Jonas Pate

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Jonas Pate
Jonas James Pate

(1970-01-15) January 15, 1970 (age 53)
Occupation(s)Screenwriter, director, producer
Years active1996–present
Jennifer Pate
(m. 2001)

Jonas James Pate (born January 15, 1970) is an American screenwriter, director and producer. He wrote and directed The Grave, Deceiver, The Take, and directed Shrink. Pate also co-created Good vs Evil, Surface and Outer Banks.

Early life[edit]

Jonas Pate was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and is the twin brother of fellow filmmaker Josh Pate.[1] Pate's parents divorced when he was young, and the siblings were raised through elementary school with their mother and step-father in Atlanta, Georgia, and through high school with their father and step-mother in Raeford, NC.[2] He studied philosophy at Princeton University, and graduated in 1992.[3][4]


In 1996, Pate started his career by writing and directing the thriller film called The Grave with his brother Josh.[5][6] After a screening at the Sundance Film Festival, it received a wide range of positive reviews.[4][7] The following year, they collaborated on the movie Deceiver.[8] He subsequently co-created the fantasy action television show Good vs Evil (1999) alongside his brother.[9] From 2003 to 2004, he served as co-executive producer on L.A. Dragnet,[10][11] for which he also wrote an episode.[12] In 2005, he co-created the science fiction series Surface, which aired until 2006.[13][14]

As his filmography was already fleshing out, he took on several directing jobs on television series like Battlestar Galactica (2005),[15][16] Bionic Woman (2007),[17] Friday Night Lights (2007-2010),[18] Chuck (2008),[19] The Philanthropist (2009),[20] Caprica (2010),[21][22][23] Undercovers (2010),[24] The Event (2010-2011),[25] and Prime Suspect (2011).[26] He continued his film career by writing the screenplay for The Take (2007).[27][28] In 2009, he directed the independent film Shrink.[29]

Pate is the director and executive producer on the Battlestar Galactica prequel entitled Blood & Chrome.[30][31][32][33] He has also signed on to direct the independent crime drama film Way Down South, written by himself and his brother.[34][35]

Pate is the creator and executive producer of Outer Banks for Netflix, a drama that premiered on April 15, 2020.[36]

Personal life[edit]

Pate currently lives with his wife, Jennifer,[37] and two children[38] in Wilmington, North Carolina.[36]

In 2020, he was appointed by Governor Roy Cooper to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Film, Television, and Digital Streaming.[36]


Year Title Credited as
Screenwriter Director Producer
1996 The Grave Yes Yes
1997 Deceiver Yes Yes
2007 The Take Yes
2009 Shrink Yes
2013 Way Down South Yes Yes
Year Title Credited as Notes
Screenwriter Director Producer
1999-2000 Good vs Evil Yes Yes Yes co-creator
Episodes written:
"Orange Volvo"
Episodes directed:
"Orange Volvo"
"Gee Your Hair Smells Evil"
"Sunday Night Evil"
11 episodes as executive producer
2003-2004 L.A. Dragnet Yes Yes Episode written: "Abduction"
10 episodes as co-executive producer
2005 Battlestar Galactica Yes Episode directed: "Colonial Day"
2005-2006 Surface Yes Yes Yes co-creator
15 episodes written
Episode directed: "Episode 1.1"
15 episodes as executive producer
2007 Bionic Woman Yes Yes Episode directed: "The Education of Jaime Sommers"
Episodes as co-executive producer:
"The Education of Jaime Sommers" (director)
"The List"
"Trust Issues"
"Do Not Disturb"
2007-2010 Friday Night Lights Yes Episodes directed:
"Nevermind" (assistant director)
"How Did I Get Here"
2008 Chuck Yes Episode directed: "Chuck Versus the Sensei"
Jen and Barb: Mom Life Yes executive producer
2009 The Philanthropist Yes Yes Episodes directed:
"Nigeria Part II"
8 episodes as co-executive producer
2010 Caprica Yes Yes Episodes directed:
17 episodes as co-executive producer
Undercovers Yes Episode directed: "Funny Money"
2010-2011 The Event Yes Episodes directed:
"The Beginning of the End"
2011 Prime Suspect Yes Episodes directed:
"Carnivorous Sheep"
"Great Guy, Yet: Dead"
The Single Life Yes executive producer
2012 Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome Yes Yes executive producer
2013 Deception Yes Yes Episodes directed:
"Nothing's Free, Little Girl"
"A Drop of Blood and a Microscope"
"Stay with Me"
"Good Luck with Your Death"
"I'll Start with The Hilbilly"
2014 Believe Yes Yes Episodes directed: "White Noise"
2015 Blood & Oil Yes Yes Episodes directed: "Pilot"
"The Ripple Effect"
2015-2016 Aquarius Yes Yes Episodes directed: "Everybody's Been Burned"
"The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game"
"Old Ego is a Too Much Thing"
"Helter Skelter"
"Happiness is a Warm Gun"
"Revolution 9"
"Revolution 9"
2016 Good Behavior Yes Episodes directed: "We Pretend We're Stuck"
2017 The Arrangement Yes Episodes directed: "The Ex"
"The New Narrative"
Chance Yes Episodes directed: "Mutliaxial System"
"The Collected Works of William Shakespeare"
"A Madness of Two"
2018 Marvel's Iron Fist Yes Episodes directed: "A Duel of Iron"
New Amsterdam" Yes Episodes directed: "Every Last Minute"
2020 - present Outer Banks Yes Yes Yes co-creator and co-executive producer with Josh Pate and Shannon Burke (writer). Co-wrote 3 episodes, “Pilot”, “Spy Games” and “Prayers”. Directed 12 episodes, “Pilot”, “The Lucky Compass”, “Midsummers”, “ Parcel 9”, “The Bell Tower”, “The Phantom”, “The Gold”, “The Heist”, “Prayers”, “Homecoming”, “Trapped”, and “The Coastal Venture”.
Music videos
Year Title Credited as Notes
Screenwriter Director Producer
2006 Best of Chris Isaak Yes "Please"

