Longtime literary agent Lew Weitzman died June 30 at the age of 75. During his 40-plus year career Weitzman represented dozens of TV and film writers including Dallas producer/writer Leonard Katzman, Smokey And The Bandit and The Green Berets scribe James Lee Barrett, Jim Byrnes, John McGreevey, John Baskin, Roger Shulman, Jay Moriarty, Mike Milligan, Ann Beckett, Paul Cooper, and Dick Christie. Weitzman started out at MCA then in 1966 moved on to the William Morris Agency where he spent the next seven years specializing in writers and producers. Weitzman formed his own agency, Lew Weitzman and Associates which he sold in 1983 to the Sy Fisher Company, a division of Taft Entertainment. He became head of the agency unit, and remained there until the Writers Guild strike in 1988. He later formed Preferred Artists Agency, where his son Paul Weitzman currently is a literary agent. His other son, TV writer Matt Weitzman is a co-creator of American Dad!, along with Mike Barker and Seth MacFarlane. A memorial service will be held for Lew Weitzman at 2 PM, Wednesday, July 24, at the Directors Guild of America, 7920 Sunset Boulevard.
R.I.P. Lew Weitzman
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