American Masters Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love
Premieres nationally Friday, December 27 at 9 p.m. on PBS
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Director, Producer, Writer
Dori Berinstein is a four-time Tony-winning Broadway producer and an award-winning director, producer and writer of film and television. Berinstein’s award-winning films include ShowBusiness: The Road To Broadway, chronicling the behind-the-curtain passion, exhilaration, drama, sweat, and high-stakes creative and financial risks of four new Broadway musicals; Carol Channing: Larger Than Life, revealing the magic and vivacity of the 90-year-old icon – both onstage and off – past and present; Gotta Dance, capturing the adventures of the first-ever senior citizen hip-hop dance team for the New Jersey Nets basketball team from auditions to center court stardom; and Some Assembly Required, chronicling six teams of determined teenagers as they navigate ‘the game of life’ on their quest to win the national toy invention crown.
Berinstein’s 12 Broadway productions include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Tony Award – Best Revival); Legally Blonde: The Musical (Olivier Award – Best Musical); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony Award – Best Musical); The Crucible (Tony nomination); One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Tony Award – Best Revival); Fool Moon (Tony Award – Special Live Theatrical Presentation); Flower Drum Song (Tony nomination); Enchanted April (Tony nomination); Big (Drama Desk Award – Best Musical) and Golden Child (Tony nomination). Berinstein recently received the Robert Whitehead award for ‘outstanding achievement in commercial theatre producing.’
Co-founder of Camp Broadway, an immersive behind-the-scenes Theatre Camp for kids, Berinstein is committed to instilling a life-long love for the arts in children.
Berinstein executive produced and/or supervised more than 50 feature, special f/x and animated productions, including Isaac Mizrahi’s award-winning documentary Unzipped, Dirty Dancing (both the feature & TV series) and Jim Henson’s MuppetVision 3-D. She has executive produced websites for Oprah and President Clinton. She has also served as a producer and/or executive for DreamWorks Theatricals, Paramount Pictures, Warner Brothers, Sony Pictures, NBC, MTV, Sesame Workshop, Oxygen Media, Vestron Pictures and Walt Disney Imagineering.
Berinstein began her professional career as an investment banker in mergers & acquisitions for Morgan Stanley.
Director of Photography
Alan Sterling Deutsch attended New Mexico State University and received his B.A. in Journalism (Television Production/Cinematography) in 1984. His documentary shooting career began in 1991 when he lensed The Homefront with Bill Moyers for PBS, winning a Dupont Gold Baton Award. Since then he’s traveled extensively, shooting films in Israel, Morocco, Armenia, Venezuela, Peru, Mexico, Africa, Norway, Soviet Georgia, India, Thailand, Japan and Europe, as well as the U.S. His many clients in film, television and commercials include Disney, ABC, PBS, HBO, National Geographic, MTV, Discovery, TLC, MSNBC, VH-1, Nickelodeon, FOX, Showtime, CNBC, Oxygen Media and many others. In 1998 he produced and shot two episodes of the hit documentary series Trauma: Life in the E.R. His “Growing Pains” episode was the highest-rated show ever broadcast on TLC at the time. In 1999-2000, Alan produced and shot a one-hour documentary “Test Pilots: Daring and Dangerous” for the popular series On the Inside for The Discovery Channel. He received a national Emmy Award for his camerawork on Pam Yates’ one-hour TV documentary Loss Of Innocence. Alan also received an Emmy nomination for his lighting work on Talking Sex for HBO. In 2002, Alan shot Lucas Platt’s WTC documentary 110 Stories which was nominated for a 2003 National News/Documentary Emmy Award.
His feature work includes The Kitchen Push, winner of the 1998 New York Film and Video Festival- Best First Feature. He is also credited with additional cinematography on Mark Levin’s SLAM, the winner of the Sundance Film Festival and the Comme d’Or at Cannes, and Levin’s race/religion/ love story Brooklyn/Babylon. In 2004, he shot Dori Berinstein’s ShowBusiness: The Road To Broadway. In 2007, Alan shot Morgan Spurlock’s What Would Jesus Buy? In 2009, Alan started series producing/directing the hit reality series Dog: The Bounty Hunter. He’s presently the executive producer of Dog’s new hit CMT show Dog & Beth On The Hunt.
