recently directed a two-hour special for PBS, Looking for Lincoln, and a four-hour series, The Italian Americans. She is currently in production on an episode of PBS's Finding Your Roots 2, with host Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Julia Marchesi 


Julia Marchesi is a film producer whose work has focused on themes of race, ethnicity, and American history. She was a co-producer on Henry Louis Gates's PBS series Faces of America and African American Lives 2 and produced an episode of Finding Your Roots. She was a producer on the independent, NEH-funded project, The Search for General Tso, a feature-length documentary exploring the phenomenon of Chinese food in America; the film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014. She also co-produced the independent film The City Dark, which premiered at the South by Southwest film festival in 2011. Julia is currently a producer of Soundbreaking, a 10-part series for PBS on the history of recorded music.

Gary Lionelli


Composer Gary Lionelli won Emmy awards for his scores to The Ghosts of Flatbush and Ted Williams, both for HBO. Recent work includes Rory Kennedy’s Last Days in Vietnam and HBO's Luck, helmed by Michael Mann and David Milch and starring Dustin Hoffman. Other highlights from Lionelli's past work include the films Pandora’s Promise, The Medallion, Least Among Saints, Billy the Kid, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst.