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Matthew Weiner (1965)

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Matthew Weiner is an American writer, director and producer of television drama. He is the creator, executive producer, head writer, and show runner of the AMC television series Mad Men. He is also noted for his work on the HBO series The Sopranos, on which he served as a writer and producer during the show's fifth and sixth seasons. Weiner has received nine Emmy Awards for his work on Mad Men and The Sopranos as well as three Golden Globe Awards for Mad Men. Mad Men has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series four consecutive years ; the Sopranos won the same award twice . Weiner was named one of the 2011 Time 100 Most Influential People In The World. In November 2011, The Atlantic named him one of 21 "Brave Thinkers".

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 early life and education
Weiner was born in 1965 in Baltimore to a Jewish family, attended The Park School of Baltimore and grew up in Los Alomos. His father was a medical researcher and chair of the neurology department at USC. His mother was a lawyer. He enrolled in the College of Letters at Wesleyan University, studying literature, philosophy, and history and earned an MFA from the University of Southern California School of Cinema and Television.

 early career
Weiner began his screenwriting career as an uncredited joke-writer for the short-lived Fox sitcom Party Girl. He is also credited as a writer on Nixon: the CD-ROM released the same year as Oliver Stone's film on the former president. He was a writer and producer on The Naked Truth and Andy Richter Controls the Universe. Weiner wrote the pilot of Mad Men in 2000 as a spec script while working as a staff writer on Becker. The Sopranos creator and executive producer David Chase offered Weiner a job as a staff writer on his show after being impressed by the script.

Weiner served as a writer and producer on The Sopranos during its final three seasons. He wrote or co-wrote a dozen episodes, including the Emmy Award-nominated episodes "Unidentified Black Males" (co-written with Terence Winter) and "Kennedy and Heidi" (co-written with David Chase). He received two Emmy Awards as a producer of The Sopranos — one for the show's fifth season in 2004 and one for the second part of the show's sixth season in 2007.

In addition to writing and producing, he acted in two episodes, "Two Tonys" and "Stage 5" as mafia expert Manny Safier, author of The Wise Guide to Wise Guys, on TV news broadcasts within the show.

Weiner also spent the hiatus between the two seasons teaching at his alma mater, the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television , where he taught an undergraduate screenwriting class on Feature Rewriting during the Fall 2004 semester.

 personal life
Weiner is married; Marten, one of his four sons, plays the recurring role of Glen Bishop on Mad Men. Weiner currently resides in Los Angeles. He was a 1-day champion on the quiz show Jeopardy!.

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