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Daniel Brett Weiss (born April 23, 1971)[1] is an American television producer and writer, and novelist. Along with his collaborator David Benioff, he is best known as co-creator and showrunner of Game of Thrones, the HBO adaptation of George R. R. Martin's series of books A Song of Ice and Fire.

D.B. Weiss
D. B. Weiss by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Weiss in 2016
Born Daniel Brett Weiss
(1971-04-23) April 23, 1971 (age 46)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Television producer, television writer, novelist
Spouse(s) Andrea Troyer
Children 2

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Early lifeEdit

Weiss was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. His family is Jewish.[2] He is a graduate of Wesleyan University. He earned a Master of Philosophy in Irish literature from Trinity College, Dublin with a thesis on James Joyce's Finnegans Wake,[3] and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.[4]

CareerEdit

Weiss worked as personal assistant on films such as The Viking Sagas for New Line Cinema. For a brief period, Weiss also worked as a personal assistant for musician Glenn Frey.[3] Weiss went to Dublin in 1995 to study Anglo-Irish literature and met David Benioff, the screenwriter of Troy. Three years later they met again in Santa Monica, California around 1998.[3]

Weiss and Benioff wrote a screenplay for a film titled The Headmaster together, but it was never made.[3] In 2003, Weiss and Benioff 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.[5][6] It was not used.[7]

Weiss's 2003 debut novel, Lucky Wander Boy, is themed around video games. In 2006, Weiss said he had a second novel finished that "needs a second draft".[8] That same year, Weiss completed a screenplay for a film adaptation of the video game series Halo, based on a script written by Alex Garland.[9][10] However, director Neill Blomkamp declared the project dead in late 2007.[11]

Weiss also worked on a script for a prequel to I Am Legend.[12] However, in May 2011, director Francis Lawrence stated that he did not think the prequel was ever going to happen.[13]

Weiss currently works with David Benioff on the television series Game of Thrones, based on George R. R. Martin's book series A Song of Ice and Fire.[14] Benioff and Weiss also directed two episodes together, but used a coin-flip to decide who would get the credit on the show. Weiss received directing credit for "Two Swords", the first episode of season 4, while Benioff was credited for "Walk of Punishment", the third episode in season 3.[3] Benioff and Weiss will direct the series finale of Game of Thrones.[15]

On July 19, 2017, Weiss announced that he and Benioff are going to begin production on another HBO series, titled Confederate, after the final season of Game of Thrones. Weiss and Benioff said, "We have discussed Confederate for years, originally as a concept for a feature film - But our experience on Thrones has convinced us that no one provides a bigger, better storytelling canvas than HBO."[16]

Personal lifeEdit

Weiss and his wife Andrea have two children, Leo and Hugo.[17]

BibliographyEdit

AuthorEdit

Title Year Type Note
Lucky Wander Boy 2003 Novel

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2011–present Game of Thrones Yes Yes Yes Co-creator
Executive producer
Directed and wrote episode:"Two Swords"
Wrote: 45 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series (2015-2016)[18]
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (2015-2016)[18]
Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form (2012)[19]
Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form (2013-2014)[20][21]
Producers Guild of America Award for Best Episodic Drama (2015)[22]
Golden Nymph Awards for Outstanding International Producer (2012)[23]
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series (2011-2014)[18]
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (2011-2014)[18]
Nominated—Producers Guild of America Award for Best Episodic Drama (2011-2014, 2016)[24][25][26][27][28]
Nominated—BAFTA for Best International Programme (2013)[29]
Nominated—Writers Guild of America Award for Dramatic Series (2011-2012, 2014-2016)[30][31][32][33][34]
Nominated—Writers Guild of America Award for Episodic Drama (2015-2016)[33][34]
Nominated—Writers Guild of America Award for New Series (2011)[30]
Nominated—Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form (2015)[35]
Nominated—USC Scripter Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (2016-2017)[36][37]
Pending—Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form (2017)[38]
2013–2017 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Yes Wrote episode: "Flowers for Charlie"
Bored Lifeguard #2 (cameo in "The Gang Goes to a Water Park")
2014 The Specials Yes Executive Producer[39]
TBA Confederate Yes Yes Co-creator
Executive producer

