PBS Premieres The Great War, Co-Directed and Produced by IE Brown 2018 Student, Amanda Pollak

Congratulations to Amanda Pollak on the success of The Great War, a six-hour, three-part documentary that aired this month on PBS in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into the war. The Great War has received rave reviews – described as “detailed and entertaining,” by The New York Times, and “enormously absorbing,” by The Wall Street Journal.


The Great War explores the United States experience in the First World War. Led by the soaring rhetoric of Woodrow Wilson’s vision “to make the world safe for democracy,” the war transformed America’s role in the world, but also fundamentally changed the nature of American society, giving birth to the national security state, reordering the place of women and African-Americans in the culture, and changing the government’s role in almost every aspect of the American economy. The repercussions of this moment define us to this day.

When asked why an accomplished documentary filmmaker would pursue an IE Brown Executive MBA, Amanda responded…

“Like so many industries, the media is being turned upside down by new technologies, transforming the ways we create, consume and fund content. I believe there are some incredible opportunities out there, and that this degree will help me think creatively and constructively about new distribution channels and partnerships so I can continue making documentaries about subjects that I am passionate about.”

Amanda Pollak is a partner, producer, and director at Insignia Films, considered one of the country’s foremost creators of historical documentaries. She is also a member of the IE Brown Executive MBA 2018 cohort.

To learn more about The Great War and stream all three episodes, go here.

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