David Benioff
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United States
2019

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David
Benioff

Writer / Producer

Fan criticism of the eighth and final season HBO’s “Game of Thrones” didn’t prevent Benioff and fellow showrunner D.B. Weiss from scoring a multi-year, multimillion-dollar deal with Netflix in August to write, produce and direct TV series and films exclusively for the mega-streamer. Benioff broke into the business when he adapted his first novel, “25th Hour,” written as his master’s thesis at UC Irvine, into a 2002 film directed by Spike Lee and starring Edward Norton. He went on to script “Troy” (2004), “Stay” (2005),” “The Kite Runner” (2007) and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (2009) before teaming with Weiss on creating what would become the juggernaut “Thrones.”

Career

  • X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE
  • THE KITE RUNNER
  • GAME OF THRONES

Education

  • Dartmouth College (NH, USA)
  • University of California–Irvine (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Showrunners Impact
  • TV Producers Impact
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Ronny Chieng to Host International Emmys, Conleth Hill to Present Founders Award to David Benioff and D.B. Weiss

Ronny Chieng to Host International Emmys, Conleth Hill to Present Founders Award to David Benioff and D.B. Weiss

Comedian and actor Ronny Chieng will host the 47th International Emmy Awards Gala in New York later this month.Conleth Hill, known for playing Lord Varys in “Game of Thrones," will be on hand to give the Founders Award to David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the creators of the hit HBO series, at the Nov. 25 ceremony at the New York Hilton.Chieng, a correspondent on “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” and star of “Crazy Rich Asians,” has notched sold-out standup...

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