Patsy Cline: American Masters
Premieres nationwide beginning March 4 on PBS (check local listings) during Women’s History Month
Barbara J. Hall
Producer and Director
Barbara J. Hall boasts 20 years of experience in all aspects of development, producing and directing of original documentary programming. She oversees TH Entertainment’s music-based productions, including 22 episodes of the documentary series Song By Song, and continues to manage the company’s Canadian productions.
As an independent producer, Hall has enjoyed a long history of working with many broadcasting networks, both domestic and international. She has a worked with public television in both production and consultation on rights and clearances. TH Entertainment brings along a production team with extensive history in documentary-style and music-based productions and relationships in the industry, along with knowledge and skills in rights and clearances – an asset critical to successful production.
Her production credits include Titanic: Band of Courage (PBS); Song By Song (Ovation Network); Biography (A&E) episodes on Blondie, Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, The Mamas & The Papas, and The Monkees, which received an Emmy-nomination, Davy Jones, Selena, Drew Carey, Weird Al, and Billy Ray Cyrus; Lovin’ Spoonful: Do You Believe in Magic (PBS); the 12-episode series Impact: Songs that Changed The World (Bravo U.S., Canada, Israel, MTV Latin America, Poland, Italy, Discovery India, Australia, Finland), and the eight-part series Four Strong Winds (CMT & W Network).
In addition, she is the founder and president of the international rights clearance company Clear Cut Inc., fostering long-standing relationships with music industry professionals all over the world.
Hall graduated from York University, Toronto, and is a Canadian transplant living in Nashville, Tennessee.
Kris Slava is a blogger (followthethread.tv), TV executive (A&E, Trio, Ovation) and writer. He has executive produced live concerts and documentaries with artists such as Willie Nelson, Reba McEntire and Johnny Cash.
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.