Roberto Benabib

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Roberto Benabib
Born Roberto Jack Benabib[1]
(1959-10-13) October 13, 1959 (age 55)
Mexico City, Mexico
Occupation Film director
Television writer
Television producer
Spouse Amy Marie Spindler (1998-2004)
Samantha Gregory (2007-present)[1]

Roberto Jack Benabib is a Mexican American television writer, producer and film director best known for writing/directing the 1997 comedy film Little City. He served as a writer/producer on the Showtime dark comedy series Weeds since 2005.


Born in Mexico City in 1959 to Elias and Elyssa Benabib, Roberto soon moved to New York City and graduated from the New York University film school and got his start in Hollywood as an assistant to The Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme. In 1997 he wrote and directed Little City, a romantic comedy film, for Miramax Films.[2] He was married to journalist Amy Spindler from July 11, 1998 until her death, caused by a brain tumor, on February 27, 2004. In 2005 he joined the writing staff of Weeds as a co-executive producer and in 2007, at the beginning of the third season was promoted to executive producer, where he has served ever since.

He has also served as a writer on a number of other television series, including Doctor Doctor, Herman's Head, Ally McBeal and Tilt.

The Brink[edit]

In February 2014, trade website reported that HBO had given a greenlight to the dark comedy series The Brink, co-created by Benabib and his brother, novelist Kim Benabib.[3] The series co-stars Tim Robbins and Jack Black, is produced by Jerry Weintraub, and directed by Jay Roach. It is scheduled to premiere on HBO is spring 2015.

Episodes of Weeds[edit]

  • "Good Shit Lollipop" (1.3)
  • "Last Tango in Agrestic" (2.3)
  • "Yeah. Like Tomatoes." (2.11) (with Matthew Salsberg)
  • "The Brick Dance" (3.3)
  • "Shit Highway" (3.4)
  • "Risk" (3.13) (with Rolin Jones & Matthew Salsberg)
  • "Protection" (3.14)
  • "The Three Coolers" (4.4)
  • "Head Cheese" (4.11) (with Rolin Jones & Matthew Salsberg)
  • "Till We Meet Again" (4.12) (with Rolin Jones & Matthew Salsberg)
  • "Su-Su-Sucio" (5.3) (with Matthew Salsberg)
  • "Where the Sidewalk Ends" (5.7) (with Matthew Salsberg)
  • "Dearborn-Again" (6.10) (with Matthew Salsberg)
  • "Une Mère que j'aimerais baiser" (7.11) (with Matthew Salsberg)

Awards and nominations[edit]

In 2009, Benabib received a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award when Weeds was up for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series. He and the show lost out to the NBC sitcom 30 Rock.[4]


  1. ^ a b Hilliard, Mary (October 21, 2007). "Samantha Gregory and Roberto Benabib". The New York Times. Retrieved June 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Little City (1998)". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved June 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ Nellie Andreeva, "HBO Gives Series Order To Comedy Pilot ‘The Brink’ Starring Jack Black & Tim Robbins, From Jay Roach & Jerry Weintraub,", February 11, 2014.
  4. ^ "2009 Emmy winners". The Los Angeles Times. September 21, 2009. Retrieved June 3, 2012. 

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