David Benioff
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United States
2018

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David
Benioff

Writer / Producer

Benioff and writing partner D.B. Weiss are responsible for perhaps the most ambitious show in television history. “Game of Thrones” has shattered ratings records for HBO and garnered a continuing slew of awards, including multiple Emmys for best drama. And the duo’s “Thrones” success has spawned a wealth of new opportunities. In 2017, HBO announced to much controversy that following the upcoming eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones,” Benioff and Weiss would exec-produce a new series, “Confederate,” that would imagine a world in which the South had won the Civil War. More warmly received was Lucasfilm’s revelation this year that the two will create a new trilogy for the “Star Wars” franchise — news that upended the possible future of “Confederate.”

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
  • Showrunners Impact
  • TV Producers Impact
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