Magazine article Variety

Murray Weissman 1925-2015

Magazine article Variety

Murray Weissman 1925-2015

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Well-regarded Hollywood publicist and awards consultant Murray Weissman died Dec. 28 of complications from pancreatic cancer at his Los Angeles home. He was 90.

A trailblazer in the field of awards campaigning, he worked with clients including Frank Sinatra, the Television Academy, Miramax, Judy Garland, Danny Kaye, Red Skelton, Dick Van Dyke and the Smothers Brothers. He repped such hit series as "The Twilight Zone," "Gunsmoke," "Route 66," "Wyatt Earp" and "Hogan's Heroes."

He worked on the Oscar campaigns for several films that went on to win best picture: "The Sting," "Kramer vs. Kramer," "Dances With Wolves," "The English Patient," "Shakespeare in Love," "Chicago" and "Crash."

Weissman was born in Brooklyn, and moved to Los Angeles in 1936 with his family. He began his career as a publicity executive with the ABC and CBS television networks. In 1966, he moved to Universal Pictures, where he spent 10 years as chief of the motion picture publicity department - including supervising the massive PR campaign for Steven Spielberg's "Jaws," which opened in more than 400 theaters. …

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