DETROIT — General Motors Corp. is ending its 22-year support for Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns.
GM spokeswoman Kelly Cusinato calls Burns "the gold standard of documentary filmmaking," but says the financial crisis "has forced GM to rein in such spending." A figure for GM's aid to Burns isn't known.
Burns has made a string of high-profile public TV documentaries, including "The Civil War," "Jazz" and "Baseball."
His last GM-backed project is "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," a six-part series airing this fall.
Burns' spokesman Dave Donovan tells The Detroit News that Burns is "incredibly grateful" for GM's support, calling it "an extraordinary contribution to public television."
Information from: The Detroit News, http://www.detnews.com