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Weiss in 2016
Born
Daniel Brett Weiss

April 23, 1971 (1971-04-23) (age 50)
Education Wesleyan University (BA)
Trinity College Dublin (MPhil)
University of Iowa (MFA)
Occupation Television producer, writer, director
Spouse(s) Andrea Troyer
Children 2

Daniel Brett "Dan" Weiss ( born April 23, 1971) is an American television writer, director, and producer. Along with his collaborator David Benioff, he is best-known as co-creator and showrunner of Game of Thrones (2011–2019), the HBO adaptation of George R. R. Martin's series of books A Song of Ice and Fire.

Early life

Weiss was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. His family is Jewish, with ancestral roots in Germany. He graduated from Wesleyan University and earned a Master of Philosophy in Irish literature from Trinity College Dublin, where he wrote his thesis on James Joyce's Finnegans Wake, and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Career

Weiss worked as personal assistant on films such as The Viking Sagas for New Line Cinema. For a brief period, he also worked as a personal assistant for musician Glenn Frey. Weiss went to Dublin in 1995 to study Anglo-Irish literature and met David Benioff, the screenwriter of Troy. Three years later, around 1998, they met again in Santa Monica, California.

Weiss and Benioff co-wrote a screenplay for a film titled The Headmaster, but it was never made. In 2003, they were hired to collaborate on a new script of Orson Scott Card's book Ender's Game, in consultation with the then-designated director Wolfgang Petersen. It was not used.

Weiss's 2003 debut novel, Lucky Wander Boy, is themed around video games. In 2006, he said he had written a second novel that "needs a second draft". The same year, Weiss completed a screenplay for a film adaptation of the video game series Halo, based on a script by Alex Garland, but director Neill Blomkamp declared the project dead in late 2007.

Weiss also worked on a script for a prequel to I Am Legend, but in May 2011, director Francis Lawrence said that he did not think the prequel would ever happen.

Weiss collaborated with Benioff on the HBO television series Game of Thrones, based on George R. R. Martin's book series A Song of Ice and Fire. Benioff and Weiss also directed three episodes together. For the first two, they flipped a coin to decide who would get the credit on the show. Weiss received directing credit for "Two Swords", Season 4 episode 1, while Benioff was credited for "Walk of Punishment", Season 3 episode 3. Benioff and Weiss were both credited for co-directing the series finale, "The Iron Throne".

On July 19, 2017, Weiss announced that he and Benioff were going to begin production on another HBO series, Confederate, after the final season of Game of Thrones. Weiss and Benioff said, "We have discussed Confederate for years, originally as a concept for a feature film, but our experience on Thrones has convinced us that no one provides a bigger, better storytelling canvas than HBO."

On February 6, 2018, Disney announced that Weiss and Benioff would write and produce a new series of Star Wars films after the last season of Game of Thrones ended in 2019. Toward the end of the last season, a petition to HBO was started on Change.org. It described showrunners Benioff and Weiss as "woefully incompetent writers" and demanded "competent writers" to remake the eighth season of Game of Thrones in a manner "that makes sense". The petition eventually amassed over 1.5 million signatures. In the Chicago Sun Times, Richard Roeper wrote that the backlash to the eighth season was so great that he doubted he had "ever seen the level of fan (and to a lesser degree, critical) vitriol leveled at" Game of Thrones.

In early 2019, Weiss and Benioff entered into an exclusive $200 million deal with Netflix to produce several films and television shows exclusively for it. In late October 2019, it was reported that Weiss and Benioff had exited their deal with Disney due to their commitments to Netflix.

Weiss and Benioff's first project on Netflix were as directors of Leslie Jones's stand-up comedy special Time Machine.

In September 2020, it was announced that Weiss, Benioff and Alexander Woo would write and executive produce a Netflix series based on The Three-Body Problem trilogy.

Personal life

Weiss and his wife, Andrea Troyer, have two children.

Filmography

Television

Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2011–2019 Game of Thrones Yes Yes Yes Co-creator
Executive producer
Directed and wrote episode:"Two Swords"
Directed and wrote episode (with David Benioff):"The Iron Throne"
Wrote: 45 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series (2015-2016)
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (2015-2016)
Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form (2012)
Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form (2013-2014)
Producers Guild of America Award for Best Episodic Drama (2015)
Golden Nymph Awards for Outstanding International Producer (2012)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series (2011-2014)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (2011-2014)
Nominated—Producers Guild of America Award for Best Episodic Drama (2011-2014, 2016, 2018)
Nominated—BAFTA for Best International Programme (2013)
Nominated—Writers Guild of America Award for Dramatic Series (2011-2012, 2014–2016, 2018)
Nominated—Writers Guild of America Award for Episodic Drama (2015-2016)
Nominated—Writers Guild of America Award for New Series (2011)
Nominated—Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form (2015, 2017)
Nominated—USC Scripter Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (2016-2017)
Nominated—Humanitas Prize for 60 Minute Network or Syndicated Television (2017)
2013–2017 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Yes Wrote episode: "Flowers for Charlie"
Bored Lifeguard #2 (cameo in "The Gang Goes to a Water Park")
2014 The Specials Yes Executive producer
2020 Leslie Jones: Time Machine Yes Co-direct with David Benioff
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