Nanci (Ross) Weaver is an award-winning broadcast and special events creator and producer for network, major market television, and digital platforms. Her broad experience encompasses roles of on-air talent, management, field director, and executive producer. She has created, produced, and directed news, entertainment, original programming and branded content for broadcast networks and online media outlets. Her expertise also includes talent management and casting, crisis management, trend analysis, strategic alliances, and partnerships with major television, film and print outlets, as well as Fortune 500 brands.
In over a decade at CBS NEWS in New York, Ross’ experience ranged from producing long-form segments from “Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel” to large-scale remote broadcasts of “The Early Show.” As senior producer she produced Super Bowl coverage and the CBS Summer Concert Series. She was also in charge of original features and investigative series, with particular expertise in multi-platform programming. As director of special projects, she created and packaged content in partnership with top network clients including American Express, Sears, Kohl’s, Walmart, and GM, among others, and created strategic alliances with Time Warner/Time Inc., Condé Nast, Hearst Publications, Meredith Publications and USA Today for the network. She also helped launch CBS’ daytime hit, “The Talk”.
Weaver was also the liaison for CBS network events such as “The Grammy Awards,” “The Tony Awards,” “Fashion Rocks,” “The Kennedy Center Honors,” and CBS daytime and reality programming, creating cross-promotional series and specials.
Prior to joining CBS, she was a producer of CNN “Fortune,” specializing in international business. She was also executive producer for Post-Newsweek Stations/WPLG-TV in Miami, where she created dozens of news and sponsor-driven entertainment specials as well as original programming including “Eye On Crime,” – the precursor to the Fox hit series “Cops” – a syndicated international lifestyle magazine “Cool People, Hot Places,” and an unprecedented Emmy award-winning undercover report from Cuba on the 30th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
As a reporter for WTVJ-TV in Miami, Weaver won seven Emmy awards for her special series on homelessness. She has also won a Gracie award, two International Film/TV Gold Awards and numerous other industry prizes. She began her television career at WABC-TV as a production assistant, and also participated in the launch of ABC News “Nightline.” She is a graduate of Columbia University, and was a legal intern in Broadcast Standards and Practices at ABC Network.
Weaver has served on the Advisory Board of the American Theatre Wing, the board of Futuro Media and currently serves on the Cresset’s advisory board and the board of the Van Wezel Foundation, where she chairs Arts Education and Community Engagement. She is married to Christopher Weaver, MIT professor and founder of Bethesda Softworks.