Three years ago, I had the privilege of taking the helm of one of the great television franchises: American Masters. Over the course of its 31-year history, this series has amassed an archive of 225+ documentaries about America’s artists and thinkers and doers that is unrivaled anywhere. This series has shone a bright light on […]
On this day in 1969 Mel Brooks took home the Oscar for Writing (Story and Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen) for The Producers at the 41st Academy Awards. In true Mel Brooks fashion, he gave an acceptance speech we wouldn’t soon forget, including thanking Gene Wilder over and over again. Also, in case that […]
Get to know some of America’s most iconic chefs through American Masters’ Chefs Flight: four documentaries on iconic chefs James Beard, Julia Child, Jacques Pépin, and Alice Waters. The films will be broadcasting throughout the month of May. American Masters – James Beard: America’s First Foodie Premieres Friday, May 19, 9-10 p.m. on PBS (check local […]
Loretta Lynn is turning 85 this year, and we wanted to celebrate her birthday by making Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl available for public streaming for the next two weeks and by revisiting some of her classics. Her unforgettable lyrics are some of our favorites in country music. Whether she was singing about her husband, the […]
Don Rickles, the comedian most known for his wit and mockery, passed away today at the age of 90. Interviewed in several American Masters documentaries to share his experiences working with Bob Newhart and Johnny Carson, Rickles brought with him an inimitable humor and point of view. His wisecracks were wisdom, and it was a high honor to be insulted by the great Don Rickles.
Go beyond the broadcast and join the American Masters community in person! Whether it’s a theatrical screening or a gallery showing, your favorite documentaries can come to life right in your neighborhood. Here are a few upcoming opportunities to join the conversation in April: Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story Sunday, Apr. 23 | 2 p.m. […]
Recently, at the National Black Writers Conference, several professors, writers and poets shared their thoughts on the literary giant, Dr. Maya Angelou, and on how she impacted their lives and work. Watch the video here. Maya Angelou may have been best known as a poet, but she was truly a Renaissance woman. Born April 4, […]
Susan Sarandon‘s production company, Reframed Pictures, American Masters and Submarine are partnering on a feature-length documentary film about 1940s screen siren Hedy Lamarr (November 9, 1914 – January 19, 2000).
The 2017 National Black Writers Conference will recognize the enduring legacy of poet Gwendolyn Brooks on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, NY. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr for updates and interviews from the event. Share your thoughts on Gwendolyn Brooks and other women in literature by using the hashtag #InspiringWomanPBS.
On this day in 1963, at only 30 years old, Patsy Cline was killed in a multiple-fatality plane crash after performing to a packed house in Kansas City, Kansas. In her short career, Cline re-defined femininity, developing a unique sense of style while cutting a fiercely independent path for herself. Despite growing up in poverty with […]