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Ken Burns loses GM funding

Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns‘s funding from General Motors has ended, due to economic hardships the company has been facing.

“The War,” “Jazz,” “The Civil War,” and “Baseball” are some of Burns’s films.

Burns and GM ended a ten-year contract, in which GM sponsored 35 percent of each film’s production costs and associated educational outreach programs. Burns and Florentine agreed to produce ten films. The contract will expire this year and will not be renewed. GM has been a sponsor of Burns’s work for 22 years. GM has spent “millions in underwriting” and had made the contract with Burns in 1999, accoarding to The Detroit News.

Burns’s company, Florentine Films began seeking new sponsorship, according to The New York Times.

Burn’s 12 part, six-hour series, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” will air on PBS this September. It features Florida’s Everglades, Acadia, Yosemite, the Gates of the Arctic, and the Grand Canyon.

Watch a video of Burns talking about the national parks series.

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