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Directors who have worked on the Game of Thrones series.

➲ Alan Taylor

Alan Taylor (born c. 1959) is an American television and film director, television producer, and screenwriter, known for his work on TV shows such as Lost, The West Wing, Six Feet Under, Sex and the City, The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, Deadwood and Mad Men, and the films Palookaville, Thor: The Dark World and Terminator Genisys.

Taylor has directed for numerous programs on both network television and premium cable, most often on HBO. Besides his television work, Taylor has directed five feature films: Palookaville, The Emperor's New Clothes, Kill the Poor, Thor: The Dark World, and Terminator Genisys. Taylor joined the crew of the HBO western drama Deadwood as a director for the first season in 2004. The series was created by David Milch and focused on a growing town in the American Old West. Taylor directed the episode "Here Was a Man". He returned as a director for the second season in 2005 and helmed the episode "Requiem for a Gleet". Taylor has directed the pilot episodes of Mad Men ("Smoke Gets in Your Eyes") and Bored to Death as well as subsequent episodes of each. He has directed two episodes from season 1 of Game of Thrones and four episodes of season 2. Taylor directed Thor: The Dark World (2013), the sequel to 2011's Thor. His latest directorial venture was the 2015 film Terminator Genisys.

➲ Alex Graves

Alexander "Alex" Graves is an American film director, television director, television producer and screenwriter.

Graves began his work in television directing episodes of Ally McBeal, Sports Night and The Practice. Graves is well known for his work directing 34 episodes of the series The West Wing, where he served as director, producer, supervising producer, co-executive producer, and ultimately executive producer. He won two Primetime Emmy Awards for his production work on that series. He was also nominated for the Emmy for his direction of the episodes "Posse Comitatus" and "2162 Votes." He was awarded the Humanitas Prize for his work on the episode "NSF Thurmont." In 2006, he directed the pilot episode of The Nine for ABC, serving as an executive producer on the pilot. In 2007, he directed and executive produced the pilot, and directed several more episodes, of the drama Journeyman, which aired on NBC. In 2009, Graves was asked by J.J. Abrams to direct and executive produce the pilot of the FOX science-fiction series Fringe. From 2010 to 2011, Graves worked for Steven Spielberg to direct and executive produce the pilot of the Fox adventure series Terra Nova. The series premiered September 26, 2011. In 2010, he directed and executive produced the ABC pilot The Whole Truth for Jerry Bruckheimer. This pilot also went on to become a series. In 2011, Graves directed a pilot for ABC entitled Poe, a re-imagining of the life of author Edgar Allan Poe, starring Natalie Dormer and Christopher Egan, which did not go to series. Graves then directed and executive produced the ABC pilot 666 Park Avenue. In 2012, Graves directed Showtime's Shameless for John Wells before being asked by Aaron Sorkin to direct his new HBO series The Newsroom. Graves has directed six episodes of HBO's Game of Thrones. In 2015, Graves will be executive producer of the supernatural medical television drama Proof on TNT.

➲ Alik Sakharov

Alik Sakharov (born May 17, 1959) is a Soviet-born American television director. A former Director of Photography, he is an active member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC).

In 1985, Sakharov entered the U.S. film scene as director of The Russian Touch—a topical documentary about the Russian people comprising the third wave of immigration to the United States. In 1992, he directed a silent short film Pausa —a visual meditation dedicated to the memory of the great poet of cinema Andrei Tarkovsky. Sakharov began sharing the responsibilities of a lighting cameraman in 1985 in the New York industrial video scene, eventually progressing to shooting music videos, commercials, narrative films. He served as Director of Photography on numerous feature films, as well as a formidable number of programs for network television and premium cable, most notably for HBO with such projects as The Sopranos (38 episodes), Rome (9 episodes), Sex and The City, Game of Thrones. As a member of the Sopranos creative ensemble, Sakharov was honored twice (in 2002 & 2004) by the American Film Institute's A Year of Excellence Award. In 2004 Sakharov earned the 19th Annual ASC Awards nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in a single camera category for The Sopranos episode "Long Term Parking." In 2007 Sakharov won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for the Rome episode "Passover".

➲ Brian Kirk

Brian Kirk (born 1968) is an Irish film and television director who has most recently directed episodes of Game of Thrones, FX's The Riches and Showtime's Brotherhood and The Tudors. He also directed the television film My Boy Jack starring David Haig and Daniel Radcliffe and based on the play of the same name.

