Matthew Weiner – Creator/Executive Producer/Writer/Director
Matthew Weiner most recently served 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. In addition, Mad Men was Emmy®-nominated for Outstanding Drama Series consecutively from 2008 – 2015 and received an overall total of 116 Emmy® nominations during the show’s eight seasons. Additional honors for the series include: three Golden Globe® Awards for Best Television Drama Series; a Peabody Award; three Producers Guild Awards; five Writers Guild Awards; two BAFTA Awards; five Television Critics Association Awards, including Program of the Year; and being named on AFI’s Top 10 Outstanding Television Programs for seven consecutive years in addition to receiving a special award at the 2016 luncheon for the show’s final season.
Weiner has been nominated for a total of 13 Emmys for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series including as a double nominee for final season’s “Lost Horizon,” written with Semi Chellas, and the series finale, “Person to Person,” which Weiner also directed. 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. Most recently, Weiner and the show’s writing team won the 2016 WGA Award for Best Dramatic Series for the show’s final season.
Weiner has also received Directors Guild nominations for his efforts behind the camera including for the series finale, “Person to Person,” “Meditations in an Emergency” in Season 2 and the Season 3 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 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 Baltimore, 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.