Marc N. Weiss

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  • Founding Executive Producer of P.O.V.

Marc N. Weiss is the creator and founding Executive Producer of P.O.V.[1], American television’s longest-running series showcasing independent documentary films. Weiss is also a social-justice and climate activist.


Weiss began his career as an independent documentary filmmaker. In 1974, he became a founding board member and vice president of the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers (AIVF)[2], the first trade association of independent media producers. 
In 1988, Weiss created P.O.V.. The series, now in its 33rd season, has won every major broadcast award, including multiple Emmy and Peabody Awards.[3] [4] Weiss served as the Executive Producer until 1995.[5] 
In 1993, Weiss began experimenting with the use of the Internet to engage audiences on issues P.O.V. films explored. The 1996 interactive project "Re:Vietnam: Stories Since the War" was one of the first crowd-sourced websites.[6] Weiss left P.O.V. in 1997 to launch Web Lab, a non-profit think-tank designed to expand interactivity and social engagement in the then-infant medium.
 In 2002, he created "Crossover," a cross-media collaborative workshop designed to cross-fertilize the strengths of independent and digital media.[7] Weiss has continued his work as a producer on such projects as When Strangers Click[8] and A Fierce Green Fire[9].

Climate activism

In 2012, Weiss put his media work on hold to work full-time as a climate activist. He joined the board of the Sierra Club Foundation[10] and was the Sierra Club’s volunteer co-lead in the effort to block the Keystone XL tar-sands pipeline.[11] In New York State, Weiss helped to organize NY Renews, a statewide multi-sector coalition of over 250 groups that drafted and campaigned to pass the landmark Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.[12]


  1. P.O.V.
  2. "The History and Legacy of AIVF (Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers)". Independent Magazine. 2006-07-01.
  3. P.O.V. (TV Series 1988– ) - IMDb, retrieved 2020-12-18
  4. "Marc Weiss". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-12-18.
  5. "The View from the Top: P.O.V. Leaders on the Struggle to Create Truly Public Media". Center for Media and Social Impact.
  6. "Regarding Vietnam: Stories Since the War".
  7. Fanton, Jonathan F. (June 2006). ""Exploring the Possibilities of Technology"" (PDF).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. Bellafante, Ginia (2011-02-14). "Looking for Ms. Right, Online and in Sitcomland (Published 2011)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. Anderson, John (2012-02-11). "A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet". Variety.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. "Sierra Club Foundation Brings On Movie Producer To Board Of Directors". Sierra Club National. 2013-01-14.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. "How environmental activists turned a pipeline into a climate movement".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. McKinley, Jesse; Plumer, Brad (2019-06-18). "New York to Approve One of the World's Most Ambitious Climate Plans (Published 2019)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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