American Masters (2014 Season) – Salinger

Production Bios

Air date: 01/21/2014

American Masters Salinger

Premieres nationally Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 9-11:30 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) as the series’ Season 28 premiere and 200th episode


Shane Salerno

Director and Producer

In addition to producing and directing American Masters: Salinger, Shane Salerno co-authored the official biography of the film, Salinger (Simon & Schuster), with David Shields. The book was No. 1 on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list and debuted at No. 6 on The New York Times bestseller list. It received strong reviews and was named an Amazon Best Book of the Month and a Book-of-the-Month club selection. USA Today gave the book 3½ out of 4 stars and said the book was “eloquently written and exhaustively reported…Salinger is an unmitigated success.” Entertainment Weekly said, “The book feels as close as we’ll ever get to being inside Salinger’s head.”

Salerno is currently co-writing a sequel to Avatar with director James Cameron. Most recently he co-wrote and executive produced Savages, directed by Oliver Stone. Salerno’s screenwriting career is distinguished by the quality of directors who have chosen him to write their films, including Oscar-winners Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Ron Howard, William Friedkin and Oliver Stone and four-time Oscar-nominee Michael Mann. He is also currently writing and executive-producing the spy thriller Satori for Warner Bros., starring Leonardo DiCaprio; co-writing a crime drama with director Michael Mann; serving as the co-writer of James Cameron’s forthcoming reimagination of Fantastic Voyage for 20th Century Fox; producing and writing The Power of the Dog, an adaptation of the acclaimed Don Winslow novel, with Academy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated filmmakers Nikolaj Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg (A Royal Affair); and co-writing, with Steve Hamilton, an adaptation of his Edgar-winning novel The Lock Artist.

Salerno began his career straight out of high school as a writer-director apprentice to nine-time Emmy-winning director-producer Gregory Hoblit on NYPD Blue. He maintains a presence in television having served as a writer/producer on the new Hawaii Five-0 during its Golden Globe-nominated first season.

Salerno’s first screenplay credit, at the age of 24, was shared with Jonathan Hensleigh, J.J. Abrams and Tony Gilroy on the worldwide blockbuster Armageddon, directed by Michael Bay and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. He first made national news as an 18-year-old filmmaker when he directed Sundown: The Future of Children and Drugs, a documentary short that won awards, critical acclaim, and was honored in both houses of Congress.


Buddy Squires

Producer and Cinematographer

Buddy Squires is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker and an Emmy-winning director of photography. Squires photographed the 2012 Oscar-winning film Strangers No More. He is the cinematographer of Ethel, a biography of Ethel Kennedy that premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, was short-listed for the 2013 Academy Award and nominated for five Primetime Emmys including Cinematography. Squires also served as director of photography of The Central Park Five, which enjoyed an extensive theatrical run after screenings at Cannes, Toronto and Telluride in 2012 and premiered on PBS in 2013.

Squires’ cinematography credits include seven Oscar-nominated films, two Academy Award winners, 28 Emmy-nominated productions and 10 Emmy Award winners. He has 12 personal Emmy nominations and one Emmy Award. In 2007, Squires was honored with the International Documentary Association’s Outstanding Documentary Cinematography Award (career achievement). He has also received the Erik Barnouw Award, a Crystal Heart Award, a Christopher Award and a Golden Lens Award. His work is regularly featured at the Cannes, Sundance, Telluride and Tribeca Film Festivals.

Buddy Squires is best known for his work on theatrical documentaries and television specials, including The Civil War, Prohibition, The National Parks, The War, Masterclass, Into the Deep, Soundtrack for a Revolution, Stonewall Uprising, Jazz, New York, Nanking, Mark Twain, Crime & Punishment, Smashed, Baseball, Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, The Donner Party, Reporting America at War, Ansel Adams, Ram Dass: Fierce Grace, One Survivor Remembers, Amato, Frank Lloyd Wright, Soldiers Of Peace: A Children’s Crusade, Heart of a Child, Compassion in Exile: The 14th Dalai Lama, Chimps: So Like Us, The West, Scottsboro: An American Tragedy and Out of the Past.

