Jim Weiss and his wife Randy founded Greathall Productions in 1989.
It was a huge leap of faith as children’s audio at the time was just coming into fashion.
Raised by parents who valued literature and history and with the additional influence of
grandfathers who loved to tell stories to their grandsons, Jim grew up in the presence
of literary and real-life characters in the tradition of oral language. Jim graduated
from The University of Wisconsin, Madison and entered the sales and marketing
profession. At forty years old, he realized that he was unfulfilled and needed to make a
career change. With a lot of prayer and reflection, Jim and Randy decided to trust
their intuition that a line of storytelling recordings told, not read would provide a
wonderful way for children to appreciate classics at an early age.
To date, Jim is the producer and reader of 50+ Greathall storytelling recordings
featuring classical literature and history; masterful and thoughtful, unabridged readings
of Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, by Jean Lee Latham, Men of Iron, by Howard Pyle, and
more. Jim is the recipient of 100+ national awards from numerous prestigious sources.
This year (2016), Jim and Randy Weiss are celebrating Greathall Productions’ 27th Anniversary year of business and have licensed their recordings and business operations to Peace Hill Press who will take Jim and the Jim Weiss catalog into new and exciting territory.
Jim and Randy reside in Charlottesville, Virginia and are the ever-proud parents
of their daughter and son-in-law.
Jim travels extensively across the United States and Canada presenting library, school,
store and community events; teacher workshops; and his favorite-educational