Scott Weinberger - Founder and CEO
Scott Weinberger has had a unique career. The CEO and founder of Weinberger Media has developed successful scripted and non-scripted programming. He has been an executive producer and investigative reporter, winning three Emmy Awards along the way. Before working in television, Weinberger served as a Deputy Sheriff for Broward County, Florida. While serving in law enforcement, he received numerous commendations for his work in patrol, K-9 and other investigative positions. He was also featured as an officer on the long-running syndicated program, Cops. While assigned to the U.S. Marshal Service Strike Taskforce, Weinberger spent several months chasing the southeast’s most wanted fugitives. His work for the Marshal Service inspired an idea for a television series. He believed in the project so much, he took a leave of absence from law enforcement to make the show a reality. It was a gamble, but it paid off. Weinberger teamed up with executive producer Don Johnson to develop a scripted show based on the U.S. Marshal Service. The Marshal, starring Jeff Fahey, was sold to Paramount Television and ABC.
Weinberger returned to law enforcement, but by now he had officially caught the tv bug. When local reporters approached him to produce a story on how a cop developed a successful tv show, Weinberger was inspired again. He was intrigued by the behind-the-scenes work of the reporters and their crews. He thought, “I’d like to do that.” Weinberger decided to leave law enforcement for good. He became a reporter for WPBF, an ABC station in West Palm Beach, Florida. Weinberger’s background in law enforcement, along with his tenacity, made him an ideal crime reporter. The quality of his work was quickly recognized and he received an offer to work in the nation’s number one market, New York City. Weinberger joined WNBC-TV as an investigative reporter and then moved on to WCBS-TV, where he was named chief investigative reporter.
In New York, Weinberger’s trademark was breaking big stories and booking big interviews. He scored an exclusive prison interview with David Berkowitz, the infamous Son of Sam. The interview ran as a multi-part series on the 30th anniversary of Berkowitz’s murderous reign of terror. The Series gave WCBS-TV its highest sweeps numbers ever and earned Weinberger an Emmy nomination. Also while at WCBS-TV, Weinberger reported on lax security at a nuclear power plant. Catching a security guard literally sleeping on the job became a big story. His investigation was featured on the front page of the Washington Post and earned him an Emmy for best hard news series. A year later, Weinberger received four more Emmy nominations and won for, Red Light Rabbi, a four month investigation that uncovered an abuse of power by a New York religious leader. Weinberger’s reporting resulted in the City of NY revamping its rules on emergency vehicles. In 2009, Weinberger won another Emmy for his investigation of a Queens, New York woman who hired a hitman to murder her dentist husband. Weinberger and his crew captured exclusive video of the woman being arrested. In all, Weinberger has received nine Emmy nominations and has won the coveted trophy three times.
During Weinberger’s award-winning tenure as an investigative reporter, he connected with friend and executive producer, Scott Sternberg and together, the two developed the successful reality TV series, The Academy which began airing in 2005 on Fox Reality. In 2009, the producing partners developed On the Case with Paula Zahn, an investigative news magazine show. On the Case was sold to ID (Investigation Discovery) and has garnered the highest ratings in the network’s history. On the Case currently airs Sundays, at 10pm. In June of 2010, Weinberger was commissioned by The Discovery Channel to produce a one hour special on the Gulf oil spill. The program featured never before seen footage of the explosion at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. Weinberger Media crews were also given extensive and exclusive access to the BP crisis center as engineers tried to manage the disaster.