Mad Men is an American dramatic television series created and produced by Matthew Weiner. The series airs on Sunday evenings on the American cable network AMC and is produced by Lionsgate Television. It premiered on July 19, 2007, concluded its fifth season on June 10, 2012 and has been renewed for a sixth season.
[Matthew Weiner] is both ultimate authority and divine messenger, some peculiar hybrid of God and Edith Head. “I do not feel any guilt about saying that the show comes from my mind and that I’m a control freak,” he told me. “I love to be surrounded by perfectionists, and part of the problem with perfectionism is that by nature, you’re always failing.”
Says creator and producer Matthew Weiner: "I take dictates from the audience in the sense that I am the audience -- I am an audience member and I want them to be entertained, and I'm doing everything I can to satisfy that. But I don't take dictates in terms of what the content is or who the characters are paying attention to or whatever else, because I don't think [people would like that if they got it]."
“The truth is, I think an advertising agency is one of the last places in the world where, if you bring in a big client, you’re in charge. There’s complete mobility and it’s a model for the United States,” Weiner says.
Producers have stacks of Sears catalogs and Better Homes and Gardens issues from 1955 to 1962 to call on for inspiration.
When asked about the negotiations, Wiener responded: "There's been a lot of speculation and misinformation in the press about what is going on. I want the fans to know directly from me that I had nothing to do with this delay and it is not about money. I am fighting for the cast and for the show. And I appreciate the kindness and concern of the fans."
A year ago, in March 2011, "Mad Men" fans were biting their fingernails, wondering what would come of the beloved AMC '60-set drama about the advertising age. At the time, Weiner said that he was unwilling to surrender on numerous creative and budget issues, even if it meant a larger contract. The network reportedly wanted him to cut cast members and agree to a shorter running time to allow for more advertisements and more prominent product integration.
Says Weiner: "Writing this historical fiction, [I am not] an expert -- my expertise is on human fallibility; my expertise is not history. What I have been interested in my whole life more than anything -- the theme every year really is -- how do you deal with change? Because that's what I'm looking at [with] that period. Do you even know change is happening? Do you go with it? No matter what, that becomes the theme every year."
"The hair and makeup and the wardrobe has all been researched very well," [says actress January Jones]. "The undergarments specifically make you walk and hold yourself differently. You definitely hold yourself differently when you can only take short breaths." If nothing else, the clothes provide some context for the tacit objectification of women in the '60s workplace.
We estimate that [Lion's Gate Entertainment] receives $2.71 million of revenue from AMC for the delivery of each episode, but that it costs $2.84 million to produce. The company has indicated that the Mad Men series should generate $100 million of DVD & iTunes revenue for its 7-year run, which should total 88 episodes; this equates to $1.14 million/episode, taking the profitability up to $1.01 million/episode.
Mad Men - How The Fifties Became The Sixties
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"Mad Men" has the late '50s modernism down, from the Nelson clocks to the Eames chairs, the honey-toned wood and glass offices. Smoke heavy, booze heavy bullet bras, fedoras and big skirts -- so much to work with.
Mad Men - Matthew Weiner On Tension Versus Action
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Maureen Ryan: You've said that you want to do seven seasons and then be done. Is that a fixed plan for you or could that change?
Matthew Weiner: You know, if I decide at the last minute to do another season, it won't be for money, but that is the plan. I mean, to ask somebody on mile 18 of a marathon, "Do you want to run 30 miles instead of 26?" Seven seasons feels like the show, but I'm not being a politician or anything like that. That is what I think the end of the show should be. That's what the plan is. If I get there, and a I change my mind, everyone can say I'm an idiot, but right now that's how I feel about it.
It is show-business legend that [Matthew Weiner] wrote the pilot of “Mad Men” in 1999 while working on the Ted Danson sitcom “Becker.” In 2002, Weiner sent the pilot as a writing sample to David Chase, who created “The Sopranos,” which is how he was hired.
In the glamorous and ego-driven world of advertising, everyone is selling something and nothing is ever what it seems. Set in 1960 New York, Mad Men reveals the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue's "Golden Age", where key players make an art of the sell while their private world gets sold. And no one plays the game better than Don Draper, the biggest ad man - and ladies' man - in the business.
AMC’s award-winning drama Mad Men made history last fall as the first basic cable series ever to win the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series in four consecutive years.