Director of Photography
Jimmy ODonnell is a member of The International Cinematographers Guild, earning two Emmy Awards and numerous nominations over a 30-year career as a professional director of photography in film & television production.
Over the course of his distinguished tenure, the scope of Jimmy’s work has taken him all over the world shooting countless, diverse and wide-ranging projects, from well-known award-winning TV shows such as Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow, Great Performances and Behind the Music to dozens of documentaries that span a wide variety of genres, directed and produced by some of the industry’s most talented people.
In the last five years alone, Jimmy has shot over six feature-length documentaries, each enjoying high critical acclaim. Some of these works include: Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love for the American Masters series, Never Stand Still (Jacobs Pillow) for Great Performances, Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story (30-city theatrical run), Money & Medicine for Need to Know, and Wish Me Away: Chely Wright Story (Showtime). For more information and a full credits list please visit: www.odopro.com.
Penelope Falk is best known for her work on Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, which won her an Excellence in Editing award at the Sundance Film Festival. Her other credits include A Letter Without Words (premiered Sundance Film Festival), Bombay Eunuch (winner of the New York Gay and Lesbian Film Festival), Stagedoor (debuted at the New York Film Forum), Toots, (premiered Tribeca Film Festival), Smile Til It Hurts (premiered Slamdance Festival), The New Public (premiered Hamptons Film Festival) and Maidentrip (winner of the SXSW Audience Award). Falk’s TV film credits include Afghan Stories (Sundance Channel), Uncle Sam Wants You (A&E), Escuela (PBS), Election Day (PBS) and Unfinished Country (PBS).
Music Adaptation & Arrangements
Tony and Drama Desk-nominated composer of the Broadway musicals Elf and The Wedding Singer, Matthew Sklar’s other works include The Rhythm Club, Judas & Me and Wicked City. He is a recipient of the ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award, the Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Musical Theatre Award, and the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award. In addition to his work as a composer, Matthew has been a pianist, conductor and/or arranger for more than a dozen Broadway productions including Caroline, or Change; Nine; Shrek; 42nd Street; Titanic; Miss Saigon and Les Misérables.
Brian Oakes designed the graphic visuals for the film Wordplay, the 2006 documentary about New York Times puzzle master Will Shortz and his annual crossword puzzle tournament. The success of Wordplay launched Brian into the world of film, television and events. He has designed motion graphics and animations for such films as Inequality for All, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, MAKERS, Finding Your Roots, I.O.U.S.A., Freakonomics, Bobby Fischer Against The World, and three American Masters films: Inventing David Geffen (the representative film for the series’ Emmy Award-winning 26th season), LENNONYC (the representative film for the series’ Emmy Award-winning 24th season and Peabody Award-winner), and Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter (Peabody Award-winner).
Today, OAKES is a boutique design agency that creates unique visual solutions for film, television, interactive, and environmental spaces. With the primary focus of design first, this band of directors and artists collaborate with their clients to create visual solutions big and small, east coast to west coast. Located in Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood, OAKES works with a variety of clients which include HBO, Comedy Central, PBS, Viacom, The Robin Hood Foundation, IFC, Weinstein Company, Busboy Productions, Nickelodeon, and Pfizer.
Brian Oakes received his BFA in Communications Design from Syracuse University. He lives in Brooklyn, New York and has two children, Auden and Marigold.
Andrew Herwitz is president of The Film Sales Company, the New York-based sales agent/financier. The company specializes in devising unique strategies for sales and distributions for each of its films for both domestic and international markets. Recent completed fiction films sold and/or financed include Lee Daniels’ The Butler; Randy Miller’s CBGB: The Movie and Waitress. Among the more notable documentary films the company has financed and/or sold are Marvin Hamlish: What He Did For Love; Let The Fire Burn, Room 237, The Bones Brigade: An Autobiography, The Crash Reel, War Dance (Academy Award nominee), Iraq in Fragments (Academy Award nominee), Born Into Brothels (Academy Award winner, Best Documentary), My Architect (Academy Award nominee) and Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11. Prior to establishing this company in 2002, Andrew worked at Miramax for six years where he served as head of the film acquisitions department. Before that he practiced entertainment law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison in New York City. Andrew is a graduate of Harvard College, Columbia Business School and Harvard Law School. Andrew lives in New York City with his wife and three children.
