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Glenn Weiss (born 1961) is an American producer and director of television and live events. He has won 14 Emmy Awards and six Directors Guild of America awards as a director and producer for various awards shows and reality shows including the Tony Awards, Kennedy Center Honors, and Academy Awards.


Early lifeEdit

Weiss was raised in a Jewish family.[1] He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1983.[2]


Weiss started his career working at the Washington, D.C. bureau of CNN before becoming a producer and director at Fox affiliate WTTG. His first national credit was America's Most Wanted, followed by other shows including Studs, Legends of the Hidden Temple, Gladiators 2000, and talk shows hosted by Jane Pratt and Tempestt Bledsoe in the years since.

Weiss has won 14 Emmy Awards and six Directors Guild of America Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement,[3] and has been nominated for Producers Guild of America Awards.[4]

Weiss has also directed numerous televised events, including 16 Tony Awards, 4 Academy Awards,[5] for which he has garnered three directing Primetime Emmys and has produced Primetime Emmy Awards.[6] Other directing credits include the 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, CableACE Awards, Billboard Music Awards, BET Awards, Peter Pan Live!, Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, Primetime Emmy Awards, Live from Lincoln Center, and the American Music Awards.

Personal lifeEdit

During the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on September 17, 2018, Weiss made headlines by proposing to long-time girlfriend Jan Svendsen during his acceptance speech for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special for his work on that year's Academy Awards. He proposed by saying, "You wonder why I don’t like to call you my girlfriend? Because I want to call you my wife." The ring previously belonged to his mother, who had died two and a half weeks prior. The moment was widely shared on social media platforms Twitter and Instagram.[7][8]

Weiss has two daughters from a previous marriage. As of 2018, they are aged 17 and 21.[9]


  1. ^ Bloom, Nate (September 14, 2017). "Jewish entertainers well-represented at Emmy Awards". Saint Louis Jewish Light.
  2. ^ Zitrin, Richard. (February 22, 2016)“The Five Spot: Glenn Weiss”. Broadcasting & Cable magazine.
  3. ^ "Tony Awards Director Glenn Weiss Earns His 12th Directors Guild Award Nomination". Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  4. ^ "The Five Spot: Glenn Weiss | Broadcasting & Cable". Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  5. ^ "Oscars: Glenn Weiss Returning as Ceremony Director". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  6. ^ Evans, Greg (2017-05-25). "Primetime Emmys Tap Glenn Weiss & Ricky Kirshner To Exec Produce Awards". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  7. ^ "Oscars director Glenn Weiss proposes to girlfriend during Emmys acceptance speech". Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  8. ^ Moniuszko, Sara M (2018-09-18). "First-ever Emmy Award marriage proposal sends Twitter into a frenzy: 'Best speech ever!'". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  9. ^ Coleman, Oli (September 18, 2018). "Glenn Weiss' daughters were 'blindsided' by epic Emmys proposal". Page Six. Retrieved September 24, 2018.

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