American Masters Wins Two 2014 Emmys, Including Best Documentary Series

For the 10th time and in the year of its 200th episode, American Masters has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary Series. The representative film for this 2014 Emmy Award is Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love. American Masters also won an Emmy for Outstanding Sound Mixing For Nonfiction Programming for Jimi Hendrix - Hear My Train A Comin'.

Maya Angelou: “Still I Rise”

On the occasion of Maya Angelou's memorial, the makers of American Masters: Maya Angelou (w.t.) share one of their favorite poems by Angelou, “Still I Rise.”

In Memoriam: Maya Angelou

At the time of Maya Angelou’s death, she was participating in the first feature documentary about her life for the American Masters series, Maya Angelou: The People’s Poet. Co-directors/producers Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack last interviewed Dr. Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) this past January and production on the film continues. We look forward to her taking her rightful place in […]

Introducing Michael Kantor, Executive Producer of American Masters

A long-time producer and filmmaker for PBS who has also worked on programs for HBO and other cable networks, Kantor has created a number of award-winning programs with WNET. Kantor’s six-part series Broadway: The American Musical was hosted by Julie Andrews and won the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series.

American Masters Who Shaped Black History

In honor of Black History Month, American Masters looks at some of its artists and advocates who shaped America's culture, changed the course of history, and took a stand in the Civil Rights Movement to create a lawful and just society for all.

American Masters Wins Two 2013 Emmys, Including Best Documentary Series

American Masters brought home two trophies from the 2013 Creative Arts Emmys. The show won top honors for best documentary or nonfiction series. Robert Trachtenberg also won Nonfiction honors in directing for Mel Brooks: Make a Noise. Watch Trachtenberg’s Mel Brooks: Make a Noise along with the rest of the award winning season from American […]

American Masters in the 1990s

In the 1990s, American Masters earned many major awards, including three Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award and Academy Award nominations for three films. American Masters series creator Susan Lacy traveled to China to film Paul Simon on tour, and the American Masters film Johnny Carson: King of Late Night reached 12 million viewers.

American Masters: Year One

A look back: American Masters, the most successful biographical series of all time began in 1986 as the vision of Creator and Executive Producer Susan Lacy and with an unprecedented look at the life and work of Charlie Chaplin, as well as an observational profile of Martin Scorsese at work.

American Masters 2013-2014 Season

A pioneer of Rock 'n Roll; the authors of Little Women and Gone With the Wind, and To Kill a Mockingbird; an American folk music hero; legends of comedy and more: all coming up in 2013-2014 on American Masters.