Susan Lacy, creator and executive producer of PBS‘ American Masters series, has signed a multi-year deal to produce and direct documentaries for HBO. PBS said today it plans to continue the docu series Lacy created in 1986. She has produced a library of more than 190 titles in that stretch, exploring the lives and creative journeys of American writers, musicians, artists, filmmakers and actors. It just landed its latest Emmy nomination for its most recent profile Inventing David Geffen. “It’s exciting to have someone as talented as Susan Lacy bring fresh ideas to HBO,” said HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins in a release today announcing the hire. “I’ve long admired her film portraits, which have been consistently stellar over the years. We look forward to great things from her.” Lacy is longtime PBS veteran, first with key roles in Great Performances and American Playhouse, and she later left to serve as head of the East Coast office of Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute. She rejoined NY pubcaster WNET in 1986 to launch American Masters, which has won a total of 14 Emmys in 67 nominations, 12 Peabody Awards, three Grammys, and a pair of Producers Guild Awards. The 200th film in the series, Shane Salerno’s biography of JD Salinger, is in theatrical release and slated to air early in 2014. “Susan has put her heart and soul into American Masters and has created an archive of films that is truly a national treasure,” said Neal Shapiro, president and CEO of WNET. “She is an original, and replacing her will not be easy. She leaves here with our gratitude and best wishes for more filmmaking success.”
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