Damon Lindelof
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Damon
Lindelof

Producer / Writer

The much-in-demand TV writer, producer and showrunner is best known for co-creating the ABC hit show “Lost,” which ran from 2004 till 2010. The sci-fi, supernatural drama featured a large ensemble cast, expensive Hawaiian locations, plenty of existential mysteries from Lindelof and fellow EP Carlton Cuse, and an instant fan boy pedigree courtesy of co-creator J.J. Abrams who also directed the $14 million pilot. The show turned into a fan phenomenon and ratings juggernaut overnight, and was also met with critical acclaim, including an Emmy for best drama.

Since then, Lindelof’s career has gone into overdrive and he’s worked on high profile projects in both feature films and TV. He co-produced Abrams’ 2009 “Star Trek,” which made $385 million, and co-wrote Abrams’ 2013’s “Star Trek: Into Darkness” blockbuster, which grossed $467 million, “Cowboys & Aliens,” and “ World War Z.” For the latter, Lindelof was personally brought in by Brad Pitt to fix the troubled film, which went on to gross over $540 million. Ridley Scott likewise tapped the writer to co-write “Prometheus,” his “Alien” prequel, which grossed over $403 million.

Lindelof, who got his start working for legendary producer Alan Ladd, Jr., also co-wrote the ambitious 2015 sci-fi adventure “Tomorrowland” with director Brad Bird.

He has since returned his focus to TV. “The Leftovers,” which he co-ran with Tom Perrotta, just wrapped its three-season run on HBO, and he’s developing an adaptation of the comic book series “Watchmen” for the cabler.

Career

  • LOST
  • STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
  • THE LEFTOVERS

Education

  • New York University (NY, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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