American Masters – Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft
Premieres nationwide Friday, May 26, 9-10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)
Peter L. Stein
Producer, Director and Co-Writer, American Masters – Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft
Peter L. Stein is a Peabody Award-winning documentary maker, based in San Francisco, who has produced nonfiction narratives for television, film, theater, museums and online. During 11 years at PBS station KQED, he created a wide range of documentaries and series for national public television, including the six-hour series Neighborhoods: The Hidden Cities of San Francisco, which garnered a Peabody Award for “The Castro,” which Peter wrote, produced and directed, and several regional Emmy Awards for “The Fillmore” (writer/producer) and “Chinatown” (executive producer). His many culinary productions, as producer and/or executive producer, have received three James Beard Awards (the so-called Oscars of the food world) and include
seven series of programs he produced with Jacques Pépin, beginning with the landmark premiere seasons of Today’s Gourmet. He is consulting senior producer for The Valley, an upcoming PBS series about the history of Silicon Valley (produced by Kikim Media). Stein is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard University and maintains an active career as a film festival programmer and public speaker. More at www.peterlstein.com.
Narrator, American Masters – Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft
Academy Award nominee Stanley Tucci has appeared in over 90 films and countless television shows. He has performed in more than a dozen plays, on and off Broadway, and has been behind the camera working as a writer, director and producer.
Tucci reached his widest audience yet in the role of Caesar Flickerman in The Hunger Games franchise. This past February Tucci debuted Final Portrait at the Berlin International Film Festival. The actor also stars in Bill Condon’s Beauty and the Beast. Tucci brings a new character – Cadenza, a grand piano and neurotic maestro – to the classic.
Tucci can be seen in the FX’s anthology television series Feud, which centers on the rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. He will also appear in Transformers: The Last Knight; Patient Zero; Submission; and The Children Act. He also lent his voice to the comedy Show Dogs.
Lauded for his work in all mediums, Tucci was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award, SAG Award and received a Broadcast Film Critics nomination for his performance in Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones. He also won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his starring role as fast-talking tabloid tattler Walter Winchell in the Paul Mazurksy-directed TV movie Winchell. He received another Golden Globe for his brilliant portrayal of Lt. Colonel Adolf Eichmann in HBO’s Conspiracy.
Tucci is also a writer, director and producer. Big Night, Tucci’s first effort as co-director, co-screenwriter and actor on the same film, earned him numerous accolades, including the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival, Recognition of Excellence by the National Board of Review, an Independent Spirit Award, The Critics’ Prize at the 1996 Deauville Film Festival, and honors from the New York Film Critics and the Boston Society of Film Critics.
Tucci’s additional film credits in front of the camera include Spotlight, A Little Chaos, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Wild Card, Muppets Most Wanted, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Some Velvet Morning, The Fifth Estate, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, The Company You Keep, Jack the Giant Slayer, Captain America: The First Avenger, Margin Call, Burlesque, Easy A, Julie & Julia, The Tale of Despereaux, Kit Kitteredge: An American Girl, Swing Vote, What Just Happened, The Devil Wears Prada, Shall We Dance, The Terminal, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Spin, Road to Perdition, America’s Sweethearts, Sidewalks of New York, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Alarmist, Deconstructing Harry, The Daytrippers, Big Trouble, A Life Less Ordinary, Kiss of Death, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, It Could Happen to You, The Pelican Brief, Prelude to A Kiss, In the Soup, Billy Bathgate and Slaves of New York.
Tucci’s work on television includes BoJack Horseman, Metropolis, Fortitude, Bull, Equal Justice, Wiseguy, The Equalizer, thirtysomething and The Street. He also played Captain Hook in ITV’s two-hour drama Peter & Wendy. Tucci received Emmy nominations for his work in Murder One and ER, and an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for Monk.
Tucci is also the author of two cookbooks–The Tucci Cookbook, which appeared on the New York Times Best Sellers List, and The Tucci Table: Cooking with Family and Friends.
Although Tucci currently resides in London, he continues to serve on the Board of Directors of The Food Bank for New York City.
American Masters Series Executive Producer
For more than two decades, award-winning filmmaker Michael Kantor has created outstanding arts programs for television. He joined American Masters as the series’ executive producer in April 2014 during its 28th season on PBS, and founded its theatrical imprint American Masters Pictures in January 2016. American Masters Pictures was represented by three films at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival: Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise and Richard Linklater – dream is destiny.
Prior to joining American Masters, his PBS documentary series Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle (2013), hosted by Liev Schreiber, was nominated for an Emmy Award. Random House published the companion book. Kantor’s Peabody Award-winning film Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy (2013) aired as part of the Great Performances series on PBS. Narrated by Joel Grey, it included performances by Matthew Broderick, Kelli O’Hara, David Hyde Pierce, Marc Shaiman and many other Broadway talents. In 2012, Kantor produced The Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theater with Michael Tilson Thomas, which aired on PBS and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy. Kantor served as executive producer of the special Give Me the Banjo, hosted by Steve Martin, and created Make ’Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America (2009), the critically acclaimed six-part documentary series hosted by Billy Crystal. His script for episode four, When I’m Bad, I’m Better: The Groundbreakers, co-authored with Laurence Maslon, was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. His landmark six-part series Broadway: The American Musical was hosted by Julie Andrews and honored with the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Nonfiction Series in 2005. That same year, he created three hours of DVD extras for 20th Century Fox’s 40th anniversary release of The Sound of Music.
Kantor wrote, directed and produced the award-winning profile American Masters: Quincy Jones: In the Pocket. With Stephen Ives, he co-directed Cornerstone: An Interstate Adventure for HBO, and produced The West (executive producer Ken Burns). His 20 years of work in documentaries include projects as varied as EGG: the arts show, Coney Island, The Donner Party, Margaret Sanger and Ric Burns’ New York series. As a writer, Kantor created Lullaby of Broadway: Opening Night on 42nd Street, co-authored the companion books to Broadway (Bulfinch) and Make ’Em Laugh (Grand Central Publishing) and has published numerous essays and articles. He is president of Almo Inc., a company that distributes the American Film Theatre series, which includes Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance (starring Katharine Hepburn), Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh (Lee Marvin) and Chekhov’s Three Sisters (Laurence Olivier) among its titles. Kantor has served as a Tony nominator and taught documentary filmmaking at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and lives in Scarsdale, New York.