His producing credits include Statue of Liberty (Oscar nomination with Ken Burns) and Coney Island (Sundance Film Festival). He is the director of Listening to Children (Emmy nomination) and the co-director of Fast Eddie, Seeking Justice, People’s Poetry, and War Files.


Squires is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and has served on the Executive Committee of the Academy’s Documentary Branch. He is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild.


Deborah Randall


Salinger is Deborah Randall’s second collaboration with Shane Salerno. She was the executive producer of Sundown: The Future of Children and Drugs, the highly acclaimed and award-winning anti-drug film created and directed by Salerno.

Randall grew up in New York and Southern California before graduating from The University of Mississippi with a degree in Communications and Theatre. She spent many years as an executive in the fashion industry and was director of merchandise at the Los Angeles Zoo before joining Salerno’s company The Story Factory as CFO.


Craig Fanning


Craig Fanning is an international producer and director, considered by his industry peers to be the world’s preeminent producer of music videos and commercials. Over his illustrious two-decade career, Fanning has been honored with over 135 MTV, BET, MVPA, Gold Lion and Grammy nominations for the music videos and commercials he has produced. 

Fanning was awarded a producer’s fellowship at the prestigious American Film Institute (AFI) and earned a MFA. While at AFI he produced, “An American Passage,” a hugely successful short film that went on to win every film festival it entered.


Jeffrey Doe

Co-producer, Editor and Associate Producer

Jeffrey Doe is a freelance professional editor with close to 20 years of experience editing a variety of feature documentaries, television shows, music videos and commercials. His work has earned critical acclaim and nominations from the AICE and MVPA for best editing. In 2002, he was also nominated for an Emmy for best multi-camera editing.

Some of Doe’s notable projects include the 2008 Grammy Award-winner for Best Music Documentary Runnin’ Down a Dream, directed by Peter Bogdanovich; Soundtrack for a Revolution, produced by Danny Glover and directed by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman, the team behind the critically acclaimed Nanking; and We Sold Our Souls for Rock ‘n Roll by legendary “rockumentary” director Penelope Spheeris.

Starting out his career editing commercials for Coke, Toyota and Jack in the Box, Doe later started editing numerous music videos for artist such as Rick Ross, Incubus, Brad Paisley and Jennifer Lopez. He also edited the MTV Video Music Award for Best Rock Video two years in a row for Limp Bizkit’s “Break Stuff” and “Rollin’”. In addition, Doe has also edited a number of concert specials for music legends such as The Police, The Rolling Stones, Sting, Cyndi Lauper, and Eagles.

An avid movie fan, Doe has also edited behind-the-scenes documentaries for several films including Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Brave One and The Spirit. In 2004, he edited a series of documentaries for the Wachowskis dealing with concepts put forth in the Matrix Trilogy. He was later called upon again to edit all the behind-the-scenes documentaries for the Wachowskis’ Speed Racer.

A graduate of Art Center College of Design, Doe lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter and is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.


Paul Alexander

Author, Salinger: A Biography

Salinger is based on Paul Alexander’s book, Salinger: A Biography (St. Martin’s, 1999). Alexander is the editor of the essay collection Ariel Ascending: Writings About Sylvia Plath (Harper and Row, 1985) and the author of Rough Magic, a biography of Plath (Viking Penguin, 1991); Boulevard of Broken Dreams: The Life, Times, and Legend of James Dean (Viking Penguin, 1994), a bestseller that has been published in 10 countries; Death and Disaster: The Rise of the Warhol Empire and the Race For Andy’s Millions (Villard, 1994); Man of the People: The Life of John McCain (Wiley, 2002); The Candidate (Riverhead Penguin, 2004), a chronicle of John Kerry’s presidential campaign; and Machiavelli’s Shadow: The Rise and Fall of Karl Rove (Rodale, 2008). He is the author of the bestselling Kindle Singles Murdered, Accused, and Homicidal. His latest e-book, Mistried, was just published by Rosetta Books.

