American Masters – Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Panelist Bios

Air date: 05/18/2018

American Masters Bombshell: the Hedy Lamarr Story

TCA Bios


Alexandra Dean, Director/Screenwriter/Producer

Alexandra Dean is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and a documentary director and producer. She produced news-magazine documentaries for PBS before becoming a series and documentary producer at Bloomberg television, producing the series “Innovators” about inventors who shape our world. She also writes about invention for Businessweek magazine. Today, she is a founding partner at Reframed Pictures. “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” is her first feature documentary and she is absolutely thrilled to be traveling the world with it and talking to women who like to shake things up — just like Hedy Lamarr.

Danijela Cabric, Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering. UCLA

Danijela Cabric is an Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering at UCLA, where she directs a research lab focusing on emerging wireless communications systems. She earned an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from UCLA and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley. As a graduate student at UCLA, she developed and demonstrated the fastest frequency hopping system to date, which builds on foundational principles of Hedy Lamarr’s invention. In 2012, she received the National Science Foundation CAREER award, the most prestigious award that supports early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education.

Michael Kantor, American Masters, Series Executive Producer

Michael Kantor 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. An Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker, Kantor has worked on projects for PBS, HBO, Bravo and 20th Century Fox. His PBS series include Broadway: The American Musical (hosted by Julie Andrews), Make ‘Em Laugh (hosted by Billy Crystal) and Superheroes (hosted by Liev Schreiber). Kantor also wrote, directed and produced the award-winning profile American Masters: Quincy Jones: In the Pocket and served as executive producer of Give Me the Banjo with Steve Martin. He is president of Almo Inc., a company that distributes the American Film Theatre series, including Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance, starring Katharine Hepburn, and Chekhov’s Three Sisters with Laurence Olivier. Kantor has co-authored three books, serves as a Tony nominator, and taught producing at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.