Rob Weiss

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Rob Weiss
Born Baldwin, Nassau County, New York
Occupation Television producer, film producer, screenwriter, actor, film director
Years active 1993–present
Notable work(s) How to Make It in America
Entourage
American Psycho
Amongst Friends

Rob Weiss is an American television and film producer, screenwriter, actor, and director. His break came in 1993 when he wrote and directed the 1993 film Amongst Friends. The film was well received at film festivals and scored Weiss a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

Weiss was born in Baldwin, Nassau County, New York. He attended the Parsons School of Design, studying fashion and film, but never graduated. Unemployed, he ended up living with his father in Lawrence in the Five Towns.[1] He has attended both film and design school and worked as a promoter on Long Island, in New York City.[2]

Weiss attended Woodmere Academy with Doug Ellin, creator of the HBO series Entourage, and wrote for the show. He wrote (or co-wrote) episodes including Aquamansion, The Bat Mitzvah and The Sundance Kids.

In an August 2007 New York Observer interview with Ellin, he confirms that Weiss was the basis for the character of Billy Walsh, a perfectionist filmmaker who was a recurring character on the series. Ellin even asked Weiss if he'd play "Walsh,” but Weiss declined. Instead, the role went to Rhys Coiro, to whom Weiss bears little outward resemblance.

Weiss was an executive producer on the HBO comedy-drama, How to Make It in America.[3]

In 2014 Weiss partnered with Davidoff of Geneva to create the signature cigar line BG Meyer Cigar Co. [4] It’s launch was lauded by Cigar Aficionado.[5]

In 2014, Deadline reported Weiss was tapped by Sonny Barger and Fox 2000 to write and direct the feature film Hells Angels.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Credit Role Notes
2014
Entourage Producer and Writer Filming
2006
Farce of the Penguins Pissed Penguin Voice role; direct-to-video
2000
American Psycho Co-producer
1994
Jimmy Hollywood Himself
1993
Amongst Friends Director, Writer and Executive Producer Bobby
Television
Year Title Credit Episodes Notes
2014
Ballers Executive Producer Premiering on HBO in 2014
2010-2011
How to Make It in America Writer: 4 episodes
Executive Producer: 13 episodes
16 episodes
2004-2011
Entourage Writer: 20 episodes
Executive Producer: 44 episodes
Co-Executive Producer: 20 episodes
Producer: 15 episodes
Co-Producer: 7 episodes
96 episodes Role: Audition Producer (Season 1, Episode 8)
2003
Punk'd Producer 17 episodes Season 1 and 2 only
2000
Hendrix Writer TV Movie

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lyall, Sarah. "FILM; 'Amongst Friends' Tops Off a Journey Of Self-Discovery", The New York Times, July 18, 1993. Accessed September 18, 2008. "Born in Baldwin, near the Five Towns, Mr. Weiss dropped out of the Parsons School of Design, where he studied fashion, then film. He found himself out of work and living goallessly back at his divorced father's house in Lawrence, smack in the Five Towns."
  2. ^ Amongst Friends (1993) – Trivia
  3. ^ New York Times. "A Road to Redemption (Hint: Be Polite)". Retrieved February 25, 2010. 
  4. ^ YouTube. "Introducing the BG Meyer Co -- Legends Made". Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  5. ^ Cigar Aficionado. "New Camacho Partnership Means First Nicaraguan Puro". Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  6. ^ Deadline. "‘Hells Angels’ Feature Rides Over To Writer-Producer Rob Weiss". Retrieved June 24, 2014. 

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