for other people with the same name, see joshua weinstein (disambiguation).
for the mystery science theater 3000 puppeteer, see j. elvis weinstein.
weinstein in 2013
(1966-05-05) may 5, 1966 (age 53) washington, d.c., u.s.
television writer, producer
lisa simmons (1995–present)
josh weinstein (born may 5, 1966) is an american television writer and producer, known for his work on the animated comedy series the simpsons. weinstein and bill oakley became best friends and writing partners at st. albans school; weinstein then attended stanford university and was editor-in-chief of the stanford chaparral. he worked on several short-term media projects, including writing for the variety show sunday best, but was then unemployed for a long period.
weinstein and oakley eventually penned a spec script for seinfeld, after which they wrote "marge gets a job", an episode of the simpsons. subsequently, the two were hired to write for the show on a permanent basis in 1992. after they wrote episodes such as "$pringfield (or, how i learned to stop worrying and love legalized gambling)", "bart vs. australia" and "who shot mr. burns?", the two were appointed executive producers and showrunners for the seventh and eighth seasons of the show. they attempted to include several emotional episodes focusing on the simpson family, as well as several high-concept episodes such as "homer's enemy", "two bad neighbors" and "the principal and the pauper", winning three primetime emmy awards for their work.
after they left the simpsons, oakley and weinstein created mission hill. the show was plagued by promotional issues and was swiftly canceled, but in subsequent years has gone on to develop a cult following. they worked as consulting producers on futurama, then created the mullets in 2003. the two wrote several unsuccessful tv pilots, and were due to serve as showrunners on sit down, shut up in 2009. oakley left the project over a contract dispute, but weinstein remained until it was canceled. he co-produced and wrote for futurama again during its comedy central revival, winning an emmy in 2011. since 2013, weinstein has served as showrunner for the cbbc series strange hill high, and in 2015, danger mouse. he has also served as a writer for season two of gravity falls, co-writing nine of the season's episodes. in 2018, weinstein co-developed the netflix animated series disenchantment with creator matt groening, of which he and oakley are currently serving as co-showrunners. weinstein is married to journalist lisa simmons.
Josh Weinstein (born May 5, 1966) is an American television writer and producer, known for his work on the animated comedy series The Simpsons. Weinstein and Bill Oakley became best friends and writing partners at St. Albans School; Weinstein then attended Stanford University and was editor-in-chief of the Stanford Chaparral. He worked on several short-term media projects, including writing for the variety show Sunday Best, but was then unemployed for a long period.
After they left The Simpsons, Oakley and Weinstein created Mission Hill. The show was plagued by promotional issues and was swiftly canceled, but in subsequent years has gone on to develop a cult following. They worked as consulting producers on Futurama, then created The Mullets in 2003. The two wrote several unsuccessful TV pilots, and were due to serve as showrunners on Sit Down, Shut Up in 2009. Oakley left the project over a contract dispute, but Weinstein remained until it was canceled. He co-produced and wrote for Futurama again during its Comedy Central revival, winning an Emmy in 2011. Since 2013, Weinstein has served as showrunner for the CBBC series Strange Hill High, and in 2015, Danger Mouse. He has also served as a writer for Season Two of Gravity Falls, co-writing nine of the season's episodes. In 2018, Weinstein co-developed the Netflix animated series Disenchantment with creator Matt Groening, of which he and Oakley are currently serving as co-showrunners. Weinstein is married to journalist Lisa Simmons.