Meet Ken, Sid, and Barak

Meet the three creators who are adapting the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer into a landmark television event.

Throughout the coming year, visit The Producers’ Blog to learn about the individuals involved with making The Story of Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. Today, meet the three creators who have guided the creative process for this landmark film.


about-kenKen Burns

Executive Producer and 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.”

about-siddharthaDr. 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.

about-barakBarak 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.

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