Magazine article Screen International

Awards Publicist Murray Weissman Dies Aged 90

Magazine article Screen International

Awards Publicist Murray Weissman Dies Aged 90

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Weissman was born in Brooklyn in 1925 and after a stint as a Navy radio operator during World War II he embarked on a publicity career that spanned nearly seven decades.

He began as a publicity executive with the ABC and CBS television networks where he worked with Sinatra, Garland, Danny Kaye, Red Skelton, Dick Van Dyke and the Smothers Brothers, among others.

In 1966 he moved to Universal Pictures where he spent 10 years as chief of the motion picture publicity department and oversaw the campaign for Spielberg's Jaws.

In 1981, after stints at Lorimar Productions - now part of Warner Bros Television - and Columbia Pictures, overseeing marketing on Spielberg's Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Weissman formed his own marketing and PR company.

He became an awards specialist and worked with the studios on 38 best picture nominees including The Sting, Kramer vs. Kramer, Dances With Wolves, The English Patient, Shakespeare In Love, Chicago and Crash.

In 2006, with son-in-law Rick Markovitz, Weissman formed Weissman/Markovitz Communications (WMC)

Mad Men creator Matt Weiner said: "Murray Weissman was an essential part of Mad Men. …

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