A three-decade veteran of the entertainment industry both on set and behind a keyboard, David Weiner (pronounced Why-ner) is a content producer, an acclaimed documentary filmmaker, a magazine editor-in-chief, an online senior editor, and an award-winning journalist. 

David is the director/writer/producer of the IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS trilogy for CreatorVC, which debuted in 2019 as a critically acclaimed four-and-a-half-hour documentary about ’80s horror movies. Its long-form sequels IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS: PART II (2020) and IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS: PART III (2022) were both also highly lauded by fans and critics alike and extended the journey through ’80s horror cinema to an epic 14-and-a-half hour film experience. The trilogy can be seen on Shudder, Amazon Prime and AMC+.

IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS: ’90s is in development.

David also is the director/writer/producer of IN SEARCH OF TOMORROW, a five-hour documentary about ’80s Sci-Fi movies, and is developing the follow-up, IN SEARCH OF TOMORROW: PART II.

He is also Executive Producer of the ALIENS EXPANDED documentary, currently in the works…

(Read David’s interviews in FORBES talking about In Search of Darkness: Part II and talking about completing the In Search of Darkness trilogy; and in THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER talking about In Search of Darkness: Part III and In Search of Tomorrow; other recent press interviews include RUE MORGUE and FANGORIA)

He was executive editor (editor-in-chief) of the iconic Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine from 2015 to 2016, earning the prestigious Rondo Hatton Award two years in a row for Best Classic Magazine.

Prior to Famous Monsters, David logged 13 years working in the trenches at ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT (TV’s longest-running, No. 1 syndicated entertainment news show) writing about and interviewing celebrities and filmmakers as Senior Editor of ETonline.

Creator of the critically acclaimed, multi-Rondo-nominated IT CAME FROM… (ItCameFromBlog.com) retro genre pop-culture site, David has hosted and moderated Comic-Con International panels and screening Q&A’s at Arclight Cinemas, the historic Alex Theatre, and other venues; is a frequent guest on various podcasts; and has appeared on camera for multiple junkets, red carpet events, and segment interviews.

He has written pieces for such reputable outlets as The Hollywood Reporter (as a regular contributor to Heat Vision), Variety, L.A. WeeklyEntertainment Tonight, The InsiderYahoo, AOLFandango, Famous Monsters of Filmland, Hollywood.com, WonderScourThe Old Man Club, The Order of the Hexagon and more.

David was the one who broke the news, worldwide, that Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher were returning to STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS — a full year before Disney announced it officially — because Hamill told him so.

Interested in having David speak to your college class? Feel free to ask — he’s usually happy to take the time if his schedule permits. Recent Q&As include Columbia College Chicago (Semester in Hollywood); Ithaca College; MiraCosta College; and California State University, San Marcos.

David has held countless exciting entertainment jobs, both behind a keyboard and on a Hollywood movie set: from being a “towel wrangler” on CAST AWAY with Tom Hanks, to key positions as an assistant director, locations, art department and P.A. in film, television, commercials and music videos; and working for years as a script reader/story analyst consultant for various industry production companies and talent agencies.

A board advisor to The Alex Film Society‘s annual Halloween screening event, David was a Special Jury Member at the Fantasmagoria Film Festival (alongside filmmakers Kier-La Janisse and Adam Green) in the 2022 Documentary Feature Category.

Also a 2015 Rondo Hatton Award winner for Best Interview of the Year (with Mel Brooks for the 40th anniversary of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN), and 2016 Writer of the Year runner-up alongside Best Article (“The Great American Werewolf Reunion”) runner-up at the Rondos that year, David is passionate about film, TV, music, and pop culture, to which he applies a wealth of knowledge when it comes to entertainment trivia and arcane factoids.

He naturally gravitates to the retro nostalgia of the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, and decades of the past, and considers himself to be a “nostalgia curator.”


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