Bryan Cogman

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Bryan Cogman
Born (1979-07-25) July 25, 1979 (age 44)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
EducationJuilliard School (BFA)
Occupation(s)Television writer, television producer

Robert Bryan Cogman (born July 25, 1979)[1] is an American television writer and producer. He wrote eleven episodes of the HBO series Game of Thrones.

He is also the author of the book 'Inside HBO's Game of Thrones' which features a preface by A Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. Martin.[2]

Early life[edit]

Cogman was born in Oklahoma City, and moved to the Washington, D.C. area when his father became Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Dewey Bartlett.[3]

He attended Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, DC. He was in the class of 1997.[4]

He was educated at the Juilliard School and graduated with a BFA in Acting, class of 2001.[3] Juilliard classmates included Lee Pace, Anthony Mackie, Tracie Thoms, and Steven Boyer.

After graduating from Juilliard, "spent the next decade working on his acting career, with little to show for it". Unable to get consistent work as an actor, he sold printer cartridges on the side to pay rent.[3]


Bryan Cogman eventually became a writer for HBO's Game of Thrones. His wife was working as a nanny for David Benioff, at the same time that Cogman was working on a pilot pitch script for a project that never materialized. Benioff agreed to read over Cogman's script, and was impressed enough that he hired him as a personal assistant. Benioff began working with Cogman and got him a job as a writer's assistant on NBC's My Own Worst Enemy. The show only lasted nine episodes, but the same day it was cancelled, HBO officially picked up Game of Thrones with David Benioff as co-showrunner. Benioff hired Cogman as his personal assistant, copy-editing scripts in the first season, but then abruptly promoted him to be the official writer for the fourth episode. Cogman remained a staff writer for the rest of the show's run.[3]

In 2014, Cogman was hired by 20th Century Fox to write a feature film based on characters and stories from Magic: The Gathering,[5] a popular fantasy trading card game.

Cogman gave an interview with ThinkProgress in 2012.[6]

In 2015, it was announced he would pen the live-action remake of The Sword in the Stone for Disney.[7]

In September 2017, Cogman was announced as a creator of a developing fifth Game of Thrones prequel series.[8] In April 2019, Cogman confirmed that this potential series would not be moving forward.[9]

In May 2019, George R. R. Martin mentioned on his blog that Cogman would be helping Amazon Video with their new The Lord of the Rings series.[10] More recently, he signed a deal with Entertainment One.[11]

In March 2023, Cogman was announced as the series showrunner for the Disney+ television adaptation of Zorro with Wilmer Valderrama set to star.[12]



Year Title Writer Producer Notes
TBA The Sword in the Stone Yes Yes Upcoming Disney+


Year Title Writer Producer Actor Notes
2011–2019 Game of Thrones Yes Yes Yes Wrote: 11 episodes
Dragonstone waiter (uncredited cameo in "The Lion and the Rose")
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series (2015–2016, 2018–2019)[13]
Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form (2012)[14]
Producers Guild of America Award for Best Episodic Drama (2015)[15]
Nominated—Writers Guild of America Award for Dramatic Series (2011–2012, 2014–2016)[16][17][18][19][20]
Nominated—Producers Guild of America Award for Best Episodic Drama (2016, 2018)[21][22]
Nominated—Writers Guild of America Award for Dramatic Series (2017)[23]
2022 The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power No Yes No Consulting producer


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  2. ^ Nissim, Mayer (September 26, 2012). "'Inside HBO's Game of Thrones' new book released – pictures". Digital Spy.
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  4. ^ Tisha Thompson (July 16, 2015). "'Game of Thrones' Writer Credits Churchill High With His Success". WRC-TV. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  5. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (June 12, 2014). "'Game Of Thrones' Scribe Bryan Cogman Takes On 'Magic The Gathering' For Fox". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  6. ^ "'Game of Thrones' Story Editor Bryan Cogman on Brienne of Tarth, Sexposition, and Women In Fantasy | ThinkProgress". ThinkProgress. Archived from the original on August 2, 2014. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  7. ^ Westbrook, Caroline (July 22, 2015). "Game of Thrones writer to pen live action Sword in the Stone remake". Metro.
  8. ^ Khosla, Proma (September 20, 2017). "We've finally got some details on one of the proposed 'Game of Thrones' spinoffs-- and fans are sure to be excited". Mashable. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  9. ^ Thorne, Will (April 24, 2019). "'Game of Thrones': Bryan Cogman Confirms His Spinoff Isn't Happening". Variety. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  10. ^ "An Ending". georgerrmartin. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  11. ^ Low, Elaine (December 7, 2020). "'Game of Thrones' Writer-Producer Bryan Cogman Inks New Overall Deal With eOne". Variety. Retrieved December 9, 2020.
  12. ^ Peralta, Diego (March 6, 2023). "Disney+ 'Zorro' Series Adds 'Game of Thrones' Writer Bryan Cogman as Showrunner". Collider. Retrieved March 6, 2023.
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  14. ^ "2012 Hugo Award Winners". World Science Fiction Society. September 2, 2012. Archived from the original on September 5, 2012. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
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  17. ^ "WGA Announces TV Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. December 6, 2012. Archived from the original on December 9, 2012. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  18. ^ Hipes, Patrick (December 4, 2014). "Writers Guild TV Nominations: 'True Detective' & 'Louie' Lead Way, Amazon Breaks Through With 'Transparent'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on February 15, 2015. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  19. ^ McNary, Dave (February 13, 2016). "WGA Honors 'Big Short,' 'Spotlight,' 'Mad Men' at 68th Awards". Variety. Archived from the original on May 3, 2016. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  20. ^ O'Connell, Michael (December 5, 2016). "WGA TV Nominations Include 'Westworld,' 'This Is Us' and 'Stranger Things'". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on January 6, 2017. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  21. ^ DeSantis, Rachel (January 5, 2017). "People v. O.J., Stranger Things score Producers Guild Award nominations". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on January 6, 2017. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  22. ^ Dupre, Elyse (January 5, 2018). "2018 Producers Guild Award Nominations: The Full List of Film and TV Nominees". E! News. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  23. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (December 7, 2017). "Writers Guild Award TV Nominations: 'The Americans,' 'Handmaid's Tale,' 'GLOW' Grab Multiple Mentions". Variety. Retrieved December 7, 2017.

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