Matthew Weiner

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Creator & Executive Producer, AMC's "Mad Men"

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    Matthew Weiner: Biography at a Glance

    • Creator and executive producer of the award-winning drama “Mad Men,” which received eight Emmy nominations and four wins for outstanding drama series
    • Nominated for an Emmy for outstanding writing for a drama series 13 times, winning three times
    • Executive producer and writer of the award-winning series “The Sopranos”
    • Other credits include “The Naked Truth,” “Becker,” “Andy Richter Controls the Universe” and “What Do You Do All Day?”



    Matthew Weiner serves as creator, Executive Producer, writer and director on the critically acclaimed drama Mad Men. Since the series premiere in 2007, Mad Men has become one of television’s most honored shows joining an elite group in 2011 when it became only the fourth drama to be awarded four consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series.

    Additional honors for the series include: three Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Drama Series; a Peabody Award; three Producers Guild Awards; four Writers Guild Awards; two BAFTA Awards; five Television Critics Association Awards, including Program of the Year; and being named six years running to AFI’s Top 10 Outstanding Television Programs.

    Weiner has been nominated for a total of 13 Emmy’s for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. He won the award for the series pilot, as well as for the Second Season episode, “Meditations in an Emergency,” with Kater Gordon, and for the Third Season episode, “Shut the Door. Have a Seat.” with Erin Levy. Recently, Weiner won the WGA award for Best Episodic for the Season Five episode, “The Other Woman,” with Semi Chellas.

    Weiner has also received Directors Guild nominations for his efforts behind the camera on “Meditations in an Emergency” in Season Two and the Season Three finale, “Shut the Door. Have a Seat.” In 2012, Weiner was awarded the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award, which is given annually to television professionals who exhibit extraordinary passion, leadership, independence and vision in the process of creating television programming.

    Weiner’s additional credits include serving as an Executive Producer and writer on The Sopranos, and writer on various television comedy series including The Naked Truth, Becker, and Andy Richter Controls the Universe.

    In addition to his television credits, Weiner recently wrote and directed the feature film, Are You Here, featuring complex performances from iconic comedic actors Owen Wilson, Zack Galifianakis and Amy Poehler. Are You Here is an unexpected story about family, friendship and the people who keep us afloat while facing the compromises of life.

    Born in Los Angeles, Weiner studied philosophy, literature, and history at Wesleyan University. He also earned his MFA from the University of Southern California School of Cinema and Television. Weiner currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, architect Linda Brettler, and their four sons.


    The creator of a great period television show about the ad business (who nonetheless insists "the show is not about advertising") was a perfect choice for such a gathering -- and I don't say that just because I'm already a huge fan of Mad Men. Weiner spoke for more than an hour and was relaxed, gregarious and candid.

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