Favourite TV Directors

by lu_n55 | created - 25 Jun 2016 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

Just as all things aren't created equal, all TV isn't equally well-directed. Here is a list of TV directors whose names I'm excited to see in the credits of shows, as they raise my expectations of what I'm about to see.

1. Vince Gilligan

Producer | The X Files

George Vincent Gilligan Jr. (born February 10, 1967) is an American writer, producer, and director. He is known for his television work, specifically as creator, head writer, executive producer, and director of Breaking Bad and its spin-off Better Call Saul. He was a writer and producer for The ...

2. Michelle MacLaren

Producer | Breaking Bad

Michelle MacLaren was born in 1965 in Canada. She is a producer and director, known for Breaking Bad (2008), The Walking Dead (2010) and Game of Thrones (2011).

3. Miguel Sapochnik

Director | Game of Thrones

Miguel Sapochnik was born in July 1974 in Hammersmith, London, England as Miguel Vicente Rosenberg-Sapochnik. He is a director and producer, known for Game of Thrones (2011), Repo Men (2010) and Trainspotting (1996). He has been married to Alexis Raben since 2006.

4. Joe Russo

Director | Avengers: Endgame

Joe Russo was born on July 8, 1971 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Joseph Vincent Russo. He is a producer and director, known for Avengers: Endgame (2019), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).

5. Rian Johnson

Director | Looper

Rian Johnson was born in Maryland and at a young age, he moved to San Clemente, California, where he was raised. After graduating from high school, he went on to attend the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. His first feature film Brick (2005) was released in 2005 and was ...

6. Timothy Van Patten

Director | Boardwalk Empire

Timothy Van Patten was born on June 10, 1959 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Christopher Van Patten. He is a director and actor, known for Boardwalk Empire (2010), The Sopranos (1999) and The Pacific (2010). He has been married to Wendy Rossmeyer since May 23, 1996. They have three children.

7. David Fincher

Director | Se7en

David Fincher was born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado, and was raised in Marin County, California. When he was 18 years old he went to work for John Korty at Korty Films in Mill Valley. He subsequently worked at ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) from 1981-1983. Fincher left ILM to direct TV commercials...

8. Adam Bernstein

Director | Fargo

Adam Bernstein began his career as an animator, and at age 26 produced the first original programming for the Nickelodeon Network. He went on to direct over seventy music videos, including "Love Shack" for the B-52's, "Hey Ladies" for the Beastie Boys and "Baby's Got Back" for Sir Mix a Lot. In ...

9. David Slade

Director | Hard Candy

David Slade was born on September 26, 1969 in the UK. He is a producer and director, known for Hard Candy (2005), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) and Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018).

10. Cary Joji Fukunaga

Producer | Beasts of No Nation

Cary Joji Fukunaga was born on July 10, 1977 in Oakland, California, USA. He is a producer and director, known for Beasts of No Nation (2015), Sin Nombre (2009) and Maniac (2018).

11. Joss Whedon

Writer | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon is the middle of five brothers - his younger brothers are Jed Whedon and Zack Whedon. Both his father, Tom Whedon and his grandfather, John Whedon were successful television writers. Joss' mother, Lee Stearns, was a history teacher and she also wrote novels as Lee Whedon. Whedon was ...

12. Michael Rymer

Director | Picnic at Hanging Rock

Michael Rymer was born in 1963 in Australia. He is a producer and director, known for Picnic at Hanging Rock (2018), Battlestar Galactica (2004) and Hannibal (2013).

13. Alan Taylor

Director | Game of Thrones

Alan Taylor was born in 1965. He is a director and producer, known for Game of Thrones (2011), Thor: The Dark World (2013) and The Emperor's New Clothes (2001).

14. Daniel Attias

Director | Alias

Daniel Attias won the DGA's 2009 best drama directing award for The Wire (2002) (episode: "Transitions"). He has also been nominated three other times in that category for episodes of The Sopranos (1999) ("46 Long"), Six Feet Under (2001) ("Back to the Garden"), and "Homeland" (2015)_ ("13 Hours in...

15. David Nutter

Director | Game of Thrones

David Nutter was born in 1960 in the USA. He is a director and producer, known for Game of Thrones (2011), The Pacific (2010) and Space: Above and Beyond (1995). He was previously married to Birgit Nutter.

16. Daniel Sackheim

Producer | House M.D.

Daniel Sackheim is a producer and director, known for House (2004), The Glass House (2001) and The X Files (1998).

17. Neil Marshall

Director | Dog Soldiers

Neil Marshall was born on May 25, 1970 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. He is a director and producer, known for Dog Soldiers (2002), The Descent (2005) and Doomsday (2008). He was previously married to Axelle Carolyn.

18. Phil Abraham

Director | Daredevil

Phil Abraham is a director and cinematographer, known for Daredevil (2015), Mad Men (2007) and Ozark (2017).

19. Allen Coulter

Director | Remember Me

Allen Coulter is an American television and film director, credited with a number of successful television programs. He has directed two feature films, Hollywoodland, a film regarding the questionable death of George Reeves starring Adrien Brody, Diane Lane, and Ben Affleck, and the 2010 film ...

20. Keith Gordon

Director | A Midnight Clear

Keith Gordon was born on February 3, 1961 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a director and actor, known for A Midnight Clear (1992), Waking the Dead (2000) and Mother Night (1996). He has been married to Rachel Griffin since 1998.

21. Larysa Kondracki

Director | The Whistleblower

Larysa Kondracki was born in Toronto and studied English and theater at McGill University. She received an M.F.A. in film direction from Columbia University and directed the short film VIKO (2008) which played mainly at film festivals to widespread acclaim. The WHISTLEBLOWER is her first feature ...



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