AMERICAN MASTERS Creator Susan Lacy Signs Multi-Year Deal With HBO
Susan Lacy, creator and executive producer of the acclaimed WNET series "American Masters," shown on PBS nationwide, has signed a multi-year deal to produce and direct documentaries for HBO, it was announced today by Sheila Nevins, president, HBO Documentary Films.
Widely heralded as the best biography series on American television, "American Masters" was created by Lacy in 1986. The series has produced an exceptional library of more than 190 titles in its 27-year history, bringing unique originality and perspective to exploring the lives and illuminating the creative journeys of America's most enduring writers, musicians, visual and performing artists, filmmakers and dramatists - those who have left an indelible impression on our cultural landscape. Represented by the documentary "Inventing David Geffen" (which was directed, written and produced by Lacy), "American Masters" just received its ninth Primetime Emmy(R) for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series.
"It's exciting to have someone as talented as Susan Lacy bring fresh ideas to HBO," said Nevins. "I've long admired her film portraits, which have been consistently stellar over the years. We look forward to great things from her."
"It has been my honor to be part of the PBS and WNET family for so many years, and to have had the opportunity to amass a body of work which I hope demonstrates the depth of our unique cultural history and the value of quality documentaries in contributing to understanding our world," commented Lacy. "I have had the great privilege of working with some of the most talented filmmakers in the field, as well as the extraordinary individuals who have allowed us to tell their stories. I am now thrilled to become part of the HBO family. To work with the amazing Sheila Nevins and her team is the dream of most documentary filmmakers, and to be able to focus solely on producing and directing documentary films at a place which is creating some of the best television in history is an opportunity I couldn't resist."