Executive Producers Tell the Story Behind 'Game of Thrones'

by Jennifer Konerman  |  04.01.2014

​The story goes: Executive Producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss, friends for more than 17 years, had lunch with George R.R. Martin, guessed who Jon Snow’s real mother was, and the author was sold.

The story of how HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is slightly more complicated than that, but Benioff and Weiss tell the rest in a 5-minute video above. After reading the books, the two writers met with the fantasy author for lunch and mentioned taking the show to HBO, to which Martin replied: “I never imagined it anywhere else.” They then just had to pitch the “crazy undertaking” to HBO, which became a problematic pilot and later series that requires more than 250 cast members and 100 locations.

Season 4 debuts on HBO this Sunday, April 6.

[Image courtesy of HBO]

Tags:   hbo game-of-thrones
← Back

New from Daily Brief

AT&T, HBO Strike Historic Multi-Platform Content Deal
Brings HBO to AT&T’s DirecTV Now streaming platform in first-ever carriage deal to cover traditional and streaming services all at once.
US Households with TVs on the Rise, Nielsen Report Says
Separate study also points to a positive correlation between YouTube engagement and TV viewership.
‘Salem’ Character Posters Reveal First Look at Samuel Roukin as The Sentinel
WGN America released 10 portraits of the season 3 cast.
‘Chef’s Table: France’ Season 3 Key Art Released by Netflix
“Chef’s Table: France” highlights four of the world’s most renowned French chefs in four special episodes.
App Watch: How Revry is Changing the Consumption of LGBTQ Content
A new OTT offering curates and streams high-quality “Queerated” digital content that creators say fills a void.
HOT SPOT: TV Channel ‘Ukraine’ Creates Musical Independence Day Tribute
A series of six promotional videos use traditional folk instruments to capture the country’s spiritual and cultural heritage.
Oct 21
2016 PromaxBDA ANZ
Nov 1
PromaxBDA Latin America Awards 2016
Nov 3
PromaxBDA UK Conference & Awards 2016
Nov 3
2016 PromaxBDA Africa
Dec 1
2016 PromaxBDA Asia​
Mar 13, 2017
PromaxBDA Europe Conference 2017
Lethal Weapon