Alik Sakharov

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Alik Sakharov
Born (1959-05-17) May 17, 1959 (age 64)
OccupationFilm director
Years active1985–present
Notable workThe Sopranos
Black Sails
Marco Polo
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
The Witcher

Alik Sakharov (born May 17, 1959) is a film and television director. A former Director of Photography, he is an active member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC).


Sakharov entered the US film scene when he began sharing the responsibilities of a lighting cameraman in 1985 in the New York industrial video scene, eventually progressing to shooting music videos, commercials, narrative films.

Sakharov served as Director of Photography on numerous feature films, as well as a formidable number of programs for network television and premium cable, most notably on HBO's The Sopranos (38 episodes), and, as Director/cinematographer, on HBO's Rome (10 episodes), and Game of Thrones (8 episodes). He served as Director/co-Executive Producer on the third season of Starz' television series Black Sails.

In seasons one and two of Netflix series Marco Polo Sakharov directed: "Feast";[1] "The Fourth Step";[2] "Lost Crane";[3] "The Fellowship".[4] He directed a Marco Polo stand-alone Christmas-special episode, entitled "Marco Polo: One Hundred Eyes".

In 2016 he directed episodes of Goliath for the Amazon Studios. That same year, he joined Netflix' House of Cards, directing chapters 55, 56, 59, 66, and 72.[5][6][7]

In 2018, he directed episodes of Ozark. Later that year, Sakharov joined The Witcher. After completing nearly three episodes in season one, he amicably parted ways with the project. In 2019, Sakharov returned to Ozark to direct the mega-block of the last four episodes in season three. He received an Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Emmy Nomination for the penultimate episode of the season "Fire Pink". In 2022, Sakharov joined AppleTV+ Invasion (2021 TV series) as a Director/Executive Producer.


As a member of the Sopranos creative ensemble, Sakharov was honored twice (in 2002[8] & 2004[9]) by the American Film Institute's A Year of Excellence Award.[10]

In 2004, Sakharov earned the 19th Annual ASC Awards[11] nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in a single camera category for The Sopranos episode "Long Term Parking".

In 2007, Sakharov won the Primetime Emmy Award[12] for Outstanding Cinematography for the ROME episode "Passover".

In 2013, Sakharov won the OFTA Award[13] for Best Direction In A Drama Series for Game of Thrones.

In 2020, Sakharov earned a Primetime Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series for Ozark episode "Fire Pink".


Since 2006 Sakharov has worked primarily as a television director, with credits including:


  1. ^ "Feast". IMDb. Retrieved June 26, 2020.
  2. ^ "The Fourth Step". IMDb. Retrieved June 26, 2020.
  3. ^ "Lost Crane". IMDb. Retrieved June 26, 2020.
  4. ^ "The Fellowship". IMDb. Retrieved June 26, 2020.
  5. ^ "Ozark - Chapter 55". IMDb. Retrieved June 26, 2020.
  6. ^ "Ozark - Chapter 56". IMDb. Retrieved June 26, 2020.
  7. ^ "Ozark - Chapter 59". IMDb. Retrieved June 26, 2020.
  8. ^ "AFI Awards 2002". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on February 11, 2004. Retrieved April 18, 2012.
  9. ^ "AFI Awards 2004". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on June 3, 2005. Retrieved April 18, 2012.
  10. ^ "AFI Awards 2011". American Film Institute.
  11. ^ "Past ASC Awards". The American Society of Cinematographers. Archived from the original on November 12, 2010.
  12. ^ Mesger, Robin (September 8, 2007). "59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards" (PDF). Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
  13. ^ "2012-13 Online Film & Television Association". Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved July 10, 2016.

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