Daniel Brett Weiss is an American author, screenwriter, producer, and director. Along with his collaborator David Benioff, he is best known as screenwriter, executive producer, and sometimes director of Game of Thrones, the HBO adaptation of George R. R. Martin's series of books A Song of Ice and Fire.
He is currently the co-creator, showrunner, producer and writer for HBO's upcoming TV series, Confederate.
D. B. Weiss jumped from a nascent career as a novelist to an abruptly celebrated television producer and writer, scoring a monster hit with his first venture into the medium as creator of the HBO series "Game of Thrones" (2011- ). Weiss studied at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, where he first met David Benioff; the two would stay in touch as sounding boards for each other's literary works. In 2003, Weiss published his first book, Lucky Wander Boy, an oddball post-mod rumination on video game culture as a filter of life, while Benioff, upon adapting his own first novel for the screen, went on to a successful screenwriting career. In 2006, Benioff introduced Weiss to the vast sword-and-sorcery otherworld of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels. The creative duo and Martin would go on to sell the property to HBO as a TV series. Four years in the making, with four shoots going on in four different countries, the ambitious production premiered on HBO as "Game of Thrones" in spring 2011 and quickly became a cable TV phenomenon. Transitioning to TV production both of massive scale and nearly universally acclaimed genius, Weiss and Benioff seemingly overnight made themselves ballyhooed television hitmakers, the darlings of critics and fanatical genre programming audiences alike.
- Weiss earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the Writer's Workshop at the University of Iowa
- Weiss wrote an early, unused draft of the screenplay for "Ender's Game" for original director Wolfgang Petersen.