Co-President & CEO, True Entertainment and Original Media
Emmy award-winning producer Steven Weinstock is the co-president and co-CEO of both True Entertainment and Original Media, two of television’s leading producers of unscripted and scripted programming. Weinstock co-founded True Entertainment in 2000, alongside business and producing partner Glenda Hersh. Endemol acquired the mega-successful True in 2003, and in 2015, Weinstock (along with Hersh), also assumed the helm of Original Media (also an Endemol Shine North America company). Weinstock and Hersh now lead creative, development, programming and operations for both companies.
An innovator in the industry, Weinstock has created franchises in nearly every unscripted genre, including documentary, docusoap, competition, adventure, lifestyle, non-fiction and how-to. Some of True Entertainment’s hit series include the #1 rated Real Housewives of Atlanta, spin-off series Don’t Be Tardy, Real Housewives of Potomac and Shahs of Sunset (Bravo); Vanity Fair Confidential (ID); Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes (OWN); Love, Lust or Run with Stacy London (TLC); Hack My Life (TruTV); Going Deep with David Rees (Esquire); A Baby Story and Trauma: Life in the ER (TLC); and Mystery Diagnosis (Discovery Health). Original Media series include renowned Ink Master and spin-off Ink Master: Redemption (Spike); Swamp People (History); Dual Survival (Discovery); Comic Book Men (AMC); and I Love You…But I Lied (LMN).
In 1997, Weinstock co-founded and was president of New York Times Television, a unit of the New York Times Company. At NYT-TV, he created and oversaw award-winning programs for Showtime, ESPN, Discovery, TLC and other broadcasters. Among these were Trauma: Life in the ER for TLC and The Season for ESPN.
Prior to founding True Entertainment, Weinstock produced news and information programming (his news producing career began in 1975). He won his first Emmy Award in 1979 for CBS News’ CBS Reports: Murder, Teenage Style with Ed Bradley.
Weinstock also was an executive producer and development executive at PBS for eight years, producing national specials for Fred Friendly, Charlie Rose and Charlayne Hunter Gault, among others. He created and executive produced the critically acclaimed Edge series, an innovative television magazine show, hosted by ABC News correspondent, Robert Krulwich. Before that, Weinstock was the creator and executive producer of Channel 13’s Emmy Award-winning nightly public affairs show, The Eleventh Hour.
His other broadcast credits include several primetime national specials, including CBS Reports: Bittersweet Memories: A Vietnam Reunion with Bill Moyers, The Agony of Decision with Fred Friendly for PBS, and Idols of the Game, a six-hour primetime documentary mini-series for Turner Broadcasting.
Weinstock’s shows have earned a total of three Emmy awards and ten Emmy nominations.