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ The Jewish legacy behind Game of Thrones, Times of Israel
  3. ^ a b c d e "The Surprising Connection Between Game of Thrones and Monty Python". Vanity Fair. March 24, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Lucky Wander Boy". Retrieved February 22, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Game of Thrones: Interview with David Benioff and D.B. Weiss". HBO. Retrieved March 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ "DB Weiss talks Halo". Writerswrite.com. July 19, 2006. Retrieved February 22, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Card talks Ender's Game movie". IGN Entertainment, Inc. April 18, 2007. Retrieved January 1, 2009. 
  8. ^ "GameSetInterview: Halo Screenwriter DB Weiss". GameSetWatch. July 13, 2006. Retrieved February 22, 2011. 
  9. ^ Miller, Ross (July 14, 2006). "DB Weiss takes on Halo script". Joystiq. Retrieved February 22, 2011. 
  10. ^ Fritz, Ben (2006-10-31). "No home for Halo pic". Variety. Retrieved October 20, 2007. 
  11. ^ Farrell, Nick (October 9, 2007). "Halo movie canned". The Inquirer. Archived from the original on October 18, 2008. Retrieved May 30, 2008. 
  12. ^ "I Am Legend prequel in the works". UPI.com. September 26, 2008. Retrieved February 22, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Exclusive: 'I Am Legend Prequel' is Dead, Says Francis Lawrence". MTV Movies blog. May 3, 2011. Retrieved August 11, 2011. 
  14. ^ Fleming, Michael (January 16, 2007). "HBO turns Fire into fantasy series". Variety. Retrieved February 22, 2011. 
  15. ^ Hibberd, James (September 26, 2017). "Game of Thrones season 8 directors revealed: Fan favorites return". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 26, 2017. 
  16. ^ Hibberd, James (July 19, 2017). "Game of Thrones showrunners reveal their next epic HBO series". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 19, 2017. 
  17. ^ "How This Highland Park Geek Became a Game of Thrones Writer". Chicago magazine. 
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  21. ^ "2014 Hugo Award Winners". World Science Fiction Society. August 17, 2014. Archived from the original on August 17, 2014. Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
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  26. ^ "TV Nominees For PGA Awards Unveiled". Deadline.com. December 3, 2013. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  27. ^ "'American Sniper,' 'Birdman' & 'Boyhood' Among PGA Awards Nominees". Deadline.com. January 5, 2015. Archived from the original on January 25, 2015. Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  28. ^ DeSantis, Rachel (January 5, 2017). "People v. O.J., Stranger Things score Producers Guild Award nominations". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on January 6, 2017. Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  29. ^ "Television in 2013". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. 2013. Archived from the original on March 8, 2015. Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  30. ^ a b A. Fernandez, Jay (February 19, 2012). "Writers Guild Awards: Complete Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on June 19, 2012. Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  31. ^ "WGA Announces TV Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. December 6, 2012. Archived from the original on December 6, 2012. Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  32. ^ Hipes, Patrick (December 4, 2014). "Writers Guild TV Nominations: 'True Detective' & 'Louie' Lead Way, Amazon Breaks Through With 'Transparent'". Deadline.com. Archived from the original on February 15, 2015. Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  33. ^ a b McNary, Dave (February 13, 2016). "WGA Honors 'Big Short,' 'Spotlight,' 'Mad Men' at 68th Awards". Variety. Archived from the original on May 3, 2016. Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  34. ^ a b O'Connell, Michael (December 5, 2016). "WGA TV Nominations Include 'Westworld,' 'This Is Us' and 'Stranger Things'". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on January 6, 2017. Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  35. ^ "2015 Nominations". World Science Fiction Society. April 4, 2015. Archived from the original on May 25, 2015. Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  36. ^ THR Staff (January 7, 2016). "USC Scripter Awards Unveils Film Nominations, Expands into TV". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on January 14, 2017. Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  37. ^ McNary, Dave (January 11, 2017). "'Arrival,' 'Fences,' 'Game of Thrones' Earn USC Scripter Award Nominations". Variety. Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  38. ^ Gartenberg, Chaim (April 4, 2017). "Here are the 2017 Hugo Award nominees". The Verge. Archived from the original on April 5, 2017. Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  39. ^ Ariana Bacle (2014-09-05). "Oprah-approved 'Specials' stars intellectually disabled 20-somethings". Retrieved 2014-09-09. 

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