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 […]
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.
In honor of Women's History Month, American Masters revisits women in its documentary archive.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
American Masters’ winning entrant for this category is Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About, directed and produced by six-time Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Judy Kinberg, written by best-selling Robbins biographer Amanda Vaill, and narrated by Ron Rifkin.
I wanted to make real films about incredibly fascinating people who were complex and had struggled a great deal because, of course, it’s never easy to be a pioneer. It was important to me to tell their stories clearly, using original research, in the historical, political and social context of their time. So, it did actually become much more than a biography series or an […]