Career Achievement Award Jerry Weintraub


Jerry Weintraub has been one of the most influential producers in Hollywood for over 50 years. As an agent, manager and concert organiser, Weintraub worked with such greats as Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra before moving into the film business. The Zurich Film Festival honours him for his life’s work as a producer. 

 Born in New York in 1937, Weintraub’s career began in the music industry. After working as an agent for MCA, at the age of 26 he was given the responsibility of producing Elvis Presley’s legendary arena tour. By the ‘70s, he had become the world’s most successful concert organiser: He promoted the careers of artists such as Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, The Carpenters and The Beach Boys. He also discovered and managed John Denver.

 An Eye for Directing and Acting Talent

Weintraub’s first work as producer was with Robert Altman’s ensemble film NASHVILLE (1975), which, to the surprise of many, was nominated for several Oscars. He continued to follow his nose for great talent and went on to produce Barry Levinson’s debut DINER in 1982. The film became a springboard for the careers of such renowned actors as Mickey Rourke and Kevin Bacon. In 1984, Weintraub celebrated one of his most commercially successful films ever, THE KARATE KID. He produced both the movie series and the 2010’s remake, starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan.

The Ocean’s Trilogy

Directed by Steven Soderbergh, Weintraub’s OCEAN’S ELEVEN brought together some of the biggest Hollywood stars of our time, including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts. The film was followed by sequels OCEAN’S TWELVE (2004) and OCEAN’S THIRTEEN (2007). Weintraub is currently producing a film about the pianist and entertainer, Liberace. The film will be directed by Steven Soderbergh and star Michael Douglas and Matt Damon.

Jerry Weintraub will accept the Career Achievement Award in person on September 26, 2012 – his 75th birthday – at the cinema corso. Secure your tickets now! The Zurich Film Festival celebrates the producer and filmmaker with a retrospective screening of his most important films.