Kirk is scheduled to make his feature directional debut with the science-fiction film Passengers, starring Keanu Reeves. Currently Jon Spaihts is writing the script for the film. Kirk has also been named to direct the thriller Midnight Delivery for Universal Pictures, Guillermo del Toro will produce the film. In July 2013 Kevin Costner was in talk to star in the film.

➲ Daniel Minahan

Daniel Minahan is an American television and film director and writer. Minahan has directed several episodes of the HBO original series, Six Feet Under, Deadwood, True Blood, The Newsroom and Game of Thrones; also The L Word on Showtime and Grey's Anatomy on ABC. He also wrote and directed the independent film, Series 7: The Contenders. He was also the assistant director and writer for the 1996 film, I Shot Andy Warhol.

Minahan joined the crew of the HBO western drama Deadwood as a director for the first season in 2004. The series was created by David Milch and focused on a growing town in the American West. Minahan directed the episodes "Suffer the Little Children" and "Mister Wu". He returned as a director for the second season in 2005 and helmed the episode "Advances, None Miraculous". He remained a director for the third and final season in 2006 and helmed the episode "A Two-Headed Beast".

➲ D.B. Weiss

Daniel Brett Weiss (born April 23, 1971) is an American author, screenwriter, producer, and director. Along with his collaborator David Benioff, he is best known as screenwriter, executive producer, and sometimes director of Game of Thrones, the HBO adaptation of George R. R. Martin's series of books. His 2003 debut novel, Lucky Wander Boy, is themed around video games.

In 2006, Weiss said he has a second novel finished that "needs a second draft". In 2003, Weiss and David Benioff, who had been friends since college, were hired to collaborate on a new script of Orson Scott Card's book Ender's Game in consultation with the then-designated director Wolfgang Petersen. It was not used. Weiss was hired to rewrite the screenplay for a film adaptation of the popular video game series Halo, based on a script written by Alex Garland. The rewrite was completed in 2006. However, director Neill Blomkamp declared the project dead in late 2007. Weiss also worked on a script for a prequel to I Am Legend. However, in May 2011, director Francis Lawrence stated that he did not think the prequel was ever going to happen. Weiss currently works with David Benioff, the writer of Troy, on the television series Game of Thrones, based on George R. R. Martin's book series A Song of Ice and Fire.

➲ David Benioff

David Benioff (born David Friedman; September 25, 1970) is an American novelist, screenwriter and television producer. He is the co-creator and showrunner of the widely acclaimed award-winning HBO series Game of Thrones.

While working as a high school English teacher, he wrote the book The 25th Hour, and later adapted it into a screenplay, which was filmed starring Edward Norton and directed by Spike Lee. He then wrote a collection of short stories titled When the Nines Roll Over (And Other Stories) in 2004. Benioff drafted a screenplay of the mythological epic Troy (2004) for which Warner Bros pictures paid him $2.5 million. He also wrote the script for the psychological thriller Stay (2005), which was directed by Marc Forster and starred Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts. His screenplay for The Kite Runner (2007), adapted from the novel of the same name, marked his second collaboration with director Marc Forster. He was hired in 2004 to write the screenplay for the X-Men spin-off X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), and worked on the script for three years. In 2008, his second novel, City of Thieves was published. He has been working on an adapted screenplay of the Charles R. Cross biography of Kurt Cobain but as of 2010 the screenplay has not been used. He is also working with D.B. Weiss as executive producer, showrunner and writer on Game of Thrones, HBO's adaptation of the A Song of Ice and Fire novel series by George R.R. Martin. On April 10, 2014, Benioff announced he and D.B. Weiss had taken on their first feature film project to write, produce and direct Dirty White Boys, a novel by Pulitzer prize-winning author Stephen Hunter.

➲ David Nutter

David Nutter (born 1960) is an American television and film director and television producer. He is best known for directing pilot episodes for television.

Nutter's big break came in 1993, when he began directing episodes of The X-Files. From there he would go on to direct the pilot, and help with the creation of, Space: Above and Beyond, Millennium, Sleepwalkers, Roswell, Dark Angel, Smallville, Tarzan, Without a Trace, Dr. Vegas, Jack & Bobby, Supernatural, Traveler, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, The Mentalist, and Shameless. He also directed "Replacements", the fourth part of the mini-series Band of Brothers, and shared in that series's Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special. Other directing highlights include "Join the Club", an Emmy-nominated episode of The Sopranos, and the 1998 feature film Disturbing Behavior. Nutter directed episodes of the HBO series Entourage, including "The Resurrection", "The Prince's Bride" and the series finale, "The End." In 2008, LG used Nutter's pilot expertise to create a campaign for its new "Scarlet" line of HDTVs, by creating a promotional clip in the style of a trailer for a TV pilot. In 2011, Nutter directed the pilot of Rina Mimoun's The Doctor, for CBS. In 2012, Nutter directed episodes six and seven of Game of Thrones season 2. In 2013, he directed the last two episodes of season 3, including "The Rains of Castamere", with the infamous "Red Wedding" scene. Nutter also directed the pilot of the The CW series Arrow, based on the comic-book character Green Arrow, starring Stephen Amell. In 2014, he returned to the HBO series Game of Thrones to direct episodes 9 and 10 of Season 5. For episode 10, he received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.

