About: Producers and Broadcast Partners

 

Laurie Block oversees program design and content development for all Straight Ahead Pictures projects. Her work has focused on how questions about who is fit and who is not in American society are shaped by historical factors. In addition to her film and radio work, she is the founder and director of The Disability History Museum, and a co-founder of the Disability History Archives Consortium a group of academic institutions and ngos working together to create online digital humanities resources about the cultural history of people with disabilities.

Michael Kantor (Co-Executive Producer) joined American Masters as the series' executive producer in 2014 during its 28th season on PBS. He founded its theatrical imprint American Masters Pictures in January 2016. An Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker, Kantor's PBS series include Broadway: The American Musical, Make ‘Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America, and Superheroes. He served as executive producer of Give Me the Banjo with Steve Martin and distributes the American Film Theater series. Kantor has co-authored three books, served as a Tony nominator and he's taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. 

Susan Lacy (Co-Executive Producer) is best known for creating American Masters, the acclaimed PBS biography series profiling artists and visionaries who have helped shape our country's culture. She served as the series Executive Producer for nearly 30 years, a period when it earned 71 Emmy nominations and 28 wins, in addition to 12 Peabody awards, 3 Grammy awards. Lacy directed multiple films for the series: Inventing David Geffen, Judy Garland: By Myself, Lena Horne: In Her Own Voice, Rod Serling to name a few, and also produced Paul Simon, Lennon NYC, and No Direction Home: Bob Dylan.  In 2013, Lacy moved from public television to independent filmmaking, formed Pentimento Productions, and is now focused on directing and producing, with films underway with HBO.

Dalton Delan (Co-Executive Producer) has been executive vice president and chief programming officer of WETA since 1998. He directs WETA’s national and local production departments, creating documentary, performance, cultural, news and public affairs programming, including high-definition television. His responsibilities also include overseeing station relations and syndication for WETA productions to the nearly 350 PBS stations across the country.

 

Straight Ahead Pictures (SAP) WWW.DISABILITYMUSEUM.ORG

A non-profit organization that creates innovative media projects and educational forums using history to foster community dialogue about contemporary social issues. Founded in 1989 by Laurie Block and her long-time partner, John Crowley, the organization has helped create more than 25 history documentary film projects, including two nominated for Academy Awards. Nearly all of SAP’s original work relates to the cultural history of the body, especially the disability experience. SAP is the sponsor of The Disability History Museum, a longstanding web based resource about the history of people with disabilities. In 2016 the site averaged 12,750 unique visitors monthly.

American Masters

Award-winning PBS biography series American Masters celebrates our nation's arts and culture. Created and launched in 1986 by Susan Lacy, the series set the standard for documentary film profiles accruing widespread critical acclaim: 28 Emmy awards, 12 Peabodys, an Oscar, three Grammys, two Producer Guild Awards and many other honors. The series is a production of THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET, and is also seen on the WORLD channel. To further explore the lives of masters past and present, the American Masters series website offers streaming video of select films, outtakes, filmmaker interviews, educational resources, and more. Michael Kantor is the series executive producer. 

WETA Washington, D.C.

WETA Washington DC is one of the largest producing stations of new content for Public Television in the United States. WETA productions and co-productions include PBS NewsHour, Washington Week, The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize, The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize, and documentaries by filmmaker Ken Burns and scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. WETA presentations include Martha Stewart's Cooking School, Patti's Mexican Table, Globe Trekker and more. Sharon Rockefeller is president and CEO. The WETA studios and administrative offices are located in Arlington, VA. More information can be found at www.weta.org

 

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SUPPORT

Northern Light Productions

Development Support, Bestor Cram, Anne Marie Stein, Susan Bellows. Northern Light Productions is committed to high-quality, nonfiction filmmaking, creating a wide variety of work for museums, educational institutions, and television broadcast.

Blueberry Hill Productions

Laurie Kahn, Consulting Producer BHP, is a Massachusetts-based producer of high quality media projects including The Popular Romance ProjectA Midwife's Tale, and Tupperware!