Matthew Weiner

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Matthew Weiner
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Weiner at the 2011 Time 100 gala
Born (1965-06-29) June 29, 1965 (age 50)
Baltimore, Maryland
Other names Matt Weiner
Occupation Screenwriter, television producer, and director
Spouse(s) Linda Brettler (1991-present; 4 children)

Matthew Weiner (/ˌwnər/;[1] born June 29, 1965)[2] is an American writer, director and producer. He is the creator of the AMC television drama series Mad Men, the show ended in 2015 with the airing of the series finale "Person to Person".[3] He is also noted for his work on the HBO drama series The Sopranos, on which he served as a writer and producer during the show's fifth and sixth seasons (2004; 2006–2007). He released the comedy film Are You Here in 2013, marking his filmmaking debut.

Weiner has received nine Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on Mad Men and The Sopranos, winning three for Mad Men, as well as three Golden Globe Awards for Mad Men.[4][5][6][7][8][9] Mad Men won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series for four consecutive years (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011); The Sopranos (with Weiner as an executive producer) won the same award twice (2004, 2007).[10][11] Weiner was named one of the 2011 Time 100 Most Influential People In The World.[12] In November 2011, The Atlantic named him one of 21 "Brave Thinkers."[13]

Early life and education[edit]

Weiner was born in 1965 in Baltimore, to a Jewish family. He attended The Park School of Baltimore and grew up in Los Angeles where he attended Harvard School for Boys. His father was a medical researcher and chair of the neurology department at USC. His mother graduated from law school but never practiced.[1] He enrolled in the College of Letters at Wesleyan University, studying literature, philosophy, and history and earned an MFA from the University of Southern California School of Cinema and Television.[14][15]

Career[edit]

Weiner described the start of his career as a "dark time. Show business looked so impenetrable that I eventually stopped writing."[16] During this time, his wife financially supported them with her work as an architect. He began his screenwriting career writing for the short-lived Fox sitcom Party Girl (1996).[1] He was a writer and producer on The Naked Truth[17] and Andy Richter Controls the Universe.[14][15] Weiner wrote the pilot of Mad Men in 1999 as a spec script while working as a writer on Becker.[1] The Sopranos creator and executive producer David Chase offered Weiner a job as a writer for the series after being impressed by the script.[1][18]

Weiner served as a supervising producer for the fifth season of The Sopranos (2004), a co-executive producer for the first part of the sixth season (2006), and an executive producer for the second part of the sixth season (2007). He has sole or joint credit for 12 episodes overall, including the Primetime Emmy Award-nominated episodes "Unidentified Black Males" (co-written with Terence Winter) and "Kennedy and Heidi" (co-written with David Chase). He received two Primetime Emmy Awards as a producer of The Sopranos — one for the show's fifth season in 2004 and one for the second part of the show's sixth season in 2007.

In addition to writing and producing, he acted in two episodes, "Two Tonys" and "Stage 5" as fictional mafia expert Manny Safier, author of The Wise Guide to Wise Guys, on TV news broadcasts within the show.

Weiner also spent the hiatus between the two seasons teaching at his alma mater, the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television (now School of Cinematic Arts), where he taught an undergraduate screenwriting class on Feature Rewriting during the Fall 2004 semester.

During his time on The Sopranos Weiner began looking for a network to produce Mad Men. HBO, Showtime and FX network passed on the project. HBO offered to produce the series if Chase would be on board as a writer or producer, but Chase instead chose to focus on developing feature films.[1] Weiner eventually pitched the series to AMC, which had never produced an original dramatic television series. They picked up the show, ordering a full 13-episode season.[18] Weiner produced the pilot during a hiatus in "The Sopranos" final season and it premiered on July 19th, 2007, six weeks after "The Sopranos" concluded. Weiner has served as showrunner, an executive producer, and head writer of Mad Men throughout its 7 seasons, each consisting of 13 episodes, with the exception of Season 7, which was 14 and split into two halves, aired 10 months apart. As the showrunner he has had a major role in the writing and directing of each episode, also approving actors, costumes, hairstyles, and props.[1] He is credited with writing or co-writing seven episodes of the first season, eleven episodes of the second, twelve episodes of the third, ten of the fourth, nine of the fifth, ten of the sixth, and twelve of the seventh. He has also directed all seven season finales, along with the season seven midseason finale and the penultimate episode of the series.

Mad Men has received considerable critical acclaim and has won four Golden Globe Awards and fifteen Primetime Emmy Awards. It is the first basic cable series to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, winning the award in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. Weiner won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for the pilot episode, "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", in 2008, as well as being nominated for "The Wheel" (with Robin Veith). He also won Primetime Emmys for the same category in 2009, for "Meditations in an Emergency" (shared with Kater Gordon),[19] and in 2010, for "Shut the Door. Have a Seat" (shared with Erin Levy).[20] In 2009, he was also nominated for "A Night to Remember" (with Veith), "Six Month Leave" (with Andre Jacquemetton & Maria Jacquemetton), and "The Jet Set"; he was also nominated in 2010 for "Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency" (with Veith). In 2011, he was nominated for "The Suitcase". In 2012, he was nominated for "Far Away Places" and "The Other Woman", both with Semi Chellas.[21] Most recently, in 2015, he was nominated for "Lost Horizon" with Chellas and "Person to Person."

