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Lynn Novick

Lynn Novick

Keynote Speaker: Award-Winning Director, Writer, Producer & Documentary Filmmaker on Culture, History, Politics, Sports, Art, Architecture, Literature, and Music

Lynn Novick Biography

Lynn Novick has been making landmark documentary films about American life and culture, history, politics, sports, art, architecture, literature, and music for more than 30 years. As director and producer, she has created nearly 100 hours of acclaimed programming for PBS in collaboration with Ken Burns, including their six-hour series, "The U.S. and The Holocaust", released on PBS in September 2022. Her films include "Ernest Hemingway," "The Vietnam War," "Baseball," "Jazz," "Frank Lloyd Wright," "The War," and "Prohibition" - these landmark series have garnered 19 Emmy nominations. One of the most respected documentary filmmakers and storytellers in America, Novick herself has received Emmy, Peabody and Alfred I. duPont Columbia Awards.

With her 2019 four part verité series, "College Behind Bars", Novick made her debut as solo director. A present day story told without narration, this series signaled a departure in filmmaking approach and style for Novick, and premiered at the New York Film Festival prior to PBS release. Produced by Sarah Botstein, "College Behind Bars" explores urgently contemporary and timeless questions – What is prison for? Who in America has access to educational opportunity? Six years in the making, the series immerses viewers in the inspiring and transformational journey of a small group of incarcerated men and women serving time for serious crimes, as they try to earn college degrees in one of the most rigorous prison education programs in America – the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI).

"What you see in these heartbreaking, inspiring stories," says Jamil Smith in Rolling Stone, "is a testament to the power of education, and why it remains such a dangerous and underrated weapon against a racially and economically unjust status quo in this nation." The Washington Post noted that those who oppose prison education programs are "perhaps aggravated at the sight of these men overachieving and the personal freedom that knowledge bestows." The Education Writers of America honored the series for Best Visual Storytelling: "The commitment and effort the filmmakers took to tell the stories of [men and women] trying to better their lives by obtaining a college degree – and what their stories say about our criminal justice system – is nothing short of incredible. The film does honor to its subjects and the debate over the purpose of education and rehabilitation." There is no better measure of the impact of the film than the fact that in 2020 Congress voted to restore Pell Grant funding for people in prison – reversing a 25 year ban.

Novick’s next project as solo director and writer is a multi-part PBS series on the history of crime and punishment in America, slated for release in 2026. She is collaborating with Burns, Botstein, and writer Geoffrey C. Ward on a six-hour series on the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson. Novick is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale with honors in American Studies, and lives in New York City.

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Lynn Novick Speaking Topics

The US and the Holocaust

Director Lynn Novick speaks to the themes in the new documentary, The US and the Holocaust, a three-part, six hour series she directed together with Ken Burns and Sarah Botstein.

The US and the Holocaust examines America’s response to one of the greatest humanitarian crises of the twentieth century. Americans consider themselves a “nation of immigrants,” but as the catastrophe of the Holocaust unfolded in Europe, the United States proved unwilling to open its doors to more than a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of desperate people seeking refuge. Through riveting firsthand testimony of witnesses and survivors who as children endured persecution, violence and flight, as their families tried to escape Hitler, this series delves deeply into the tragic human consequences of public indifference, bureaucratic red tape and restrictive quota laws in America. Did the nation fail to live up to its ideals? This is a history to be reckoned with.

Creating a Team for Confidence

The Power of Storytelling

Lynn Novick Videos

The US and The Holocaust - Director Lynn Novick Reflects
Hemingway | Official Teaser #2 | A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick ...
Lynn Novick on 'The Vietnam War'

How to book Lynn Novick?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Lynn Novick for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Lynn Novick, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Lynn Novick or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Lynn Novick?

Booking fees for Lynn Novick, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Lynn Novick, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Lynn Novick?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Lynn Novick for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Lynn Novick for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Lynn Novick or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Lynn Novick or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Lynn Novick is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Television & Film, Storytelling and Teamwork & Teambuilding. The estimated speaking fee range to book Lynn Novick for live events is $20,000 - $30,000, and for virtual events $10,000 - $20,000. Lynn Novick generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Yangsze Choo, Colin Grant and André Aciman. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Lynn Novick for an upcoming event.

Lynn Novick Speaking Topics

  • The US and the Holocaust

    Director Lynn Novick speaks to the themes in the new documentary, The US and the Holocaust, a three-part, six hour series she directed together with Ken Burns and Sarah Botstein.

    The US and the Holocaust examines America’s response to one of the greatest humanitarian crises of the twentieth century. Americans consider themselves a “nation of immigrants,” but as the catastrophe of the Holocaust unfolded in Europe, the United States proved unwilling to open its doors to more than a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of desperate people seeking refuge. Through riveting firsthand testimony of witnesses and survivors who as children endured persecution, violence and flight, as their families tried to escape Hitler, this series delves deeply into the tragic human consequences of public indifference, bureaucratic red tape and restrictive quota laws in America. Did the nation fail to live up to its ideals? This is a history to be reckoned with.

  • Creating a Team for Confidence

  • The Power of Storytelling

Lynn Novick Videos

The US and The Holocaust - Director Lynn Novick Reflects
Hemingway | Official Teaser #2 | A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick ...
Lynn Novick on 'The Vietnam War'
'Vietnam War' Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick Speak To ...

Lynn Novick Reviews

  • Lynn did a great job! Content-wise, the audience was blown away. Someone said they were even close to tears: "moving, thoughtful, eye-opening, meaningful, engaging, focused, intellectually stimulating, powerful." I have seen most of the documentaries more than once (and will watch them again), and Lynn Novick is talented, articulate, and passionate. The Q&A format worked much better than a speaker reading or making a speech. All of it was excellent! We are very appreciative for the time and attention Lynn gave to our event. Our audience was very moved by her work and words --and the Q&A format was highly engaging. We would absolutely welcome the opportunity to work with Lynn again!
    NH Humanities Council - Jul 20 2022

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How to book Lynn Novick?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Lynn Novick for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Lynn Novick, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Lynn Novick or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Lynn Novick?

Booking fees for Lynn Novick, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Lynn Novick, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Lynn Novick?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Lynn Novick for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Lynn Novick for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Lynn Novick or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Lynn Novick or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Lynn Novick is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Television & Film, Storytelling and Teamwork & Teambuilding. The estimated speaking fee range to book Lynn Novick for live events is $20,000 - $30,000, and for virtual events $10,000 - $20,000. Lynn Novick generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Yangsze Choo, Colin Grant and André Aciman. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Lynn Novick for an upcoming event.

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