American Masters (2013 Season) – Philip Roth: Unmasked

Production Biographies

Air date: 03/29/2013

American Masters

Philip Roth: Unmasked

Premieres nationwide Friday, March 29 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on PBS (check local listings)


Production Biographies


Livia Manera

Writer and Director

Livia Manera is an Italian literary journalist specializing in Anglo-American literature, now based in Paris, France. Since 2000, she has been writing for the literary pages of the leading national Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera. After studying literature at the University of Milan, Manera worked for the national newspapers La Repubblica and La Stampa, and for the newsmagazines Liberal and L’Espresso. Livia also served as the head of the publicity office for the publishing house Einaudi, and as a literary scout for Rizzoli Publishing. Additionally, she translated the work of American writer and poet Raymond Carver into Italian for the Italian publishing company Garzanti.


Over the course of her career, Livia has interviewed numerous British and American authors, including John Updike, David Foster Wallace, Kurt Vonnegut, Jonathan Franzen, Ian McEwan, Richard Ford, Nicole Krauss, and Philip Roth.


William Karel

Writer and Director


William Karel is an Emmy Award-winning French film director and author known for historical and political documentaries that deal with controversial 20th century topics, including World War II and the Israeli-Arab conflict. He started his film career in the late 1980s.


Following his film The Men of the White House about American presidents during crisis periods, Karel explored the secrets of intelligence services in CIA: Secret Wars. His more recent films, The Great Depression, The World According to Bush, Who Killed Maggie, Looking for Nicolas Sarkozy, and Barack Obama: Great Expectations, present an acute vision of politics.


Refusing to stick to a single genre, Karel also directed Dark Side of the Moon (2002), which some classify as a mockumentary. In his film The Empire State Building Murders, he combined clips from film noir and recent interviews with actors to tell a narrative story.  Karel also writes for feature films.



Fabienne Servan Schreiber and Lucie Pastor for Cinétévé



Cinétévé is an independent production company that has been active for more than 30 years. Fabienne Servan Schreiber, owner and president of Cinétévé, founded the company in 1982 and has produced more than 700 hours of TV programs and feature films. Lucie Pastor is in charge of historical, cultural and current affairs content in the Cinétévé documentary department.  Pastor joined Cinétévé 15 years ago.


Cinétévé has five mains areas of activity, producing: factual documentaries on social, political, cultural or educational topics; live recordings of performing arts; TV, including primetime dramas and one-hour format series for leading French channels; feature films, both documentary and fiction, for theatrical distribution; and new media. The diversity and the quality of Cinétévé’s programs enabled the company to build a strong foothold in its domestic market.

Cinétévé’s programs have extensive international reach through an active network of production partners in Canada, the United States, South America, Spain, England, Germany, Holland, and Italy. Cinétévé also has an international department that focuses on developing strong international English-language co-productions.

Cinétévé also produces new media projects with an experienced core digital team that excels at innovative storytelling and engaging new audiences and web users.


Among Cinétévé’s most recent international documentary productions: Buddha’s Lost Children, which earned many awards including the Newport Beach Jury Prize, Global Insight Award at Jackson Hole, and the Grand Jury Prize at AFI Los Angeles; Marie Antoinette, which aired on PBS in the U.S.; Mike Brant Let Me Love You; Masters and Slaves, which was selected for more than 30 internationals films festivals and won Best Documentary Television, Long Form at the San Francisco International Film Festival; Riker’s High, which earned the award for Best Documentary at Tribeca Film Festival; Jungle Magic; the Grammy-nominated Calle 54, distributed by Miramax; and Lumière & Company, which in a tribute to the Lumière brothers, brought together 40 of the world’s leading directors — David Lynch, Spike Lee, Jerry Schatzberg, James Ivory, Mickael Haneke, and many others — and played at more than 50 festivals.



Susan Lacy

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 consistently recognized by television critics as “the best biographical series ever to appear on American television.”


In addition to her executive producing role, Lacy is an award-winning filmmaker. Her 2004 Judy Garland: By Myself earned her 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 films LENNONYC, a film exploring John Lennon’s life in New York City, No Direction Home: Bob Dylan and 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 for American Masters. She produced, wrote and directed Inventing David Geffen, which premiered November 2012 on PBS and is available now on DVD and Blu-ray via PBS Distribution.


Under her leadership, American Masters received 24 Primetime Emmy Awards: eight for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series since 1999, five for Outstanding Nonfiction Special, and 11 in various craft categories, with 40 additional nominations. In its 27-year history, the series has received 24 nominations for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series and Outstanding Non-Fiction Special combined. American Masters received the 2013 and 2012 Producers Guild of America (PGA) Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television, the 2012 IDA Award for Best Continuing Series, and 12 Peabody Awards for John Hammond: From Bessie Smith to Bruce Springsteen, Unknown Chaplin, Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow, Paul Simon: Born at the Right Time, Alexander Calder, F. Scott Fitzgerald: Winter Dreams, No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film, Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About, LENNONYC, A Letter to Elia, and Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter. The series also received Grammy Awards for Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart, No Direction Home: Bob Dylan and When You’re Strange: A Film About The Doors, an Academy Award and four nominations.


Lacy’s career in public television began in 1979, as deputy director of performance programs at Thirteen/WNET New York. She was senior program executive for Great Performances and worked as director of program development with The American Playhouse, where she was a founding member. Lacy then ran the East Coast office of Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute from 1984 to 1987. She was a consulting producer at Time-Life Video during the launch of Time-Warner’s new initiatives in long-form documentary production. Lacy also led programs at both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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. She currently serves on the board of the Film Forum in New York City. She served on the board of governors of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for two terms and was a trustee of the Independent Documentary Association. Lacy is a member of the Directors Guild of America, the Writers Guild of America, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Independent Features Project and New York Women in Film & Television.


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. She was a Graduate Teaching Fellow, a Smithsonian Fellow and completed a residency at the American Academy in Rome. In 1994 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Long Island University, and in 1996 she was named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year at Mary Washington College, the women’s college of the University of Virginia.