Workshop alumnus, D.B. Weiss' co-created television adaptation of 'Game of Thrones' nominated in a record-32 Emmy Award categories
Workshop alumnus D.B. Weiss (MFA, 1998) is co-creator of the record-shattering HBO television series, Game of Thrones, which was based on the bestselling book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R.R. Martin. The show with its creators, cast and crew has been nominated for a record 32 Emmy Awards for 2019.
Game of Thrones is a fantasy drama television series which aired for eight seasons starting in 2011. Its first season opened with 2.5 million viewers on average per episode. By 2016, the average was up to 7.69 million, and season 8, the final season, capped off with an average of 11.99 million viewers per episode. Quickly ascending to become the most popular show to air on a U.S. network, Game of Thrones has won many awards, including two Golden Globe nominations, 47 Primetime Emmys, and a Peabody Award. The Emmy awards have included 2015, 2016 and 2018 awards for Outstanding Drama Series, and two Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series awards for the episodes, "Mother's Mercy" in 2015 and "Battle of the Bastards" in 2016.
Weiss and co-writer David Benioff were previously nominated for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series Emmys in 2011 for season 1, episode 9: "Baelor"; for season 3, episode 9: "The Rains of Castamere" (2013); for the season 4 finale, "The Children" (2014); and in 2018 for the season 7 finale, "The Dragon and the Wolf".
This year, the two writers have been nominated for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series and Outstanding Directing For a Drama Series for their eighth season series finale, "The Iron Throne." "The Iron Throne" reached 13.61 million viewers on its initial broadcast on HBO, breaking a record previously held by The Sopranos. 5.7 million more viewers watched on streaming platforms, bringing the total to 19.3 million.
The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony will be held September 22, 2019, in Los Angeles, California.
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