Peter Werner

Academy Award-winner Peter Werner joined the Graduate Screenwriting faculty after nearly 50 years in the film industry. Werner is known as one of the most highly regarded director-producers in television today, with credits including “Ghost Whisperer,” “Medium,” “Moonlighting,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “The Wonder Years,” “Elementary,” “The Blacklist” and “Blue Bloods.” 


  • Has lectured or taught at Savannah College of Art and Design, Antioch University, the University of California at Los Angeles, University of Southern California, American Film Institute, Dartmouth and Vassar.

Career Highlights

  • Created a documentary portrait of Frances Flaherty, widow of the great “father of documentaries” Robert Flaherty, titled “Frances Flaherty: Hidden and Seeking,” which aired on PBS.
  • Directed documentaries, pilots, TV movies and a plethora of episodic television series including “A Different World,” “Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story,” “Moonlighting,” “Army Wives,” “Grimm,” “The Mysteries of Laura” and “Six.”
  • Produced several television movies including “Gracie's Choice” and “Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy,” along with the television series “Proof,” starring Jennifer Beals. 

Awards, Recognitions and Honors

  • Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film: American Film Institute student film, In the Region of Ice,” shown at the New York Film Festival.
  • American Cinema Editors (ACE) Cable Award for directing the HBO film The Image, starring Albert Finney, John Mahoney and Brad Pitt.
  • Four Primetime Emmy Award nominations:
    • Directing - Drama Series for Moonlighting”
    • Directing - Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special for LBJ: The Early Years
    • Directing - Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special for Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story 
    • Television Movie for Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy"
  • Three Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award nominations:
    • Directing - Comedy Series for Moonlighting
    • TV Film/Miniseries for Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes
    • TV Film/Miniseries for Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story


  • Directors Guild of America


MFAAmerican Film Institute

MAAntioch University

BADartmouth College