Matthew Weiner papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Matthew Weiner papers
Dates: 1997-2007
Collection Number: WGF-MS-001
Creator/Collector: Weiner, Matthew
Extent: 1.2 linear feet
Repository: Writers Guild Foundation Archive
Los Angeles, California 90048
Abstract: The Matthew Weiner papers, 1997-2007 cover Weiner’s involvement as a writer and producer with the television show The Sopranos, seasons 4, 5 and 6, and scripts from Andy Richter Controls the Universe, and The Naked Truth. The collection primarily consists of scripts, outlines and handwritten episode notes from The Sopranos.
Language of Material: English


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Preferred Citation

Matthew Weiner papers. Writers Guild Foundation Archive

Acquisition Information

Gift of Matthew Weiner, 2011

Biography/Administrative History

Matthew Weiner is the series creator and executive producer of the critically acclaimed award-winning drama Mad Men. Since the series premiere in 2007, Weiner has been nominated for nine Emmys for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series and won three times. Additionally, he 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." Prior to Mad Men, Weiner served as an executive producer and writer on The Sopranos, which won the Emmy in 2004 and 2006 for Outstanding Drama Series and also garnered Weiner an Emmy nomination with Terence Winter for Outstanding Writing in the 2004 episode “Unidentified Black Males.” He earned another Emmy nomination in 2007 for writing the episode “Kennedy and Heidi” with David Chase, and won a 2007 Writers Guild Award for the series and three PGA Golden Laurel Awards for Television Producer of the Year in Episodic. Before working on The Sopranos, Weiner wrote for various television series, including The Naked Truth, Becker, and Andy Richter Controls the Universe. He also wrote and directed the independent feature, WHAT DO YOU DO ALL DAY?(1996).

Scope and Content of Collection

The Matthew Weiner papers are arranged in two series with items dating from 1997-2007. Series I contains television scripts dating from 1997-2007 and is divided into Subseries A-The Sopranos, 2002-2007; Subseries B-Andy Richter Controls the Universe, 2002-2003 (all Andy Richter scripts are available in the WGF Library); and Subseries C-The Naked Truth, 1997-1998. The scripts in Series I are in various draft stages, and many include hand-written annotations from Matthew Weiner. Highlights of the series include several pages of hand-written legal-pad notes with insights into the development of the storylines and characters, a production draft of The Sopranos series finale “Made in America,” and two unaired episodes of Andy Richter Controls the Universe. Series II contains production materials and correspondence. Subseries A consists of research materials from The Sopranos, 2002-2006. Highlights of this series include conversation transcripts with Sopranos research consultants and research notes on the psychological influences of series protagonist, Tony Soprano.

Indexing Terms

Weiner, Matthew--Archives
Emmy Awards
Organized crime
Writers Guild of America--Awards
Television scripts
Television writers
Television producers and directors