Allison Hope Weiner was a Century City entertainment litigator before she began writing about Hollywood as a journalist.
A graduate of Columbia University and the University of Southern California Law Center, she joined the legendary firm of Wyman, Bautzer — where she represented entertainers and corporate media clients. After leaving Wyman and spending four years at another West Side law firm, Ms. Weiner began writing freelance articles about the business of entertainment for Los Angeles Magazine, George, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide and Buzz. Hired byEntertainment Weekly in 2001, she covered the industry for five years, writing cover stories and features, and reporting many articles for the magazine’s must-read annual Power List.
Ms. Weiner landed exclusives such as an interview with James Gandolfini during his contentious contract dispute with HBO over “The Sopranos”; the only print interview with Paul Reubens after his plea deal for possession of child pornography; and access to the personal files of Bonnie Lee Bakeley, the actor Robert Blake’s slain wife, for a piece about how Bakeley’s obsession with celebrities led to her death. Weiner left Entertainment Weekly as a senior writer in 2005 to report for The New York Times, beginning with a Styles section profile of the legendary Hollywood lawyer Bert Fields, a subject of the Pellicano investigation.
For the past few years she has written about the investigation into Anthony Pellicano, landed an exclusive interview with Mel Gibson and delved behind the scenes in Hollywood to write revealing stories about the drug use and untimely death of the model-turned-bounty hunter Domino Harvey and the criminal investigation into the turbulent world of the Los Angeles paparazzi.