Public media broadcaster WNET has hired Michael Kantor (pictured) as executive producer for ‘American Masters’ following the departure of the PBS biography strand’s creator, Susan Lacy, last fall.
Kantor is a veteran producer and filmmaker who has worked with WNET and U.S. cable net HBO. His credits include the six-part series Broadway: The American Musical and Make ‘Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America.
He will take on the role effective April 30.
“We did a thoughtful and exhaustive search to find the right person for this position,” said Stephen Segaller, vice president of programming at WNET, in a statement, “and Michael has the talent and vision to continue the great legacy of ‘American Masters.’ He has a deep knowledge of American culture – as his many award-winning films have demonstrated – and the ability to get projects funded and filmed. We are pleased and fortunate to welcome him to WNET.”
Launched in 1986, ‘American Masters’ is now in its 28th season. The strand, which is produced by Thirteen Productions for WNET, has profiled an array of subjects including Paul Simon, Judy Garland, Lena Horne, John Lennon, Leonard Bernstein, and Joni Mitchell.
Lacy left ‘American Masters’ after 27 years to produce and direct biographical documentaries for HBO Documentary Films.