➲ David Petrarca

David Petrarca (born November 10, 1965 in Warwick, Rhode Island)[1] is an American director and producer of theatre, television and film.

He was director at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago from 1988 until 2005. Recent work as a director includes HBO's Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, Big Love, Hung, and True Blood as well as *Marco Polo and numerous other projects for Netflix.He worked as an executive producer on *Those Who Kill, ABC series Eli Stone and the Lifetime series Drop Dead Diva. He was the recipient of a TCG/NEA Director Fellowship and has served as associate artistic director for the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and the Chelsea Theatre Centre in New York City, and on the NEA Theatre Panel. He has taught for University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the O'Neill Center and Northwestern University and has developed new work for New York Stage and Film and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. In 1996, Petrarca was chosen by the Chicago Tribune as a "Chicagoan of the Year". In 2006, he completed filming Save the Last Dance 2 for Paramount Pictures. As of mid-2014, he was working on the screenplay of Wendy MacLeod's Schoolgirl Figure, and a film adaptation of David Lindsay-Abaire's Fuddy Meers.

➲ Jeremy Podeswa

Jeremy Podeswa (born 1962) is a Canadian film and television director. He is best known for directing the films The Five Senses (1999) and Fugitive Pieces (2007). He has also worked as Director on the television shows Six Feet Under, Nip/Tuck, The Tudors, Queer as Folk, and the HBO World War II miniseries The Pacific. He has also written several films. In 2014 he directed episodes 5 and 6 of Season 5 of the HBO series Game of Thrones, earning a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for the latter episode.

➲ Mark MyLod

Mark Mylod is a British film and television director and producer.

Mylod directed several television shows in the United States and in the United Kingdom, many of them for the BBC. Mylod co-produced the HBO television series Entourage, on which he was also a regular director. Prior to Entourage, Mylod's credits included the feature films Ali G Indahouse, The Big White and What's Your Number? and the series Cold Feet, The Royle Family, and Bang Bang, It's Reeves and Mortimer. Mylod directed and executive-produced the pilot episode of the U.S. version of the dramedy, Shameless, for Showtime. He remains a co-executive producer and frequent director on the series. In 2011, Mylod directed and executive-produced the pilot of the ABC fantasy series Once Upon a Time. He worked on the 2011 romantic comedy What's Your Number?. The film received mixed reviews. In 2014, he directed the pilot episode for American TV Series The Affair. In 2014 he directed episodes 3 and 4 of Season 5 of the HBO series Game of Thrones.

➲ Michael Slovis

Michael Slovis is an American cinematographer and television director.

Slovis began his professional career in 1981. For many years, he worked as a camera operator on films. He became a cinematographer in 1995, working on the films Party Girl (1995), Half Past Dead (2002), Halloweentown (1998), The Thirteenth Year (1999), and Ready to Run (2000). In 2000, Slovis became a cinematographer on the series Ed, and went on to work on the series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, New Amsterdam, Fringe, Royal Pains, Rubicon, Running Wilde, and Breaking Bad. As a director, Slovis made his directorial debut with the 2001 television film Spirit. Later, he went on to direct episodes of Ed, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Rubicon, Breaking Bad, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Hell on Wheels In 2006, Slovis won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a One Hour Series for his work on CSI. In 2014, he directed episodes 1 and 2 of Season 5 of the HBO series Game of Thrones.

➲ Michelle Maclaren

Michelle Maxwell MacLaren (born 1965) is a Canadian television director and producer who has worked on numerous series both in Canada and the United States. She is perhaps best known for her work on shows such as The X-Files, Breaking Bad, Frank Darabont's series The Walking Dead and HBO's series Game of Thrones. She won back-to-back Primetime Emmy Awards for producing Breaking Bad in 2013 and 2014.

