Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies


Series Director: Barak Goodman 
Executive Producers: Ken Burns, Dalton Delan, David Thompson, Pam Williams 
Senior Creative Consultant: Ken Burns 
Directors: Chris Durrance, Deborah Dickson, Jack Youngelson 
Co-Producer: Jamila Ephron 
Field Producers: Ali Sargent and Lindsey Megrue 
Associate Producers: Emily Chapman, Tom Denison and Nora Ballard 

Written by: Barak Goodman, David Blistein, Geoffrey Ward and Kenneth L. Burns
Coming to PBS in the Spring of 2015, "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies." Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, "Cancer" is a three-part, six-hour special on the past, present and future of our efforts to defeat this most feared disease. The series is executive produced by preeminent documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, in partnership with WETA, the flagship public broadcasting station in Washington, D.C., along side director Barak Goodman. This "biography" of cancer from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic "War on Cancer" in the last century comes at a moment of inflection in the history of the disease, when scientific breakthroughs have put a cure within reach. The series matches the epic scale of the disease, reshaping the way the public sees cancer and stripping away some of the fear and misunderstanding that has long surrounded it. The story of cancer is a story of scientific hubris, paternalism, and misperception, but it is also a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance. CANCER: The Emperor of All Maladies examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a historian's perspective and a biographer's passion. The series artfully weaves three different films in one: a riveting historical documentary; an engrossing and intimate verite film; and a scientific and investigative report.