Susan Lacy to exit PBS for HBO; cites funding struggles

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Susan Lacy, creator and e.p. of American Masters at WNET in New York, is leaving PBS for HBO, the New York Times is reporting. She will produce biographical films for the subscription cable channel’s documentary division

Financing was often inadequate for American Masters projects, the Times noted, and Lacy found herself “having to find money to supplement the funding for each film,” she said.

Money will not be a problem at HBO, she noted. “And I have to admit that was a big draw in taking this job.”

In April 2012, American Masters suffered an 87.5 percent cut in funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, receiving just $50,000. ““We were entirely shocked at the extent of the cut this funding round,” Lacy said at that time.

“Susan has left an indelible mark recording our nation’s collective history,” PBS President Paula Kerger said.

In a statement, Lacy said: “It has been my honor to be part of the PBS and WNET family for so many years, and to have had the opportunity to amass a body of work which I hope demonstrates the depth of our unique cultural history and the value of quality documentaries in contributing to understanding our world.”

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