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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,[1] Nip/Tuck, The Tudors, Queer as Folk, and the HBO World War II miniseries The Pacific.[2] He has also written several films.

Jeremy Podeswa
Born1962 (age 56–57)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Alma materRyerson University
AFI Conservatory
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter
Years active1984–present

In 2014, he directed episodes five and six of the fifth season of the HBO series Game of Thrones,[3] earning a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for the latter episode. He returned the next season, directing the season premiere and the second episode. He also directed the season premiere as well as the season finale of the seventh season.[4]



Jeremy Podeswa was born in 1962 in Toronto, Ontario. He is Jewish, and his Polish Jewish father,[5] a painter, was the only one of his immediate family to make it out of the German Nazi camps alive.[6] Podeswa graduated from Ryerson University's Film Studies program[7] and the American Film Institute's Center for Advanced Film Studies (now the AFI Conservatory).[8] He is openly gay.[9]

He was part of a loosely affiliated group of filmmakers to emerge in the 1980s from Toronto known as the Toronto New Wave.


Podeswa was given two Genie Awards in 2000 as Best Director of The Five Senses, which was awarded Best Picture.[10]



  • List of Podeswa's directed television shows
Year Title Notes
2001-2004 Queer as Folk 4 episodes
2001 The Chris Isaak Show
2001-2005 Six Feet Under 5 episodes
2003-2005 Carnivàle 4 episodes
2003 Nip/Tuck 2 episodes (season 3)
2004 The L Word 1 episode
2004 Wonderfalls 1 episode
2005 Rome 1 episode
2005 Into the West 1 episode
2005 Commander in Chief 1 episode
2007 Dexter 1 episode
2007 John from Cincinnati 1 episode
2007 The Riches
2007-2010 The Tudors 8 episodes
2009 Empire State
2009 Weeds 1 episode
2010 The Pacific 3 episodes (co-directed 1 episode)
2010 Rubicon 2 episodes
2010-2014 Boardwalk Empire 7 episodes
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
2011 Camelot 2 episodes
2011 The Borgias 3 episodes
2011 True Blood 1 episode
2012 Homeland 1 episode
2012 American Horror Story: Asylum 1 episode
2012-2013 The Newsroom 2 episodes
2013 The Walking Dead 1 episode
2013 Ray Donovan 1 episode
2014 American Horror Story: Coven 1 episode
2015-2019 Game of Thrones 6 episodes
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Nominated - Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Drama Series
2015 True Detective 1 episode
2018 Here and Now 2 episodes
2018 The Handmaid's Tale 2 episodes


Year Title Notes
1983 David Roche Talks to You About Love
1985 The Revelations of Becka Paulson
1985 In the Name of Bobby
1986 Nion in the Kabaret de La Vita
1992 Standards
1993 Walls
1993 Caveman Rainbow
1994 Eclipse
1999 The Five Senses Won – Genie Award for Best Achievement in Direction
Won – Genie Award for Best Motion Picture
2000 24fps
2001 Touch
2007 Fugitive Pieces


  1. ^ HBO. "Six Feet Under cast and crew". Retrieved 12 May 2010.
  2. ^ HBO. "Jeremy Podeswa on The Pacific". Retrieved 12 May 2010.
  3. ^ "Game of Thrones Season 5: What We Know So Far". Watchers On The Wall. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Game of Thrones 67". HBO. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  5. ^ Jeremy Podeswa Archived 15 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine, "But as he developed his craft, being Jewish wasn’t something he felt he needed to incorporate into television and film projects."
  6. ^ Scott, Alec (September 2007), "The Prodigal Son", Toronto Life, archived from the original on 15 January 2013, retrieved 19 March 2008
  7. ^ "Jeremy Podeswa" Archived 7 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine Canadian Film Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16 August 2011
  8. ^ Allon, Yoram; Cullen, Del; Patterson, Hannah (2002), Contemporary North American Film Directors, Wallflower Press, p. 425, ISBN 1-903364-52-3
  9. ^ "Sundown at Sundance & More",, 1 February 2000, archived from the original on 19 October 2003, retrieved 19 March 2008
  10. ^ "Jeremy Podeswa", Northern Stars, archived from the original (– Scholar search) on 28 October 2007, retrieved 15 March 2008

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