Hollywood Film Producer Scheduled to Talk Show Biz

A veteran film and television producer will host discussions about the entertainment industry April 20 and 21 at William Woods University.


Robert K. Weiss, who has spent 27 years in the industry, will guest lecture in some communications, theatre, English and law classes. He will also address students, faculty and community members in two public events.


Weiss will introduce the 1980 film “The Blues Brothers,” which he produced, at 6:30 p.m. April 20 in the Library Auditorium. A screening of the film will follow his remarks. Weiss will also discuss the making of the “The Blues Brothers” at 7 p.m. April 21 in Dulany Auditorium. Both events are free and open to the public.


Known as one of the pioneers of the parody film genre, Weiss’ credits include “Kentucky Fried Movie,” “The Naked Gun” trilogy and, most recently, the box office hit “Scary Movie 3.”


His films also include,” “The Blues Brothers” and “Tommy Boy.” Weiss also created and was executive producer of the sci-fi television series “Sliders.”


In addition to his film and television work, Weiss is active in the privatization of space travel and is the vice chairman of the X Prize Foundation, based in St. Louis (www.xprize.org).


A New York City native and graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Weiss lives in Los Angeles with his wife and children.