MacLaren made her directorial debut on the Season 9 episode of The X-Files, John Doe, which was written by future Breaking Bad collaborator Vince Gilligan. She was nominated for six Primetime Emmy Awards; one in 2010 for directing a season three episode of Breaking Bad entitled One Minute, one in 2013 for directing the season five episode Gliding Over All, and the other four in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014 for Outstanding Drama Series (Breaking Bad), on which she served as an executive producer. She won in 2013 and 2014. She was also nominated for two PGA Awards with Breaking Bad. In June 2014 it was announced MacLaren had signed a two-year first-look deal with HBO. In November 2014, it was announced that MacLaren would develop the script and direct Wonder Woman, the iconic character's first solo cinematic appearance and the fourth installment of the DC Comics' shared universe films. However, in April 2015 MacLaren left the project due to "creative differences".

➲ Miguel Sapochnik

Miguel Sapochnik is an English film and television director and former storyboard artist. He is best known as the director of the feature Repo Men, as well as for his work on several U.S. television series.

He executive produced and directed the 2010 film Repo Men, starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker, his feature film directorial debut. Sapochnik has worked on American television series, directing episodes of Awake, Fringe, House, M.D., and more recently Mind Games. His other credits include a 2000 short film entitled The Dreamer, which he wrote and directed, and directing the "Beautiful Inside" music video for singer Louise. As a storyboard artist, some of his credits are Trainspotting (1996, directed by Danny Boyle) and The Winter Guest (1997, actor Alan Rickman's directorial debut). In 2015, for the fifth season, Sapochnik directed two episodes of Game of Thrones.

➲ Neil Marshall

Neil Marshall (born 25 May 1970) is an English film director, editor and screenwriter. Marshall began his career in editing and in 2002 directed his first feature film Dog Soldiers, a horror-comedy film which became a cult film. He followed up with the critically acclaimed horror film The Descent in 2005. Marshall also directed Doomsday in 2008, and wrote and directed Centurion in 2010.

Marshall was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. He was first inspired to become a film director when he saw Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) at the age of eleven. He began making home movies using Super 8 mm film, and in 1989, he attended film school at Newcastle Polytechnic (now Northumbria University). In the next eight years, he worked as a freelance film editor. In 1995, he was hired to co-write and edit for director Bharat Nalluri's first film, Killing Time. Marshall continued to write and develop his own projects, directing his first film in 2002, Dog Soldiers, a horror film that became a cult film in the United Kingdom and the United States. In 2005, he followed up with a second horror film, The Descent. With his direction of The Descent, he was identified as a member of the Splat Pack. His next film, Doomsday, is a 2008 science fiction action film he wrote and directed. The film takes place in the future in Scotland, which has been quarantined because of a deadly virus. When the virus is found in London, political leaders send a team led by Major Eden Sinclair (Rhona Mitra) to Scotland to find a possible cure. Sinclair's team runs into two types of survivors: marauders and medieval knights. Doomsday was conceived by Marshall based on the idea of futuristic soldiers facing medieval knights. In producing the film, he drew inspiration from various movies, including Mad Max, Escape from New York and 28 Days Later. Marshall had a budget three times the size of his previous two films. The director filmed the larger-scale Doomsday in Scotland and South Africa. The film was released on 14 March 2008 in the United States and Canada and in the United Kingdom on 9 May 2008. Doomsday did not perform well at the box office, and critics gave the film mixed reviews. Rotten Tomatoes reported that 49% of critics gave the film positive write-ups, based on a sample of 69, with an average score of 5.1/10. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film has received an average score of 51, based on 14 reviews. In February 2015 Marshall and his agent Marc Helwig founded the television production company Applebox Entertainment and signed with this company, a two year deal with Legendary TV to form his Film dreams.

➲ Tim Van Patten

Timothy "Tim" Van Patten (born June 10, 1959) is an American television director, actor, screenwriter, and producer. He has directed episodes of The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, Boardwalk Empire, Rome, The Pacific, Game of Thrones, Ed, and Sex and the City. As an actor, he is perhaps best known for portraying Salami on The White Shadow. He also played the villainous teenager Peter Stegman in Class of 1984 and Max Keller on The Master.

In 2001, together with Terence Winter, Van Patten won both the Writers Guild Award and the Edgar Award for The Sopranos episode "Pine Barrens", directed by Steve Buscemi. In 2004, Van Patten directed an episode called "Long Term Parking", which won an Emmy for "Best Writing in a Dramatic Series". He has been nominated for Emmy Awards for directing The Sopranos episodes "Amour Fou", "Whoever Did This", "Long Term Parking", and "Members Only", the Game of Thrones episode "Winter is Coming", and the Boardwalk Empire episode "To the Lost", "Margate Sands", and "Farewell Daddy Blues."He won the award in 2012 for "To the Lost".

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