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.
- Created a documentary portrait of Frances Flaherty, widow of the great “father of documentaries” Robert Flaherty, titled “Frances Flaherty: Hidden and Seeking.” The documentary aired on PBS and was produced by his younger brother, Tom, who went on to create “The Cosby Show,” “Roseanne” and many others hits.
- 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
- American Film Institute student film, “In the Region of Ice,” was shown at the New York Film Festival and ultimately won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.
- Nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards: 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” and Television Movie for “Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy.”
- Won an American Cinema Editors (A.C.E.) Cable Award for directing the HBO film “The Image,” starring Albert Finney, John Mahoney and Brad Pitt.
- Nominated for three Directors Guild of America (D.G.A.) Awards: Directing - Comedy Series for “Moonlighting;” TV Film/Miniseries for “Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes;” and TV Film/Miniseries for “Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story.”
- Directors Guild of America
M.F.A.American Film Institute