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David Nutter (born 1960) is an American television and film director and television producer. He is best known for directing pilot episodes for television. In 2015, he received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, for his work on the HBO series, Game of Thrones.[1]

David Nutter
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Nutter at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2015.
Born1960 (age 58–59)
United States
EducationUniversity of Miami
OccupationTelevision director, film director, television producer
Years active1985–present


Early life and educationEdit

Nutter was born in 1960. He graduated from Dunedin High School in Dunedin, Florida, in 1978. He subsequently graduated from the University of Miami, where he originally enrolled as a music major.[2]


Nutter started his career directing episodes of Superboy and 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.[3]

In 2011, Nutter directed the pilot of Rina Mimoun's The Doctor, for CBS.[4]

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" sequence.[5]

Nutter also directed the pilot of 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.[6] For episode 10, he received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.

In September 2017, it was announced that Nutter would return to direct at least two episodes of the eighth season of Game of Thrones, alongside Miguel Sapochnik, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss for the remainder of the episodes.[7]

List of directed pilotsEdit

The first sixteen pilots that Nutter directed have all gone to series.[4] This streak was broken in 2011 when CBS chose to not pick up The Doctor.

Personal lifeEdit

Nutter has been married to his wife, Birgit, since May, 1987.[8] They have two children, actress Zoe K. Nutter and Ben Nutter.[2]


  1. ^ Game of Thrones Just Broke a Major Emmys Record Eliana Dockterman. Time Magazine. Sept. 20, 2015. Retrieved Sept. 20, 2015
  2. ^ a b David Nutter: the networks’ head starter Caroline Parry. The Broadcast Interview. Media Business Insight Limited. September 23, 2010. Retrieved September 20, 2015
  3. ^ LG reveals the Scarlet secret. YouTube. April 18, 2009.
  4. ^ a b Nellie Andreeva. "Several Broadcast Pilots Book Directors". Deadline.
  5. ^ Michael Calia. "'Game of Thrones' Director on Why One Death Wasn't Shown". WSJ.
  6. ^ "Game of Thrones Season 5: What We Know So Far". Watchers On The Wall. August 1, 2014. Retrieved February 6, 2015.
  7. ^ Hibberd, James (September 26, 2017). "Game of Thrones season 8 directors revealed: Fan favorites return". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
  8. ^ David Nutter: The X-Files Mark His Success St. Petersburg Times/The Tampa Bay Times. Joni M. Fisher. 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2015

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