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of awards and award nominations
Year Award Award category Title of work Result
1996 Mystfest Best Film The Grave Nominated
1997 Stockholm International Film Festival Best Screenplay Deceiver (shared with Josh Pate) Won
1998 Festival du Film Policier de Cognac Special Jury Prize Deceiver (shared with Josh Pate) Won


  1. ^ Smith, Steven (January 18, 1998). "Pate Twins Pair Up to Co-Pilot Several Projects". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  2. ^ "Jonas Pate - Family and Companions". Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  3. ^ "The Brothers Pate". Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Jonas and Josh Pate". Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  5. ^ "The Grave 1996". Archived from the original on December 10, 2015. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  6. ^ "THE GRAVE". Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  7. ^ "1996 Sundance Film Festival". Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  8. ^ "Deceiver (film)". Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  9. ^ Richmond, Ray (July 15, 1999). "(Comedy / Thriller Series -- USA Network, Sun. July 18, 8 p.m.)". Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  10. ^ "L.A. Dragnet". Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  11. ^ "L.A. Dragnet Producers". Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  12. ^ "Abduction Writers". Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  13. ^ "Surfacing with Josh Pate". Archived from the original on November 5, 2012. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  14. ^ "Journal Now Interview With "Surface" Co-Creator". Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  15. ^ "Battlestar Galactica: Colonial Day". Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  16. ^ "Battlestar Galactica: Colonial Day credits". Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  17. ^ "Review: 'Bionic Woman' - The Education Of Jaime Sommers". Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  18. ^ "Jonas Pate Credits". Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  19. ^ "EPISODE CAST AND CREW". Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  20. ^ "The Philanthropist Haiti". Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  21. ^ "Caprica: Retribution Review". Archived from the original on October 18, 2010. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  22. ^ "Once More With Feeling—Caprica's "Rebirth"". Archived from the original on May 14, 2012. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  23. ^ "CAPRICA 1.18 'Apotheosis'". Archived from the original on May 4, 2014. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  24. ^ "Undercovers (2010): Funny Money". Archived from the original on May 4, 2014. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  25. ^ "The Event 1.06 "Loyalty" Review". Archived from the original on February 10, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  26. ^ "Watch ""Prime Suspect" Carnivorous Sheep (2011)" Movie Online". Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  27. ^ "The Take (2007)". Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  28. ^ "Complete Cast of The Take". Archived from the original on June 6, 2012. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  29. ^ "Shiny Happy People Acting: Jonas Pate's "Shrink"". Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  30. ^ "Series Pilots Land Directors Including Mark Romanek for LOCKE & KEY and Jonas Pate for BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD & CHROME". Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  31. ^ "Four Drama Pilots Land Directors". Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  32. ^ "'Battlestar Galactica: Blood And Chrome'". Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  33. ^ "Production Begins on Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome". Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  34. ^ "Jonas Pate lines up crime drama cast". Archived from the original on May 4, 2014. Retrieved November 3, 2011.
  35. ^ "Alessandra Torresani on American Horror Story tonight, new interviews with James Marsters, Scott Porter & Christopher Heyerdahl". Retrieved November 3, 2011.
  36. ^ a b c "NC Gov. Cooper: Governor Cooper Announces Appointments to State Boards and Commissions". Retrieved 2020-05-12.
  37. ^ "Jen's story". Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  38. ^ "JENNIFER PATE, webseries co-host and co-executive producer, former casting director". Archived from the original on August 22, 2011. Retrieved October 23, 2011.

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