Lynn Novick is an American director and producer of documentary films, widely known for her work with Ken Burns.

Lynn Novick
Novick in 2016
Born1962 (age 61–62)
Occupation(s)Director, producer
Years active1997–present

Early life edit

Novick was born in 1962, raised in New York City, and graduated from Horace Mann School in 1979.[1] She graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with honors in American Studies.[2]

Career edit

Novick was a research assistant at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History before beginning her film career as a production assistant at WNET, a public television station in Manhattan. She then worked on Bill Moyers' projects Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth and A World of Ideas with Bill Moyers before moving to Florentine Films in 1989 to work on Burns's 1990 series, The Civil War, as associate producer for post production.

In 1994, she produced Burns's nine-part series, Baseball, (1994) for which she received an Emmy Award. In 1998, she was director and producer (with Burns) of two-part biographical documentary, Frank Lloyd Wright, for which she received a Peabody Award. In 2001, Novick produced Burns’ 10-part series, Jazz.[2]

Among her more recent collaborations with Burns have been The War (2007), Baseball: The Tenth Inning (2010), and Prohibition (2011).[3] Her next collaboration was an 18-hour documentary film series, The Vietnam War, with Burns and Geoffrey Ward, which aired in September 2017.[4] In 2019, her four-part series College Behind Bars, was broadcast on PBS.[5]

On April 5, 2021, a three-episode, six-hour documentary, a recapitulation of Ernest Hemingway's life, labors, and loves, debuted on the Public Broadcasting System, co-produced and directed by Burns and Novick.[6]

In April, 2021, it was announced that Novick would be joining Meadowlark Media as a creative advisor.

References edit

  1. ^ "Distinguished Achievement Award - Horace Mann School". Retrieved 2020-01-22.
  2. ^ a b "Lynn Novick - Ken Burns". Ken Burns. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  3. ^ Florentine Films Prohibition
  4. ^ Elizabeth Jensen (23 September 2011). "A Steady Presence Out of the Limelight". The New York Times.
  5. ^ "College Behind Bars". The Better Angels Society. The Better Angels Society. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  6. ^ What to Watch on Monday: The start of Ken Burns’ ‘Hemingway’ documentary, News & Observer, Brooke Cain, April 5, 2021. Retrieved April 8, 2021.