David Benioff
United States

Game of Thrones



Part of the brain trust – with D.B. Weiss – for the most popular fantasy series on TV (one that’s inspired countless upstarts like MTV’s “The Shannara Chronicles”), “Game of Thrones” has shattered ratings records for HBO and garnered a slew of awards, including two back-to-back Emmy Awards for best drama series. It also has led to a cottage industry of product spin-offs (“Game of Thrones” coloring books, map book or beer steins, anyone?).

Along with Weiss, Benioff had the idea of adapting George R.R Martin’s novels, despite the potential challenges. “The more we read, the more we thought, God, if we could just get this going, we really think people would be addicted to the show in the way that we are addicted to the books,” he told Variety in 2015.

Once the series took off, they set ever-higher goals for themselves in terms of production values. “It’s the best job I could have ever imagined having,” Benioff said. “(But) it’s all encompassing. You’re never not working on the show.”

Benioff, who is also an acclaimed novelist (“The 25th Hour,” “City of Thieves”), began his Hollywood career as a screenwriter (“Troy,” “Stay,” “The Kite Runner”). He’s been married to actress Amanda Peet since 2006.


  • TROY


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

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