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More Fallout from the Car Industry: Ken Burns


by Jerome Weeks 10 Mar 2009

After 22 years of funding Ken Burns’ Emmy Award-winning PBS documentaries,  General Motors is withdrawing its support. GM began underwriting Burns’ work with The Civil Wars and continued through his newest, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, a six-parter that will air this fall. But the need to cutback during the car company’s current crisis […]

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After 22 years of funding Ken Burns’ Emmy Award-winning PBS documentaries,  General Motors is withdrawing its support. GM began underwriting Burns’ work with The Civil Wars and continued through his newest, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, a six-parter that will air this fall. But the need to cutback during the car company’s current crisis doomed the funding.

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  • Certainly Ken Burns and PBS will find alternate funding. I’ve just finished a review of The Civil War – A Film by Ken Burns for Amazon, and I’ve watched all of his documentaries. He is terrific and another company not experiencing the problems of GM will pick him up.