Through their Washington, DC production company (Screenscope), Marilyn and Hal Weiner have produced, written, and directed over 225 documentaries and four public television series (Journey To Planet Earth, Women At Work, Faces Of Man and The World Of Cooking). They have also produced three feature films (Family Business, The Imagemaker, and K2).
The Weiners have won Emmy Awards for The Earth Summit Pledge, commissioned by the United Nations to open the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, and Streets of Sorrow, an NBC documentary about a support group that helps people cope with the violent death of a family member.
They are recipients of the National Academy of Television Arts and Science's Silver Circle Award for "outstanding contributions to the television industry." Marilyn Weiner is the winner of Women-In-Film's "Women of Vision Award" for creative excellence.
In a contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, Hal Weiner won first prize at the 18th annual Larry Neal Writers' Competition for his dramatic screenplay, The Jerusalem Syndrome. Mr. Weiner also won first prize in the Washington DC Screenwriting Competition for his feature film script Shadows. The Weiners have also won over 130 top international awards, including 39 CINE Golden Eagles.
Marilyn Weiner was appointed by Mayors Anthony Williams and Marion Barry to serve as a DC Commissioner for the Arts and Humanities for six years. She is on the Board of Directors of Filmfest DC. Ms. Weiner served on the Board of Directors of the Committee To Promote Washington, DC, the Washington Urban League, Women-In-Film and the Woolly Mammoth Theater Company. She has been President of the Washington Film Council, Vice-President of Women-In-Film, consultant to the National Commission on Working Women, Chairperson of the Advisory Committee to the Washington Office of Motion Picture Development, and Panelist for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Science Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Prior to forming Screenscope, Ms. Weiner taught high school French. She has a B.S. and a Ph.D. (honorary) from Potsdam University.
Hal Weiner is the founder of the Independent Media Producer's Association. He served on the Board of Directors of the Council on Non-Theatrical Events and the Washington Urban League. He was on the Board of Advisors of the Institute for Mental Health Initiatives and was an Honorary Advisor to American University's School of Communications. Several years ago he was invited to testify before the House of Representative's Commerce Committee about national security issues and the availability of the world's drinking water. Mr. Weiner is often a guest lecturer at area universities and organizations about the art of film production. Before forming Screenscope he produced and distributed educational films for a division of Universal Pictures. Mr. Weiner has a BBA degree from the City College of New York.
Through the early 1980s, Marilyn & Hal Weiner produced over a dozen after-school dramas for PBS and documentaries for major corporations and non-profit organizations. During this period, the Weiners also established an international film distribution division. Overseeing a staff of twenty, including marketing and advertising specialists, they produced and acquired over 500 titles. In 1983 they sold their distribution subsidiary to Gulf & Western, enabling them to devote their full energies to producing feature films and high profile documentaries for prime-time television, primarily for PBS. Their films have been shot on location in more than 30 countries on five continents, translated into numerous languages and broadcast throughout the world.