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Nina Kostroff Noble is an American television producer.[2]

Nina Kostroff Noble
Nina Kostroff

(1959-10-01) October 1, 1959 (age 59)[1]
Known forThe Wire
Show Me a Hero
Spouse(s)David Noble

Early lifeEdit

Noble is the daughter of mother Pat Curtice who worked as an assistant director on commercials[3] and father Larry Kostroff[4][5] who worked in the film industry in various positions including as producer of films like 1968's The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, 1973's The Last Detail, 1982's The Year of Living Dangerously and 1983's WarGames.[3] Noble's brother, Michael Kostroff, played defense attorney Maurice Levy on The Wire.[6][7] Noble says she spent her childhood on movie sets, growing up on location.[3]

She has a degree in sociology.[3]


Eric Overmyer, Nina K. Noble, David Simon, and George Pelecanos with a Peabody Award, 2012

Before entering television she worked extensively in film. Initially she was a production assistant and then became a second assistant director after joining the Directors Guild of America in 1984.[2] She worked as a freelance assistant director for ten years and worked with several notable film-makers including Alan Parker, Paul Mazursky, Ron Shelton, Stephen Frears, Paul Verhoeven and Ivan Reitman.[2]

In 1995, Noble began producing and production managing television projects for Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana.[2] They introduced her to writer David Simon in 1999 when he was developing his book The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood for the HBO network.[2] She collaborated with Simon and Robert F. Colesberry to produce the Emmy award-winning The Corner for HBO.[2]

Noble continued her collaboration with Simon and Colesberry on their next project The Wire. She was involved from the beginning and was credited as a producer for the show's first season.[8][9][10] She retained her role for the show's second season and her credit was upgraded to co-executive producer.[11] For the third and fourth season she was credited as executive producer alongside Simon.[12][13] She continued in this role for the fifth and final season.[14]

Noble has produced all four of Simon’s HBO series. On their collaboration: "My credibility is predicated on working with Nina," Simon says. "Nina makes us come in on budget all the time. Ask HBO how many shows they have that come in on budget."[15]

Noble produced David Simon's mini-series, Show Me a Hero, based on the book by Lisa Belkin.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

Noble is married to David Noble.[17] She has two sons, Nick and Jason.[17]


  1. ^ "Nina K Noble - United States Public Records". FamilySearch. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Nina K. Noble Biography". HBO. 2007. Retrieved 17 October 2007.
  3. ^ a b c d Walker, Dave (3 July 2011). "While managing 'Treme's' production mechanics, Nina Kostroff Noble also makes creative contributions". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Larry Kostroff - California, Divorce Index". FamilySearch. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Larry Kostroff - California, Divorce Index". FamilySearch. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Cast & Crew - Michael Kostroff as Maurice "Maury" Levy". HBO. 2008. Retrieved 15 January 2008.
  7. ^ "Character profile - Maurice "Maury" Levy". HBO. 2008. Retrieved 15 January 2008.
  8. ^ Steiner, Marc (20 March 2008). "3/20/08 The Wire Podcasts: Nina K. Noble" (Audio podcast). Center for Emerging Media. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  9. ^ Steiner, Mark. "3/20/08 The Wire Podcasts: Nina K. Noble (audio)". The Mark Steiner Show. Archived from the original (Mp3) on 16 April 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  10. ^ "The Wire season 1 crew". HBO. 2007. Retrieved 14 October 2007.
  11. ^ "The Wire season 2 crew". HBO. 2007. Retrieved 14 October 2007.
  12. ^ "The Wire season 3 crew". HBO. 2007. Retrieved 14 October 2007.
  13. ^ "The Wire season 4 crew". HBO. 2007. Retrieved 14 October 2007.
  14. ^ "The Wire season 5 crew". HBO. 2007. Retrieved 12 December 2007.
  15. ^ Mason, Wyatt (17 March 2010). "The HBO Auteur". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  16. ^ Friedlander, Whitney (30 July 2014). "Oscar Isaac, Catherine Keener to Star in David Simon's Civil Rights Miniseries for HBO". Variety. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  17. ^ a b "Nina Kostroff - mentioned in the record of Jason Lewis Innes Noble - North Carolina, Birth Index". FamilySearch. Retrieved 18 October 2014.

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