Producer-Director Howard Weinberg is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and television journalist whose current major project is NAM JUNE PAIK & TV LAB: License to Create – a feature-length historical and educational documentary about an innovative period in public television from 1972-1984. The Independent Feature Project selected it for “Spotlight on Documentaries” at Independent Film Week in New York, September 14-19, 2008.
The TV LAB work-in-progress is described at www.howardweinberg.net/progress/tvlab.html
Weinberg’s work with major figures in American journalism has earned him Emmy, Peabody, duPont and Polk awards. He was Founding Producer of The MacNeil/Lehrer Report, Executive Producer of The Dick Cavett Show,Creator and Producer of Assignment America with Studs Terkel,Senior Producer of Inside Story with Hodding Carter,Executive Producer of Listening to America with Bill Moyers(a 27-part election-year series), and Producer for CBS News Sunday Morning with Charles Kuralt and later with Charles Osgood and Sixty Minutes with Harry Reasoner.
He developed and taught graduate level journalism courses at New York University (“documentary film history and strategy”), at Columbia Journalism School (“documentary seminar” and “producing television news magazine stories”), and at Dartmouth College (“documentary filmmaking for secondary school teachers”). He developed a course for teaching journalism to high school students (A Jump into Journalism for Black Youth) to which the New York Times bought the rights, and he taught in Fred Friendly’s Summer Program in Broadcast Journalism for Members of Minority Groups.
A two-time winner of the National Education Writers’ Association Award for reporting documentaries, he produced four educational forums on critical issues in television and journalism in conjunction with the duPont-Columbia Awards for Broadcast Journalism.
Weinberg works as a script doctor, refining rough cuts of documentaries, notably for the award-winning documentary feature Hoop Dreams. As a creative consultant, he is often a writer, reporter, talent developer, coach and trainer. See www.script-doctor.net
He is a past President of the New York Film/Video Council, the oldest non-profit independent film organization in the United States, for which he has organized panel discussions and programs on topics of interest to the independent media community. He was elected a Governor of the New York Chapter of the Television Academy. Columbia Journalism School, The Dartmouth (College) newspaper, and Omaha Central High School have honored Weinberg with Distinguished Alumni Awards.
Weinberg’s independent productions include the documentary profile “Topless Cellist” Charlotte Moorman, the post 9/11/01 television cabaret tribute New York in Song, and the two-hour PBS documentary net. Learning. TheDaily News called the subject of his documentary profile Sid at 90 the “undisputed star” of the 2003 New York Jewish Film Festival. Recent credits include The Unraveling of a Candidate for New York Times Television and the Discovery Channel, and Ethics in Sports – a CBS Religion Special.