May 20, 2015
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Matthew Weiner, creator, executive producer, writer, and director of the critically acclaimed drama Mad Men, is one of the television industry’s most esteemed showrunners. Weiner spent nearly a third of his life nurturing and bringing Mad Men to life – a show that has been touted as “a television drama with all the ingredients of the great American novel” (Telegraph). Just days after the series finale, Weiner will be joined by novelist A.M. Homes in a reflection on the characters and themes in Mad Men in his first public discussion of the show from beginning to end.
MATTHEW WEINER serves as creator, Executive Producer, writer and director on the critically acclaimed drama Mad Men, which has become one of television’s most honored shows. In 2011, it joined an elite group when it became only the fourth drama to be awarded four consecutive Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Drama Series, and has received countless other nods, including 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 seven years running to AFI’s Top 10 Outstanding Television Programs. Weiner has been awarded for outstanding writing, efforts behind the camera, and his 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, and served as an Executive Producer and writer on The Sopranos, and as writer on various television comedy series including The Naked Truth, Becker, and Andy Richter Controls the Universe. Weiner currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, architect Linda Brettler, and their four sons.
A.M. HOMES is the author of the novels, This Book Will Save Your Life, Music For Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers, and Jack, as well as the short-story collections, Things You Should Know and The Safety of Objects, the best selling memoir, The Mistress’s Daughter along with a travel memoir, Los Angeles: People, Places and The Castle on the Hill, and the artist’s book Appendix A. She has also created original television pilots for HBO, FX and CBS and was a writer/producer of the Showtime series The L Word. Additionally, Homes wrote the adaptation of her first novel JACK, for Showtime. Director Rose Troche’s 2003 adaptation of The Safety of Objects marks the screen debut of Kristen Stewart. Other Homes novels currently in development include, In A Country of Mothers, Music For Torching and This Book Will Save Your Life. A.M. Homes has been the recipient of numerous awards including Fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, NYFA, and The Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library, along with the Benjamin Franklin Award, and the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis. In addition she has been active on the Boards of Directors of Yaddo, The Fine Arts Work Center In Provincetown, The Writers Room, and PEN-where she chairs both the membership committee and the Writers Fund. Additionally she serves on the Presidents Council for Poets and Writers. A.M. Homes was born in Washington D.C., she now lives in New York City and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Princeton.
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