Filmmaker Lynn Novick has been making documentaries about American history for nearly 25 years. A director and producer, she has been a principal collaborator of Ken Burns since the early 1990s and together they have been responsible for more than 60 hours of programming, some of the most critically acclaimed and top-rated documentary films and series that have aired on PBS. Currently, Novick is directing and producing — with Burns — The Vietnam War, a 14-16 hour series about the history and meaning of the conflict, airing in 2017, and Ernest Hemingway, a two-part biography of the writer slated for broadcast in 2019.
Novick is also directing a feature length documentary exploring the personal and intellectual transformation of incarcerated men and women in a highly successful prison education program. Sarah Botstein is producing the film; Burns is its executive producer.
Novick is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale with honors in American Studies. She lives in New York City.