Kenneth Lauren Burns is an American documentary filmmaker.
Burns is well known for his style in documentary material, making use of original prints and photographs, and has produced several acclaimed historical and biographical documentaries for television and film. Among his most notable productions were miniseries on the American Civil War (“The Civil War,” 1990), baseball (“Baseball,” 1994), and jazz (“Jazz,” 2001).
Burns’s documentaries have been nominated for two Academy Awards and six of his documentaries have been nominated for one or more Emmy Awards. He won three Emmy Awards for “The Civil War,” for “Baseball” and for “Unforgivable Blackness.”