A former reporter for Time, Alexander has published nonfiction in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe, New York, The Nation, The Village Voice, Salon, Worth, The New York Observer, George, Cosmopolitan, More, Interview, ARTnews, Mirabella, Premiere, Out, The Advocate, Travel & Leisure, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, Biography, Men’s Journal, Best Life, The New York Review of Books, The Huffington Post, and Rolling Stone. In Europe, his journalism has appeared in Paris Match, Gente, and The Guardian. He contributes to The Daily Beast.

Alexander wrote Good Night, Dorothy Kilgallen, an original screenplay about Kilgallen’s investigation of the Kennedy assassination, for Twentieth Century Fox. He is the author of the plays Strangers in the Land of Canaan and Edge, which he directed. Developed at The Actors Studio, Edge, the one-woman play about Sylvia Plath, ran in New York, where Angelica Page received an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination; London; and venues in other cities, among them Miami, where New Times named Page Best Actress. Edge toured Australia and New Zealand and enjoyed a second run in New York. In all, Page performed Edge 400 times. Alexander is the director of a British revival of Ariel Dorfman’s play Death and the Maiden; New York Stories, an evening of one-act plays by Paul Manuel Kane that ran in New York; and Brothers in Arms, a documentary feature film about John Kerry and Vietnam (First Run Features).

Alexander holds a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from The University of Alabama and an MFA from The Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has taught at the University of Houston, Long Island University, The City University of New York, and Hofstra University. Memberships include PEN American Center, the Authors Guild, and the Playwrights and Directors Unit of The Actors Studio. In fall 2002, he was a Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. In January 2013, he appeared at the Key West Literary Seminar as part of the Writers on Writers series.


Regis B. Kimble


Regis B. Kimble was born and raised in Malibu and has been an editor for 25 years. He started editing at the ripe, old age of 23 on an episode of Matlock with Dean Hargrove. He started cutting on a Moviola and moved seamlessly into the electronic editing of today. Kimble has had the privilege of working on many excellent projects during his career. As an assistant, he worked with editors on projects that were outside the norm, such as Paul Simon’s Graceland: The African Concert, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, and Tanner 88, written by Garry Trudeau and directed by Robert Altman.

As an editor, Kimble’s love of projects that are edgy, challenging, and unusual has continued. His passion has afforded him the opportunity to work with many talented people, including Joss Whedon on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Chris Carter on The X-Files, Gregory Hoblit, Michael Mann, Mimi Leder, John Wells, and, of course, Shane Salerno.


Langdon F. Page

Editor and Associate Producer

Langdon F. Page was born and raised in Colorado and began filmmaking in Santiago, Chile in the late 1990s. He has edited documentaries and features in Rome, Cairo, New York and Los Angeles, including Oliver Stone’s Persona Non Grata and Looking For Fidel; Abel Ferrara’s Chelsea on the Rocks and Mary, winner of the Venice Film Festival Special Jury Prize; Discovery Channel’s Inside the Kill Box: Fighting the Gulf War, and the Peabody Award-winning Black Sky: The Race for Space; HBO’s Koran By Heart; The Strange History of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell; and In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye. Mr. Page’s films have played at the Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Tribeca and other film festivals, in churches, mosques, schools, and theaters worldwide, and for the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations. He recently launched a global film production company in Santiago, Chile.



Lorne Balfe


Lorne Balfe is a Grammy Award-winning and BAFTA-nominated film composer from Inverness, Scotland. Balfe is known for composing the scores to DreamWorks Animation’s Megamind and Ubisoft’s acclaimed game Assassin’s Creed III.

In addition to being recognized for producing two of Hans Zimmer’s Oscar-nominated scores, Sherlock Holmes and Inception, Balfe has also received significant recognition for his work in the United Kingdom. In 2009, Lorne was nominated for the Discovery of the Year World Soundtrack Award for his score in the BAFTA award-winning film Crying With Laughter. The same year, he was nominated for the prestigious Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award.

Balfe began his career in Hollywood providing additional music on several major motion pictures, including the second and third installments of The Pirates of the Caribbean, The Simpsons Movie, Angels & Demons, Iron Man and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. He also composed additional music on the 2009 Golden Globe-nominated film Frost/Nixon. Complimented by his additional music, Balfe’s role as a score producer on 2008’s The Dark Knight earned him a Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture.

