About Fred WeintraubAn impossibly big man with a full beard and an ever-present baseball cap, Weintraub has been a film maker for longer than he would probably admit. He's made over 40 films and more than 50 one-hour television episodes.
But Fred's career in show business isn't just about movies. In addition to his work in films, Fred founded The Bitter End, one of the most famous nightclubs in entertainment history and launched the careers of dozens of musicians and comedians.
The club was the heart of New York's hip Greenwich Village cultural and artistic scene and provided a launching pad for the careers of Bill Cosby, Woody Allen, Neil Diamond, Richie Pryor, Frank Valli and the Four Seasons, Shel Silverstein, Joan Rivers, Billy Crystal, Peter, Paul and Mary and many, many more.
During the 60s he created the "Hootenany Show" on ABC TV, hosted "Live From the Bitter End," and started the Campus Coffee House Circuit on college campuses across America.
It was just a matter of time before the movie business came calling. In the late 1960s, Weintraub became a Vice President of Creative Services at Warner Bros. as well as a member of the Board of Directors.
The first project he took on at Warner Bros. was 'Woodstock'. None of the Hollywood studios wanted anything to do with the film but Fred saw the potential in the project. According to Artie Kornfeld, Promoter and Creator of Woodstock '69, "Freddie had told the guys on the Board he would quit if we did not close the deal to film "Woodstock... The Greatest Peaceful Event in History.' One more time Freddie secured his place in music history and certainly made mine, and a hundred million others, memories last for forty years."
In 1971, Woodstock won an Oscar for Best Documentary.
When Warner Bros. offered Weintraub his own production company, his first independent film was "Enter the Dragon", starring Bruce Lee. Defying preconceived industry prejudices, he created a worldwide phenomenon by bringing the first third world superstar, Bruce Lee, into the mainstream and, thus, began the martial arts craze around the world.
"Enter the Dragon" became part of the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 2007.
Fred is currently completing the book of his memoirs to be released in 2011-2012.