Our Q&A with telly Jury Council Member David Weinstein

VP of Production at Complex Networks

David Weinstein is an award-winning and results-driven Head of Production with over two decades of experience working at networks, agencies and running production companies, creating broadcast, digital, and social content.

In David’s current role as VP of Production at Complex Networks, he oversees branded and editorial production, as well the talent team.

David is a collaborator first and foremost and pushes his teams to create fresh and relevant content on all mediums and across every discipline, constantly exploring and developing new ways to tell stories on existing and emerging platforms.

What piece of video/television has recently inspired you?

I really loved the Travis Scott Documentary “Look Mom, I Can Fly”, directed by White Trash Tyler.   It’s a beautiful piece of filmmaking, and shows the vulnerabilities of a larger-than-life artist. That’s something you rarely see, and I’d like to see more of it.   The way the director weaves archival footage from Travis’ youth with new footage was amazing, and the whole piece had an ethereal feel that captured the essence of his artistry.  Really beautiful all-around.

 What is most exciting for you at the moment within your industry?

 The most exciting thing for me right now is the continued democratization of content and access to technology across the internet.  Every athlete, musician, artist, and seemingly every kid in the world with a phone is now a storyteller with the ability to reach (and impact) the masses, without having to rely on a production company or a network to get their voice or vision out there.  It can be scary for those in traditional media (yes, a media company is now traditional media) because it’s a challenge to how we create content, but I embrace it and look to those new creators as inspiration. When it’s authentic, well done, and doesn’t cost a ton, that’s an inspiration for what’s possible.

 What is one thing the Telly Awards community should know about you?

I tell a lot of war stories around the office, but to be honest, I love what I do and my favorite part of my job is telling other people’s stories.  I’ve spent my life behind the camera because of that passion. There’s something humbling about being given the opportunity to tell the story about another person.  

What is a piece of work you are most proud to have worked on?

I’ve been really lucky to have had the chance to get my hands on so much amazing work over the years.  I appreciate the process of creating. And the people that I get to work with, that’s who I’m most proud of.   Hopefully, they’re proud to have worked with me as well.