Alumni Honorees

Bill WeinmanBill Weinman

B.A. Communication Studies, 1984


Bill Weinman is a Producer-Director-Editor who has lived in Los Angeles since graduating from NIU.   He has worked on major motion pictures including The Fugitive, The Abyss, JFK, and The Shawshank Redemption, and has produced and edited over 150 commercials and promos for such companies as Disney, FOX, ABC and MTV.

Never forgetting his beginnings at NIU, Weinman has returned to DeKalb to speak with students each year for the past 15 years.  He spends considerable time discussing job opportunities in film and television with students.  He talks about the importance of work ethic, a desire to succeed, and the power of a positive attitude.  Weinman truly provides a connection that he wished he had received when he was a Huskie. 

His commitment to students does not end when he leaves DeKalb.  He meets with NIU alums who move to Los Angeles and provides them with advice and assistance as they develop their own careers.   Many of these alumni are now gainfully employed at major Hollywood studios.

In short, Weinman’s long-standing commitment to NIU has helped many graduates find work in a city flooded with students from USC and UCLA striving to make it in the entertainment industry.  His mentoring has become an invaluable resource for NIU students drawn to a highly competitive industry.