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Award-winning Documentary Producer-Writer-Director and Executive Producer; Television Journalist. · Teaches, mentors and coaches students privately and in university courses on documentary production, film history, broadcast journalism; Script-Doctor who counsels documentary makers on structure and strategy · Develops innovative program formats that become models for industry, takes ideas from concept to completion. · Manages creative staff and technical production, delivers high-quality programs under tight budgets and deadlines. · Special skills in talent development, public policy issues, anticipating audience tastes.
PRODUCING, WRITING &
The MacNeil/Lehrer Report, Founding
Producer, 200+ programs
Created original program format for The Robert MacNeil Report that became
The MacNeil/Lehrer Report. Created viewer-friendly storytelling approaches
to provide clearer in-depth news analysis. Supervised reporters. Produced
original documentaries. Won Emmy, Peabody and duPont Awards.
Listening to America, Executive Producer,
27 hours - Earned critical acclaim for elevating "dialogue of democracy"
during 1992 election year.
Sports For Sale, Producer-writer-director,
3-hour PBS event that included 90-minute documentary, live discussion
and call-in program.
Bill Moyers' Journal, Producer, documentaries:
What's a Party For? (two-party system), Within Our Power
(energy conservation), The Oregon Attitude (environmental awareness),
This Neighborhood is Obsolete (urban decay).
Sunday Morning, Producer, 100+ segments
Profiled creative artists: David Hockney, Yo Yo Ma, Charles Dutoit,
Leontyne Price, Dizzy Gillespie, Willem de Kooning et al. Produced topical
Sunday Morning Cover Stories in 10 days.
Sixty Minutes, Producer for Harry Reasoner
Produced stories on airline pilots' retirement age, campaign finance
reform, environmental activists Amory & Hunter Lovins and maternity
Assignment America, Producer for Studs
Created show concept: documentary profiles of people connected to topics
of national importance.
INDEPENDENT AND FREELANCE PRODUCTIONS
Ethics in Sports – a CBS Religion Special, hosted, narrated, wrote and produced.
Unraveling of a Candidate, New York Times Television for Discovery Channel “Spotlight”
Sid at 90, the “undisputed star” of the 2003 New York Jewish Film Festival (NY Daily News)
New York in Song, a 90-minute post 9/11/01 television cabaret tribute to New York City.
net.LEARNING, a two-hour PBS special, won Education Writers Assn. reporting award.
“Topless Cellist” Charlotte Moorman, a documentary profile of the avant-garde artist.
PROJECT MANAGEMENT &
The Dick Cavett Show, Executive Producer
Created "big show" network-look within tight PBS budget; reduced
costs through innovative resource management; successfully marketed
program, sold it for another season to PBS stations.
Project Literacy U.S., Producer-writer,
three national PBS documentaries
Revamped program concept, made host-narrator integral to story, not
simply an add-on celebrity. Convinced high-profile actors to host documentaries
- Pat Morita on mentoring, One Plus One; Phylicia Rashad on children's
literacy, First Things First.
Hoop Dreams, Script-Doctor
Reshaped four-hour rough-cut, gave director Steve James six pages of
detailed notes on how to clarify story line, tighten structure of what
became an award-winning theatrical documentary.
Scoundrels! Scalawags! & Saviors! -- The Good Old Days
at New York's City Hall, Producer-Director
Edited WABC-TV Eyewitness News correspondent Milton Lewis' script into
10-part Emmy Award-winning series; updated, re-edited as documentary.
Created ground-breaking technique, replaced "stand-ups" with
on-camera action-narratives: had Lewis ride in hansom cab, open top
hat at City Hall, bring flowers to Boss Tweed's grave, etc.
net.LEARNING, Executive Producer, Producer-Writer
Revised concept, improved proposal, reported new stories and submitted
rewritten document to Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to receive $1.l million
to produce two-hour PBS documentary about online college education.
NEW TALENT DEVELOPMENT & JOURNALISM EDUCATION
Inside Story with Hodding Carter, Senior
Trained respected print-journalist and State Department spokesman to
become on-air TV talent. Supervised staff, post-production, for 8 programs
of pilot series. Series ran for 8 years.
WABC-TV Eyewitness News, Discovered
Rose Ann Scamardella
Responded to concerns for newsroom diversity and News Director's complaints
that he couldn't find an Italian-American correspondent; found Rose
Ann, personnel director of shipping company; coached her, worked with
her. She became news anchor and so famous that Gilda Radnor parodied
her as "Rose Ann Roseannadanna" on Saturday Night Live.
Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Forums, Producer-Writer-Director
Improved presentation, re-launched series of seminars produced as high-quality,
cutting-edge issue TV programs distributed by PBS for broadcast, classroom
use including Journalists, Lawyers & Public Officials: Overcoming
Public Mistrust; Money, Humor & Spin In Election 2000; Journalists
In A Time Of Crisis: Watchdogs Or Lapdogs?
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Adjunct Professor
Developed & co-taught documentary seminar, Spring, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012; mentored students making documentaries, Summer 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & Fall 2012; created Video Profiles course, taught Spring 2010;
organized DocFest of completed student videos & documentary screening series, Fall 2009, 2010, 2011; created Video Profiles course, taught Spring 2010; Taught “Introduction to Broadcast” to 2-Year degree students, Fall 1997; “Producing Television Newsmagazine Stories" to School of International & Public Affairs students, Fall 1993. Used functional context approach to “immerse” students and stimulate learning.
Sarah Lawrence College, Mentor, Interviewer, Presenter
Teaching Private Study Students interested in documentary video editing, research, fundraising and distribution, 2013-2014; Showed clips from my independent films and spoke on panel about copyright, fundraising for course in Legal and Business Issues for Artists, Winter 2014. Counseled student and faculty on their TedxSLC presentations; moderated To Be Heard documentary panel, Spring 2013.
New York University Graduate Journalism Program, Adjunct Professor
Taught "The Journalistic Tradition: Documentary History and Strategy" to Broadcast Journalism majors and others, Spring 2007, 2006, 2005.
2013 - 2009 Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
2014 - 1993 Priority Productions, Inc.
2007 - 2005 New York University
2004 - 2004 New York Times Television; CBS News Religion Unit
1993 - 1990 Public Affairs Television, Inc.
1989 - 1987 Freelance Producer
1987 - 1980 CBS News
1980 - 1973 Educational Broadcasting Corporation, Inc.
Writers Guild Of America, East; National Academy of TV Arts & Sciences, Board of Governors, NY Chapter, 2005-2007; The New York Film/Video Council, President, 2004-2010 and 1999-2001, Board of Directors, 1997-99, 2001-03, 2010-2012; Dartmouth College, A.B., Government cum laude, 1962; Columbia University, M.S., Journalism, with honors, 1965.
Columbia Journalism School, The Dartmouth (College) newspaper, and Omaha Central High School have honored Weinberg with Distinguished Alumni Awards.
CURRENT MAJOR PROJECT
Nam June Paik & TV LAB: License to Create – a feature-length documentary & website about creativity and innovation in public television at Thirteen/WNET New York, 1972-1984. (see http://fiscal.ifp.org/project.cfm/289/Nam-June-Paik--TV-Lab-License-to-Create & www.tv-lab.org)The Rockefeller Foundation and New York State Council on the Arts have awarded it grants. The Independent Feature Project selected it for “Spotlight on Documentaries” at Independent Film Week in New York, Sept. 14-19, 2008; See www.howardweinberg.net.