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Howard Weinberg
711 West End Avenue
New York, NY 10025

p: 212-222-9539  f: 212-666-6365


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.

 

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

PRODUCING, WRITING & PROGRAM DESIGN

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.

Bill Moyers
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system), Within Our Power (energy conservation), The Oregon Attitude (environmental awareness), This Neighborhood is Obsolete (urban decay).

CBS News
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 leave laws.

Assignment America, Producer for Studs Terkel
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 & SCRIPT CONSULTING

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 Producer
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.

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

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.

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS & EDUCATION

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.

HONORS

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.  

 

 

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