Meet the Creators

Meet the Creators

Ken Burns
Executive Producer and Series Creative Consultant

Ken Burns has been making documentary films for more than 30 years. Since the Academy Award-nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, he has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made. The late historian Stephen Ambrose said of Ken’s films, ‘More Americans get their history from Ken Burns than any other source.’

Ken Burns Executive Producer and Series Creative Consultant
Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee
Author, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee’s accomplishments as both a physician and a Pulitzer Prize winning author are compelling and powerful. A cancer specialist, Sid has devoted his life to caring for victims of cancer, a disease that sickens and kills millions of people around the world each year. As a researcher, his laboratory is on the forefront of discovering new cancer drugs using innovative biological methods.

Barak Goodman
Producer and Director

Barak Goodman is co-founder of Ark Media and a principal producer, director, and writer with the company. His films for Ark Media have been nominated for an Academy Award and won multiple Emmys and Writers Guild Awards, the DuPont-Columbia, and Peabody Awards, the RFK Journalism Prize, and twice been official selections at the Sundance Film Festival.

Barak Goodman
Laura Ziskin

Laura Ziskin
Co-Founder of Stand Up To Cancer

Laura Ziskin, a legendary Hollywood film producer and co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), envisioned producing a documentary about cancer since the time she was diagnosed in 2004 with breast cancer. She lived courageously with the disease that ultimately took her life in June 2011. Laura Ziskin Productions is now presided over by Ziskin’s longtime producing partner Pamela Oas Williams, also a co-founder of SU2C.