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KERA’S “CEO” FEATURES KEN BURNS OF FLORENTINE FILMS

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justinaltman_kenburnsThis November on KERA’s CEO with Lee Cullum

DALLAS/FORT WORTH – On the November episode of CEO, host Lee Cullum talks with filmmaker Ken Burns, who explains how Florentine Films was able to keep producing documentaries when government funding declined. “The normal three-legged stool of support that we’ve relied on for the last 30 years sort of changed,” Burns said. “We were at a quandary.” Burns also gives insight into the characters in his latest film, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, and shares what subjects he plans to tackle next.

KERA’s CEO features insightful discussions with successful North Texas business leaders from the corporate and not-for-profit sectors about what it takes to make a company successful in today’s global marketplace and changing economy. The November episode featuring Ken Burns airs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, on KERA TV, with rebroadcasts at noon Sunday, Nov. 9, and at 10:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10. CEO also can be heard at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, on KERA 90.1 FM. Following the initial on-air broadcast, the half-hour program will be available on www.kera.org/ceo. Previous CEO episodes are available on demand at www.kera.org/ceo.

CEO is sponsored by Executive Education at the Naveen School of Management, The University of Texas at Dallas, Hodges Capital Management and Sewell Automotive Companies. More information about Florentine Films can be found at florentinefilms.com.

ABOUT KEN BURNS
Ken Burns has been making films for more than 35 years. Since the Academy Award-nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, Ken has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made. A December 2002 poll conducted by Real Screen Magazine listed The Civil War as second only to Robert Flaherty’s Nanook of the North as the “most influential documentary of all time,” and named Ken Burns and Robert Flaherty as the “most influential documentary makers” of all time.

The late historian Stephen Ambrose said of Burns’ films, “More Americans get their history from Ken Burns than any other source.” Ken’s films have won 13 Emmy Awards and two Oscar nominations, and in September of 2008, at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards, Ken was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

ABOUT CEO
Host Lee Cullum conducts insightful discussions with successful North Texas business leaders from the corporate and not-for-profit sectors about what it takes to make a company successful in today’s global marketplace and changing economy. CEO episodes are available on-demand at www.kera.org/ceo.

ABOUT KERA
KERA is a not-for-profit public media organization that serves the people of North Texas. The station broadcasts to the fourth-largest population area in the United States. KERA produces original multimedia content, carries the best in national and international public television and radio programs, and provides online resources at www.kera.org. The station’s extensive coverage of the arts can be found at www.artandseek.org. KERA-TV broadcasts on Channel 13.1. KERA WORLD broadcasts on 13.2. KERA-FM broadcasts on 90.1 in Dallas/Fort Worth/Denton, 88.3 in Wichita Falls, 100.1 in Tyler and 99.3 in Sherman. The music station KXT 91.7 FM is also streamed online at www.kxt.org.