2014 Austin Film Festival and Conference Schedule
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Matthew Weiner

2014 Outstanding Television Writer award recipient; creator Mad Men; writer/producer The Sopranos, Becker; writer/director Are You Here
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 11 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.  Most 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.

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.

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 TruthBecker, and Andy Richter Controls the Universe.

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.