Katherine Cooper & Rebecca Eaton

Writer / Executive Producer of Masterpiece

Katherine Cooper has written for Playboy, Architectural Digest, BOMB Magazine and Women & Performance Journal, among others. At Playboy, she wrote the weekly column Just The Ti ...read more

Katherine Cooper has written for Playboy, Architectural Digest, BOMB Magazine and Women & Performance Journal, among others. At Playboy, she wrote the weekly column Just The Tips, which took a modern and literary approach to manners, mores and ethics of sex, love and dating. After Playboy, she went freelance and focused on interviewing artists such as musician Patti Smith and comedian Marc Maron. Katherine grew up in New England and as Robert Frost would say, {it has made all the difference.” She lives her life on the road and has spent significant time in Italy, India, Iceland, Montana, New York City and South Africa. Katherine has worked as a teacher, Wikipedia article writer and child wrangler for a Michael Jackson inspired Performance Art Piece. She went to Brown University and received a Masters Degree from NYU in Performance Studies after which she went on tour with a feminist cabaret called Tall Women in Clogs. Her travels inform her writing on love and art in America.

She also worked as a professional high-end matchmaker, a job which she got on Craig’s List.

 

Rebecca Eaton is Executive Producer of MASTERPIECE on PBS, which includes VictoriaPoldark, Sherlock, Downton Abbey, and Wolf Hall, among others. She took the helm of Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! in 1985 and oversaw the relaunch of MASTERPIECE in 2008. She began her career at the BBC World Service in London and went on to make documentary films at the PBS station WGBH Boston. Her memoir is Making Masterpiece. Eaton was named one of TIME’s 100 most influential people in 2011 and was made an honorary Officer, Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. Under Eaton’s leadership, MASTERPIECE has won 65 Primetime Emmy Awards, 16 Peabody Awards, six Golden Globes, and two Academy Award nominations.

Eaton’s mother, Katherine Emery, was a stage and film actress who left an enormous artistic and emotional legacy. Rebecca named her daughter after her. Eaton considers herself a lifelong feminist and has always been a sucker for family drama. Her daughter calls her “Commander Overdrive.”

She’s lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on and off, for 47 years.

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