In 2009, Balfe was music producer and composer of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 video game, and score producer for Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, which earned a 2010 Oscar nomination for Best Original Score. Only a year later, in 2011, Balfe produced the score for Christopher Nolan’s Inception, which also earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score.

In more recent years, Balfe has composed additional music for The Dark Knight, Inception, Rango, Kung Fu Panda 2, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Madagascar 3, and 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. Balfe’s recent solo projects have kept him hard at work in the U.K., composing for Ironclad, The Sweeney and the upcoming films Not Another Happy Ending (starring Karen Gillian of Doctor Who) and Side by Side. His music is featured in the BBC and Sundance Channel TV miniseries Restless, starring Hayley Atwell and Rufus Sewell, for which Balfe received the Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music Composition. In the U.S., Balfe has recently worked alongside director, Scott Walker for the upcoming film The Frozen Ground, starring John Cusack, Nicolas Cage and Vanessa Hudgens. In collaboration with composer Rachel Portman, Balfe recently completed the music for 10×10’s feature documentary Girl Rising, directed by Academy Award-nominee Richard E. Robbins, which features narration by actresses such as Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett.

When he hasn’t been composing for film, Balfe has found additional footing in the video game world. In 2011, Balfe composed alongside Jesper Kyd for the game Assassin’s Creed: Revelations and earned a BAFTA nomination for Best Original Music. A year later in 2012, Balfe was already hard at work composing as a solo composer for Skylanders: Giants and the newly released Assassin’s Creed III, which earned Balfe his second BAFTA nomination for Best Original Music, as well as the nomination for the BSO Goldspirit Award for Best Score for a Video Game. Most recently, Balfe completed the score for the much-anticipated video game Beyond: Two Souls, which features performances by Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe.

Susan Lacy

Executive Producer and American Masters Series Creator

Currently producing and directing films for HBO, Susan Lacy was an award-winning originator of primetime public television programs from 1979-2013, and created and launched the American Masters series in 1986.

As the executive producer of American Masters, she was responsible for the production and national broadcast of 200 documentary films about our country’s artistic and cultural giants, those who have made an indelible impact on the American landscape. Now entering its 28th 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 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.

Lacy is also an award-winning filmmaker. She produced, directed and wrote Inventing David Geffen, which premiered on PBS in 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 B.A. 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.


Stephen Segaller


Stephen Segaller joined WNET in September, 2008. He has primary responsibility for the coordination of all national and local programming from WNET’s producing subsidiaries – THIRTEEN, WLIW21 and Creative News Group. Among the acclaimed productions Segaller coordinates are: Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Secrets of the Dead, PBS NewsHourWeekend, Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, Cyberchase, NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, Women, War and Peace and Shakespeare Uncovered.

Segaller has been a journalist, producer, director, writer and author whose work has been broadcast and published on both sides of the Atlantic and all over the world. In the U.K., he worked for London Weekend TV and Granada TV in current affairs, then spent six years as an independent producer making documentaries for Channel 4. In the U.S., he worked at WGBH and supervised national production for Oregon Public Broadcasting – producing for PBS, CNN, Discovery, TLC, Channel 4, and other networks.

From 1999-2008 Segaller was Director, News & Public Affairs Programming for Thirteen/WNET. He created That Money Show in 2000-01; the international documentary series Wide Angle in 2002, and Exposé – America’s Investigative Reports in 2006. After 9/11, he and Bill Moyers jointly produced the specials that led to the creation of NOW with Bill Moyers. He also supervised documentaries and series such as The War of the World; Extreme Oil; Red Gold: The Epic Story of Blood; Local News; the Fred Friendly Seminars; Srebrenica – A Cry From The Grave; Kofi Annan: Center of the Storm; Maggie: Prime Minister Thatcher; Allies at War; The Blair Decade; City At War: London Calling and Legacy of War, both with Walter Cronkite; and the films of Frederick Wiseman, and Roger Weisberg.