David Benioff, a novelist and screen-writer, was a high school English teach when he wrote his debut novel, The 25th Hour. The book caught the attention of Spike Lee who wished to adapt it to film. Benioff wrote the script for the adaptation and his screen-writing career was born. Since then he’s written screen plays for blockbusters (Troy) and indie films (The Kite Runner, Brothers). Upon being introduced to the A Song of Ice and Fire series, Benioff liked it so much he pitched it to HBO as a series and soon after they purchased the rights to the books. Thrones will be Benioff’s first step into the production side of things and his first foray into television.
Dan “D.B.” Weiss
Dan “D.B.” Weiss is a novelist and screen-writer whose debut novel, Lucky Wander Boy, solidified him as someone who understands “geek culture.” Since his novel was published, Weiss has moved into screen-writing, penning film adaptations for the novel Ender’s Game and the video game Halo. He also is working on a script for a planned I Am Legend prequel. Early in his writing career, he hooked up with David Benioff and the two have been working together on a number of projects including the screenplay for Kashmir and the aforementioned Ender’s Game script. Like Benioff, Thrones will be Weiss’ first foray into television and showrunning.
George R. R. Martin
George R. R. Martin is a novelist and screenwriter, who has been dubbed “the American Tolkien.” Martin started out his career writing horror and sci-fi novels. He also had a stint in Hollywood, working as a writer on the shows Beauty and the Beast and the new Twilight Zone. During that time, he began work on what would become his magnum opus, A Song of Ice and Fire. For Thrones, Martin is a co-executive producer and will be writing one episode each season.
Bryan Cogman is a writer and graduate of the famed Juilliard School. Cogman paid his dues in Hollywood working as a production and writers assistant, before getting a chance to pen a script for a webisode of the television show My Own Worst Enemy. Soon after he joined the crew of the Game Of Thrones pilot as story editor. For the full season he took on the role of script coordinator and was the writer of episode four. He r
Alan Taylor is a film and television director, who has been working closely with HBO for years. His directing credits include work on Oz, Sex and the City, The Sopranos, Carnivale, Deadwood, Rome and Big Love. He won an Emmy in 2007 for The Sopranos. He has also worked on shows outside of HBO, such as Mad Men and Lost. Taylor directed two episodes in season one of Game Of Thrones and will return to direct four in season two.
Alik Sakharov is a cinematographer originally from Tashkent in the former USSR, but has started and established his career in the U.S. His main body of work has been done as the director of photography, again the great majority of it on big HBO titles: Sex and the City, Rome, The Sopranos. Sakharov won an Emmy in 2007 for cinematography on Rome. He was a director of photography on Game Of Thrones in season one and will return as a director for season two.
Gemma Jackson is a production designer and art director from England. She has spent the bulk of her career in film, having worked on films such as A Far Off Place, The Borrowers, Bridget Jones’s Diary, and Finding Neverland, for which she was nominated for an Oscar. More recently she won an Emmy for her work on the HBO miniseries John Adams. Jackson will be leading the production design team for Game Of Thrones..
Michele Clapton is a costume designer from England, who has worked in both film and TV. She has found the most success designing for television period dramas, having worked on the costumes for Sense & Sensibilty, The Devil’s Whore, and The Diary of Anne Frank. Her role as costume designer on Game Of Thrones is the first time she has worked with HBO.
Paul Engelen is an English makeup artist that has worked on dozens of major motion pictures. His credit list is lengthy, but some of the highlights include Empire of the Sun, Batman, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Gladiator, Troy, Kingdom of Heaven, Prince Caspian, and Robin Hood. Working as the makeup designer on Thrones will mark one of the few times he has worked in television.
Ramin Djawadi is a German-born composer of orchestral music for film and television. He may be best known for his Grammy-nominated, guitar-driven score for Iron Man, but has also been composer for other film and TV projects, such as Blade: Trinity, Open Season, FlashForward and Prison Break. Thrones is the first time Djawadi has worked with HBO.
Neil Marshall is a writer and director of feature films, typically horror films. His first movie as director was the horror flick Dog Soldiers, which became a cult hit. He followed this up with the critically acclaimed horror film The Descent. Recently, he has branched out into other genres with the action films Doomsday and Centurion. Thrones is Marshalls’ first stab at directing for TV. It has been reported he will be directing episode nine, entitled ‘Blackwater.’
David Nutter is a television director and producer. He is known as “the pilot whisperer” due to his success at directing pilots that get ordered to series. Nutter’s big break came in 1993, when he began directing episodes of The X-Files. He has gone on to direct episodes of The West Wing, ER, Nip/Tuck and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. He has worked with HBO before, having directed episodes of The Sopranos, Band of Brothers, The Pacific and Entourage.
David Petrarca is an American director and producer of theatre, television, and film. His television credits include directing episodes of Dawson’s Creek, Everwood, Eli Stone and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. He was also the director on the film Save the Last Dance 2. For HBO, he has directed episodes of Hung, Big Love, True Blood and Boardwalk Empire.
Jane Espenson is a TV writer and producer, who’s spent many years working on sci-fi/fantasy themed shows. She began as a sitcom writer but soon moved to dramas, joining the writing staff of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. After Buffy, she began work on Battlestar Galactica as writer and co-executive producer. This led to her current position as showrunner of the spin-off series Caprica. Espenson was the writer of the sixth episode of season one of Game Of Thrones.
Tom McCarthy is an award-winning actor, writer, and director. McCarthy began his career in Hollywood as an actor. In 2003, he wrote and directed his first film The Station Agent. His second film, The Visitor, saw McCarthy win the Spirit Award for Best Director. He also was nominated for an Oscar for writing Up. McCarthy directed the pilot episode of Game Of Thrones and, as such, was responsible for setting much of the tone of the series.
Brian Kirk is an experienced television director hailing from Armagh, Northern Ireland. He has directed episodes of many popular television dramas such as The Riches, The Tudors, Dexter and most recently, HBO’s own Boardwalk Empire. Kirk directed three episodes in season one of Game Of Thrones.
Daniel Minahan is a television director, who also has close ties with HBO. He has stepped behind the lens of such HBO shows as Six Feet Under, Deadwood, Big Love, John From Cincinnati and True Blood. He has also directed episodes of The L Word and Grey’s Anatomy. For Game of Thrones, Minahan directed three episodes in the first season of Thrones.
Timothy Van Patten
Timothy Van Patten is another one of HBO’s favorite directors. He started as a director on The Sopranos. Since then, he’s directed episodes of many of HBO’s biggest series’ including The Wire, Sex and the City, Deadwood, Rome, The Pacific and Boardwalk Empire. Van Patten directed two episodes of Game of Thrones in season one, including the re-shot pilot for which he was nominated for an Emmy.
Matt Jensen is a cinematographer who has worked mostly in television, short films and commercials. His television credits include cinematography work on Numb3rs, CSI, Sleeper Cell, and True Blood. HBO must have appreciated his work on True Blood, as they have booked him once again, this time to work on Game of Thrones.
Marco Pontecorvo is a cinematographer from Italy. He has worked mostly as the director of photography on Italian projects, but also on some international productions. Most notably on Rome, shot in the Cinecitta studios in Rome, Italy, which is apparently when and where his connection to HBO was established. Pontecorvo will be working as DP on the first season of Game Of Thrones.
To see the rest of the crew, please visit the Game of Thrones IMDb page.