Weiner and his writing staff also won a Writers Guild of America Award for Best New Series and were nominated for the award Best Dramatic Series at the February 2008 ceremony for their work on the first season.[22][23][24] They were nominated for the WGA award for Best Dramatic Series a second time at the February 2009 ceremony for their work on the second season.[25] Weiner and the writing staff won the WGA Award for Best Drama Series (after being nominated for the third consecutive year) at the February 2010 ceremony for their work on the third season.[26][27] Weiner was also twice nominated for the WGA award for episodic drama at the February 2010 ceremony for his work on "The Grown-Ups" (with co-writer Brett Johnson) and "Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency" (with Robin Veith).[26]

Weiner's first feature film, Are You Here, filmed in North Carolina, premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and was released in 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Weiner is married to architect Linda Brettler. Marten, one of his four sons, plays the recurring role of Glen Bishop on Mad Men.[1] Weiner currently resides in Los Angeles.[15] He was a one-day champion on the quiz show Jeopardy![14][28]

Works[edit]

Television[edit]

Becker
Title Year Credit Notes
"Stumble in the Bronx" 1999 Writer
"Blind Curve" 1999 Writer
"For Whom the Toll Calls" 2000 Writer
"The Wrong Man" 2000 Writer
"Pretty Poison" 2001 Writer
"The Ugly Truth" 2001 Writer
"Psycho Therapy" 2001 Writer
"The Ghost of Christmas Presents" 2001 Writer
In-Laws
Title Year Credit Notes
"Love Is the Key" 2002
  • Teleplay
  • Story, with Mark Reisman
Andy Richter Controls the Universe
Title Year Credit Notes
"The Maid Man" 2003 Writer
The Sopranos
Title Year Credit Notes
"Rat Pack" 2004 Writer
"Sentimental Education" 2004 Writer
"Unidentified Black Males" 2004 Writer, with Terence Winter Nominated, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
"The Test Dream" 2004 Writer, with David Chase
"Mayham" 2006 Writer
"Luxury Lounge" 2006 Writer
"Moe n' Joe" 2006 Writer
"Kaisha" 2006 Writer, with David Chase and Terence Winter
"Soprano Home Movies" 2007 Writer, with David Chase and Diane Frolov & Andrew Schneider
"Chasing It" 2007 Writer
"Kennedy and Heidi" 2007 Writer, with David Chase Nominated, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
"The Blue Comet" 2007 Writer, with David Chase
Mad Men
Title Year Credit Notes
"Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" 2007 Writer
  • Winner, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
  • Series premiere
"Ladies Room" 2007 Writer
"5G" 2007 Writer
"Shoot" 2007 Writer, with Chris Provenzano
"Long Weekend" 2007 Writer, with Bridget Bedard and Andre Jacquemetton & Maria Jacquemetton
"Indian Summer" 2007 Writer, with Tom Palmer
"The Wheel" 2007
  • Writer, with Robin Veith
  • Director
  • Nominated, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
  • Season 1 finale
"For Those Who Think Young" 2008 Writer Season 2 premiere
"Flight 1" 2008 Writer, with Lisa Albert
"The Benefactor" 2008 Writer, with Rick Cleveland
"Maidenform" 2008 Writer
"A Night to Remember" 2008 Writer, with Robin Veith Nominated, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
"Six Month Leave" 2008 Writer, with Andre Jacquemetton & Maria Jacquemetton Nominated, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
"The Inheritance" 2008 Writer, with Lisa Albert & Marti Noxon
"The Jet Set" 2008 Writer Nominated, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
"The Mountain King" 2008 Writer, with Robin Veith
"Meditations in an Emergency" 2008
  • Writer, with Kater Gordon
  • Director
  • Winner, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
  • Season 2 finale
"Out of Town" 2009 Writer Season 3 premiere
"Love Among the Ruins" 2009 Writer, with Cathryn Humphris
"My Old Kentucky Home" 2009 Writer, with Dahvi Waller
"The Arrangements" 2009 Writer, with Andrew Colville
"Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency" 2009 Writer, with Robin Veith Nominated, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
"Seven Twenty Three" 2009 Writer, with Andre Jacquemetton & Maria Jacquemetton
"Souvenir" 2009 Writer, with Lisa Albert
"Wee Small Hours" 2009 Writer, with Dahvi Waller
"The Color Blue" 2009 Writer, with Kater Gordon
"The Gypsy and the Hobo" 2009 Writer, with Marti Noxon & Cathryn Humphris
"The Grown-Ups" 2009 Writer, with Brett Johnson
"Shut the Door. Have a Seat" 2009
  • Writer, with Erin Levy
  • Director
  • Winner, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
  • Season 3 finale
"Public Relations" 2010 Writer Season 4 premiere
"Christmas Come But Once a Year" 2010 Writer, with Tracy McMillan
"The Good News" 2010 Writer, with Jonathan Abrahams
"The Rejected" 2010 Writer, with Keith Huff
"Waldorf Stories" 2010 Writer, with Brett Johnson
"The Suitcase" 2010 Writer Nominated, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
"The Summer Man" 2010 Writer, with Lisa Albert & Janet Leahy
"The Beautiful Girls" 2010 Writer, with Dahvi Waller
"Hands and Knees" 2010 Writer, with Jonathan Abrahams
"Tomorrowland" 2010
  • Writer, with Jonathan Igla
  • Director
Season 4 finale
"A Little Kiss" 2012 Writer Season 5 premiere, two-part episode
"Tea Leaves" 2012 Writer, with Erin Levy
"Mystery Date" 2012 Writer, with Victor Levin
"Signal 30" 2012 Writer, with Frank Pierson
"Far Away Places" 2012 Writer, with Semi Chellas Nominated, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
"Lady Lazarus" 2012 Writer
"Christmas Waltz" 2012 Writer, with Victor Levin
"The Other Woman" 2012 Writer, with Semi Chellas Nominated, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
"The Phantom" 2012
  • Writer, with Jonathan Igla
  • Director
Season 5 finale
"The Doorway" 2013 Writer Season 6 premiere, two-part episode
"Collaborators" 2013 Writer, with Jonathan Igla
"The Flood" 2013 Writer, with Tom Smuts
"For Immediate Release" 2013 Writer
"Man With a Plan" 2013 Writer, with Semi Chellas
"The Crash" 2013 Writer, with Jason Grote
"The Better Half" 2013 Writer, with Erin Levy
"A Tale of Two Cities" 2013 Writer, with Janet Leahy
"Favors" 2013 Writer, with Semi Chellas
"In Care Of" 2013
  • Writer, with Carly Wray
  • Director
Season 6 finale
"Time Zones" 2014 Writer Season 7 premiere
"A Day's Work" 2014 Writer, with Jonathan Igla
"Field Trip" 2014 Writer, with Heather Jeng Bladt
"The Runaways" 2014 Writer, with David Iserson
"Waterloo" 2014
  • Writer, with Carly Wray
  • Director
Season 7 mid-season finale
"Severance" 2015 Writer Season 7 mid-season premiere
"New Business" 2015 Writer, with Tom Smuts
"The Forecast" 2015 Writer, with Jonathan Igla
"Time & Life" 2015 Writer, with Erin Levy
"Lost Horizons" 2015 Writer, with Semi Chellas
"The Milk and Honey Route" 2015 Writer, with Carly Wray

