David Nutter

David Nutter (born 1960) is an American television and film director and television producer. He is best known for directing pilot episodes for television. In 2015, he received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, for his work on the HBO series Game of Thrones.[1]

David Nutter
Nutter at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2015.
Born1960 (age 5859)
United States
EducationUniversity of Miami
OccupationTelevision director, film director, television producer
Years active1985–present

Early life and education

Nutter was born in 1960. He graduated from Dunedin High School in Dunedin, Florida, in 1978. He subsequently graduated from the University of Miami, where he originally enrolled as a music major.[2]


Nutter started his career directing episodes of Superboy and The X-Files. From there he would go on to direct the pilot and help with the creation of Space: Above and Beyond, Millennium, Sleepwalkers, Roswell, Dark Angel, Smallville, Tarzan, Without a Trace, Dr. Vegas, Jack & Bobby, Supernatural, Traveler, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, The Mentalist, and Shameless.

He also directed "Replacements", the fourth part of the mini-series Band of Brothers, and shared in that series's Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special. Other directing highlights include "Join the Club", an Emmy-nominated episode of The Sopranos, and the 1998 feature film Disturbing Behavior.

Nutter directed 10 episodes of the HBO series Entourage, including "The Resurrection", "The Prince's Bride" and the series finale, "The End".

In 2008, LG used Nutter's pilot expertise to create a campaign for its new "Scarlet" line of HDTVs, by creating a promotional clip in the style of a trailer for a TV pilot.[3]

In 2011, Nutter directed the pilot of Rina Mimoun's The Doctor, for CBS.[4]

In 2012, Nutter directed "The Old Gods and the New" and "A Man Without Honor", two episodes of the second season of the HBO series Game of Thrones. In 2013, he directed the last two episodes of the third season, "The Rains of Castamere" (with the infamous "Red Wedding" sequence) and "Mhysa".[5]

Nutter also directed the pilot of The CW series Arrow, based on the comic-book character Green Arrow, starring Stephen Amell.

In 2014, he returned to the series Game of Thrones to direct the last two episodes of the fifth season, "The Dance of Dragons" and "Mother's Mercy".[6] For the latter, he received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.

In 2015, Nutter experienced a major injury that required several back surgeries, and had to skip directing any episodes of the next two seasons of Game of Thrones while he recovered.[7].

In September 2017, it was announced that Nutter would return to direct at least two episodes of the eighth season of Game of Thrones, alongside Miguel Sapochnik, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss for the remainder of the episodes.[8] It was later confirmed that Nutter would direct three episodes, which includes the first, second and fourth episodes of the eighth season.[9]

List of directed pilots

The first sixteen pilots that Nutter directed have all gone to series.[4] This streak was broken in 2011 when CBS chose to not pick up Rina Mimoun's The Doctor.

Personal life

Nutter was married to his wife, Birgit, from May, 1987 until her passing in 2019.[10] They have two children, actress Zoe K. Nutter and Ben Nutter [2] Birgit Mayer Nutter lost her battle with pancreatic cancer on the 24th July 2019.[11]


  1. Game of Thrones Just Broke a Major Emmys Record Eliana Dockterman. Time Magazine. Sept. 20, 2015. Retrieved Sept. 20, 2015
  2. David Nutter: the networks’ head starter Caroline Parry. The Broadcast Interview. Broadcastnow.co.uk. Media Business Insight Limited. September 23, 2010. Retrieved September 20, 2015
  3. LG reveals the Scarlet secret. YouTube. April 18, 2009.
  4. Nellie Andreeva. "Several Broadcast Pilots Book Directors". Deadline.
  5. Michael Calia. "'Game of Thrones' Director on Why One Death Wasn't Shown". WSJ.
  6. "Game of Thrones Season 5: What We Know So Far". Watchers On The Wall. August 1, 2014. Retrieved February 6, 2015.
  7. "Game of Thrones: The Emotional Story Behind Director David Nutter's Return". Vanity Fair. April 15, 2019. Retrieved April 22, 2019.
  8. Hibberd, James (September 26, 2017). "Game of Thrones season 8 directors revealed: Fan favorites return". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
  9. Chitwood, Adam (December 15, 2017). "'Justice League' DP Fabian Wagner on Zack Snyder's Cut, Superman's Black Suit & 'Game of Thrones'". Collider. Archived from the original on December 16, 2017. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  10. David Nutter: The X-Files Mark His Success Archived February 17, 2016, at the Wayback Machine St. Petersburg Times/The Tampa Bay Times. Joni M. Fisher. 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2015
  11. Birgit Nutter, Wife of 'Game of Thrones' Director David Nutter, Dies at 56 Archived September 17, 2019, at Archive.today The Hollywood Reporter. Mike Barnes. 2019. Retrieved September 16, 2019
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