Lynn Novick | Director

Lynn Novick Novick has been making acclaimed documentary films about American history for more than twenty years. Since the late 1990s, she has been directing/producing partner of filmmaker Ken Burns. Their most recent collaboration, PROHIBITION, is a three part, five and a half hour series airing on PBS in the fall of 2011. It tells the story of the rise, reign, and fall of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution and all of its consequences – intended and otherwise. The film raises vital questions that are as relevant today as they were 100 years ago – about means and ends, individual rights and responsibilities, the proper role of government, and finally, who is – and who is not – a real American.

In 2010, Novick was director/producer with Burns, and writer with Burns and David McMahon, of THE TENTH INNING, a four hour update of the 1994 series, BASEBALL which brought the tumultuous story of our national pastime up to the present day. In 2007 she was director/producer with Burns of THE WAR, an epic seven-part series that told the story of the Second World War through the personal accounts of nearly 40 men and women from four American towns. The series explored the most intimate human dimensions of the greatest cataclysm in history and demonstrated that in extraordinary times, there are no ordinary lives. THE WAR received 3 Emmy awards as well as the Television Critics' Association award for best news and information program of 2007.

In 1998, Novick was director/producer with Burns of the Peabody Award-winning two-part biographical documentary, FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT, which was shown at the Sundance, Telluride, Edinburgh and Seattle Film Festivals.

In 1994, she produced the most-watched series in the history of public television, Burns's nine-part, 18 hour series, BASEBALL, (1994) for which she received an Emmy Award. In 2001, Novick produced Burns's 10-part series, JAZZ, which explores in detail the culture, politics and dreams that gave birth to jazz music and follows this most American of art forms from its origins in blues and ragtime through swing, bebop and fusion. Jazz was nominated for five Emmy Awards.

She and Burns are currently directing/producing a 10 to 12 hour series for PBS on the history and meaning of the Vietnam War, slated for broadcast in 2016.

Novick came to Florentine Films in 1989 to work on Burns's landmark 1990 series, THE CIVIL WAR, as associate producer for post production. She previously served as researcher and associate producer for Bill Moyers on two PBS series: Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth and A World of Ideas with Bill Moyers. A graduate of Yale, she lives in New York City with her husband, Robert Smith, and their two children.

The Vietnam War on Nine PBS

The Vietnam War is a ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that premiered September 17, 2017 on Nine PBS.

In an immersive 360-degree narrative, Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. The Vietnam War features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides.

Beginning October 3, the 10-part series from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick will re-air on a weekly basis. Tune in Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m., beginning October 3.

Learn more at and Join the conversation at #VietnamWarPBS.

Story Collection Project

Story Collection Project

The Nine Network is partnering with the Missouri History Museum to gather diverse perspectives from members of the community. Veterans, those on the home front, and the Vietnamese community are encouraged to submit stories and remembrances online at

Watch Online

Streaming Schedule:

Beginning October 3, the 10-part series from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick will re-air on a weekly basis. Episodes will also be available to stream online for 2 weeks after each rebroadcast.

Ep. 1 10/3/1710/17/17
Ep. 2 10/3/1710/17/17
Ep. 3 10/10/1710/24/17
Ep. 4 10/17/1710/31/17
Ep. 5 10/24/1711/7/17
Ep. 6 10/31/1711/14/17
Ep. 7 11/7/1711/21/17
Ep. 8 11/14/1711/28/17
Ep. 9  11/21/1712/5/17
Ep. 10 11/28/1712/12/17

Nine Passport members have access to all episodes from 9/17/17 to 12/31/17, beginning Sunday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m.


The Vietnam War Community Impact Report

The Nine Network is able to achieve community impact through the power of public media. The scale of Nine’s reach across the region is a distinctively unique asset. We are a trusted convener and storyteller around issues affecting our region. The result of our work raises awareness, increases understanding, and moves our community to action. View the report.

Resources for Veterans

Through our work with community partners we have learned more about how this powerful documentary may be difficult for some to watch. Please know that the Department of Veterans Affairs provides a wide range of services for veterans and their families.
Services are available from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ St. Louis Health Care System Mental Health Office. Call (314) 894-6653 to schedule an appointment or to learn more about available services.
The Veterans Crisis Line connects veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs’ responders through a confidential hotline, online chat, or text. Responders are live, not recorded, and can be reached 24/7 at (800) 273-8255, press 1. You can also send a text to: 838255. Or visit to immediately chat with someone online.

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