Director

"Person to Person" 2015
  • Writer
  • Director
Series finale

Film[edit]

Title Year Credit Notes
Are You Here 2013
  • Writer
  • Director

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Augustyn, Adam. "Matthew Weiner: American writer and producer". Britannica.com. Retrieved May 21, 2015. 
  3. ^ It's His Mad, Mad World, WSJ profiles Matt Weiner. By David Mermelstein. March 28, 2013. Retrieved April 5, 2013.
  4. ^ Henneberger, Melinda (2011-09-19). "Emmys: ‘Mad Men,' ‘Modern Family' in a ho-hum year of repeats". The Washington Post. 
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  8. ^ Wyatt, Edward (2009-09-21). "Familiarity and a Few Surprises at the Emmys". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  9. ^ "Awards for Matthew Weiner", IMDb page.
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  12. ^ "The 2011 Time 100". Time. 2011-04-22. 
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  17. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (March 7, 2012). "The Top Man at ‘Mad Men’ Isn’t Mad Anymore". The New York Times. Retrieved July 13, 2012. 
  18. ^ a b Steinberg, Jacques (July 18, 2007). "In Act 2, the TV Hit Man Becomes a Pitch Man". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-22. 
  19. ^ "Primetime Emmy Awards nominations for 2009". Emmys.com. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  20. ^ "Primetime Emmy Awards nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series". Emmys.com. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  21. ^ "Primetime Emmy Awards nominations for 2012 - Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  22. ^ "2008 Writers Guild Awards Television & Radio Nominees Announced". WGA. 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  23. ^ Perry, Byron (2007-12-12). "WGA announce TV, radio nominees". Variety. Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  24. ^ "HBO tops WGA awards list with five noms". The Hollywood Reporter. 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-13. [dead link]
  25. ^ "2009 Writers Guild Awards Television, Radio, News, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation Nominees Announced". WGA. 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  26. ^ a b Gregg Mitchell & Sherry Goldman (2009). "2010 Writers Guild Awards Television, Radio, News, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation Nominees Announced". Writers Guild of America. Archived from the original on 2012-05-25. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  27. ^ "Writers Guild Awards – 2010 Awards Winners". Writers Guild of America. 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-05-25. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  28. ^ "5 Things to Know About 'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner". The Hollywood Reporter. 2011-03-29. 

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