Cosmos Studios President and Executive Producer Mitchell Cannold brings 30 years experience as a senior executive, founding, operating and acquiring a wide range of media businesses at Sony Corporation, NBC News, CBS News, ABC Sports and The Walt Disney Company. As President of both Sony’s New Media Group and Sony New Technologies, he founded all of Sony’s Internet businesses, The Sony U.S. Design Center and Sony Gateway, the strategic marketing partnership team. He initiated partnerships between multiple Sony companies and The National Geographic Society and National Geographic Ventures, Discovery Networks, General Motors, Microsoft and VISA. Mr. Cannold launched the Sony Online Games groups, Location Based entertainment Center development, and the IMAX 3D film production and distribution businesses under Sony Classics.
A graduate of UCLA’s school of Film, Journalism and Television, Cannold was the then-youngest producer at NBC News, producing NBC News White Papers, Emmy and Dupont award-winning documentaries, coverage of all the Apollo flights to the moon, national political conventions and election night coverage. Thereafter, he became a senior producer at CBS News for On The Road and American Parade with Charles Kuralt and series with Bill Moyers, and was the senior broadcast producer of the CBS Morning News. Mitchell executive produced the first five non-fiction IMAX 3D films (1993-96) for the Global Museum Network, including Across The Sea of Time and Wings of Courage, as well as 20 independent feature films, including Dirty Dancing.
Along with astronaut Dr. Sally Ride, Mitchell was a founding executive and COO of Space.com, the first website devoted exclusively to space and science content. Mitchell led transactions to diversify the company including the acquisition of Space News from Gannet, Orion Telescopes and Starry Night, the preeminent astronomy software company. Most recently, under his Atlas Media Partners, a private equity partnership, Mitchell led successful transactions including the acquisition of Screenlife, makers of Scene-It, the # 1-selling board game, by Viacom/Paramount, and Weather Central by Sir Evelyn Rothschild. Mitchell is a trustee of The Eastman (Kodak) Museum and The Carl Sagan Foundation.
Series Creator and Executive Producer
Susan Lacy has been an award-winning originator of primetime public television programs since 1979. As the creator and executive producer of American Masters, she has been responsible for the production and national broadcast of more than 190 documentary films about our country’s artistic and cultural giants, those who have made an indelible impact on the American landscape. Now celebrating its 27th season on PBS, American Masters has garnered unprecedented awards and is recognized by television critics as “the best biographical series ever to appear on American television.”
Under Lacy’s leadership, American Masters has received 67 Emmy Award nominations and 26 wins, including nine for Outstanding Primetime Nonfiction Series, five for Outstanding Non-Fiction Special and the other 12 in various craft categories. The series received the 2012 and 2013 Producers Guild of America (PGA) Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television, the 2012 IDA Award for Best Continuing Series, 12 Peabody Awards, three Grammy Awards and an Academy Award.
In addition to her executive producing role, Lacy is an award-winning filmmaker. She recently produced, directed and wrote Inventing David Geffen, which premiered on public television in November 2012 to great critical acclaim. She produced LENNONYC, a film exploring John Lennon’s life in New York City; her Judy Garland: By Myself earned Lacy an Emmy Award for writing and an Emmy nomination for directing. She wrote, directed and produced Joni Mitchell: Woman of Heart and Mind (IDA nomination for Outstanding Documentary) and Leonard Bernstein: Reaching for the Note (Emmy Award and DGA nomination). She produced the Peabody Award-winning Paul Simon: Born at the Right Time, directed and produced Rod Serling: Submitted for Your Approval, and directed and produced Lena Horne: In Her Own Voice. All films were for American Masters.
Lacy was one of the select 2005 honorees at the Museum of Television & Radio’s “She Made It” event, which recognized 50 exceptional women who have created and informed the genre, and a 2008 Washington, DC, Women of Vision Awards recipient, honoring those in film and video who inspire and mentor. She was honored again in Washington, DC, in 2010 as the recipient of the Cine Golden Eagle Lifetime Achievement Award. Lacy holds a BA in American Studies from the University of Virginia, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and an MA in American Studies from George Washington University. Lacy grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and splits her time between Manhattan and Sag Harbor, New York.