Mary Wharton is an award-winning producer, writer and director who has dedicated her career to making documentaries about music. Her work has been exhibited extensively around the world, including her 2009 film, “Joan Baez: How Sweet The Sound,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was distributed worldwide on DVD and broadcast in the U.S. on the PBS series “American Masters,” as well as on the BBC (UK), TV3 (Spain) and ARTÉ (France & Germany). It is currently available on-demand via streaming on Netflix.
Wharton's work also includes the 2004 Grammy winner, “Sam Cooke: Legend” (VH1, PBS, BBC); the network television specials “Elvis Lives” (NBC, RTL, Channel 4 UK, 2002) and “The Beatles Revolution” (ABC, VH1, 2001); the platinum-selling concert film “Phish: IT” (PBS, 2004); and documentaries for the VH1 “Legends” series about U2, David Bowie, The Doors, Elton John, George Clinton and Jimi Hendrix. She served as a producer on the Grammy-winning documentary “Bruce Springsteen: Wings For Wheels, The Making of Born To Run” (Sony/BMG, 2005) and as an Executive Producer of “Tell Them Anything You Want: A Profile of Maurice Sendak,” directed by Lance Bangs and Spike Jonze (HBO, 2009).
Most recently, Wharton has become entrenched in the world of pop music, producing episodes of the VH1 documentary series, “Behind The Music.” Her profiles of Enrique Iglesias (2011), Pitbull (2012) and Train (2012) were big hits in the twitterverse and pushed an immediate surge in sales of those artists’ music - once again proving the power of a good story.