Executive producer of the critically acclaimed hit NBC sitcom "Seinfeld" entered the entertainment industry as a producer of several Charlton Heston features in the early 1980s ("The Mountain Men"; "The Awakening" both 1980; "Mother Lode" 1982). Before embarking on a showbiz career, Scheinman worked as a tennis pro and earned a law degree from the University of Virginia. He discovered an affinity for comedy as the producer of Albert Brooks' "Modern Romance" (1981) and nurtured it further as the co-producer of Rob Reiner's teen romance/road movie "The Sure Thing" (1986). The latter project initiated a long successful collaboration with Reiner; Scheinman went on to produce "Stand By Me" (1986) and "The Princess Bride" (1987) before becoming a principal owner (along with Reiner and three others) of Castle Rock Entertainment.
Scheinman produced several Reiner hits spanning several genres ("When Harry Met Sally..." 1989; "Misery" 1990; "A Few Good Men" 1992) before diversifying into directing with the gentle sports comedy "Little Big League" and screenwriting (with Alan Zweibel) with Reiner's biggest flop, "North" (both 1994). Both films featured child protagonists. Kids also figured prominently in "Homeroom" (ABC, 1989), a short-lived sitcom about an urban elementary school teacher, that Scheinman created and executive produced. He continues to work in TV, co-writing and co-producing pilots for Castle Rock.
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Made feature-producing debut, "The Mountain Men"; first collaboration with Charlton Heston
Served as a co-producer on "The Awakening," a supernatural Heston vehicle directed by Mike Newell
Produced Albert Brooks' comedy, "Modern Romance"
Made first collaboration with writer-director Rob Reiner as co-producer of "The Sure Thing"
Created, served as a creative consultant, and wrote the "preview" episode of "Homeroom", a short-lived sitcom about an urban elementary school teacher (also executive produced)
Made TV debut when he became the executive producer of "Seinfeld" (NBC), series was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in 1992
Produced the Academy Award-nominated (Best Picture) film "A Few Good Men"
Made feature directing debut, "Little Big League"
Made feature screenwriting debut (with Alan Zweibel), "North"
Executive-produced crime thriller "Extreme Measures," starring Hugh Grant and Gene Hackman
Produced the drama feature "Ghosts of Mississippi," starring Alec Baldwin and James Woods
Wrote the screenplay for "Bait," starring Jamie Foxx
Wrote the screenplay for the coming-of-age film "Flipped," directed by Reiner