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1 Man, 1 Hour, $50,000

That's what filmmaker Ken Burns commands to talk about his popular documentaries. But at least he's famous. Plenty of no-name speakers like Tony Alessandra (who?) get $15,000 or more, raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars a year on the fiercely competitive lecture circuit. Is this the best way for companies to be spending their money?

By Carlene Hempel
September 26, 2004

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An hour before he takes the stage, Ken Burns gathers himself behind the stage at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The filmmaker is arguably the best-known documentarian of his time, having scored two Emmys for The Civil War and one for Baseball . But he's not here to raise money for public television's annual fund drive. Burns ... (Full Article: 2836 Words)

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