Josh Pate

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Josh Pate
Born Joshua Warren Pate
(1970-01-15) January 15, 1970 (age 45)
Raeford, North Carolina, United States
Occupation Screenwriter, director, producer
Years active 1996–present

Joshua Warren "Josh" Pate (born January 15, 1970)[1][2] is an American screenwriter, director and producer. He wrote The Grave, Deceiver, and The Take. Pate also co-created Good vs Evil and Surface.

Early life[edit]

Josh Pate was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and is the twin brother of fellow filmmaker Jonas Pate.[3] Pate's parents divorced when he was young, and the siblings were raised together.[4] He received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1992.[5]


In 1996, Pate began his screenwriting career, working alongside his brother Jonas on the thriller called The Grave.[6][7] The film received a wide range of positive reviews after a screening at the Sundance Film Festival.[8] They collaborated on the movie Deceiver the following year.[9] "The Pate brothers" subsequently created the fantasy action television show Good vs Evil (1999).[10][11] He later moved on to direct two episodes of Fastlane (2002-2003).[12][13] From 2003 to 2004, Pate served as co-executive producer on L.A. Dragnet, for which he also wrote two episodes.[14][15]

In 2005, he co-created the science fiction series Surface, which aired until 2006.[10][16][17] The same year, he also co-directed the Chris Isaak music video "Please",[18] and an episode of Friday Night Lights.[19] He continued his film career by co-writing the screenplay for The Take (2007).[20][21] From 2007 to 2008, he held the position of consulting producer on the paranormal romance television drama Moonlight.[22][23][24][25]

Pate was an executive producer for the 2012 comedy fantasy film Mirror Mirror.[26][27] He also signed on to co-write—with his brother—the independent crime drama film Way Down South.[28][29]


Year Title Credited as
Screenwriter Director Producer
1996 The Grave Yes
1997 Deceiver Yes Yes
2007 The Take Yes
2012 Mirror Mirror Yes
2013 Way Down South Yes
Year Title Credited as Notes
Screenwriter Director Producer
1999-2000 Good vs Evil Yes Yes Yes co-creator
Episodes written and directed:
"Orange Volvo"
"Men Are from Mars, Women Are Evil"
1 episode as executive producer
2002-2003 Fastlane Yes Episodes directed:
"Things Done Changed"
2003-2004 L.A. Dragnet Yes Yes Episodes written:
"17 in 6"
"Frame of Mind" (story and teleplay)
10 episodes as co-executive producer
2005-2006 Surface Yes Yes Yes co-creator
15 episodes written
Episode directed: "Episode 1.1"
15 episodes as executive producer
2006 Friday Night Lights Yes Episode directed: "Full Hearts"
2007-2008 Moonlight Yes Yes Episodes written:
"The Ringer"
"Love Lasts Forever"
12 episodes as consulting producer
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
1997 Stockholm International Film Festival Best Screenplay Deceiver (shared with Jonas Pate) Won
1998 Festival du Film Policier de Cognac Special Jury Prize Deceiver (shared with Jonas Pate) Won


  1. ^ "Search results for Joshua W Pate in Raeford, NC". Retrieved November 29, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Josh Pate Biography". Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  3. ^ Smith, Steven (January 18, 1998). "Pate Twins Pair Up to Co-Pilot Several Projects". Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Josh Pate - Family and Companions". Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Jonas and Josh Pate". Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  6. ^ "The Grave: Cast & Details". Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Josh Pate Filmography". Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  8. ^ "1996 Sundance Film Festival". Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Deceiver (film)". Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b Richmond, Ray (July 15, 1999). "(Comedy / Thriller Series -- USA Network, Sun. July 18, 8 p.m.)". Retrieved November 30, 2011.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Variety" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  11. ^ "Good vs Evil Cast and Crew". Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Things Done Changed". Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Popdukes". Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  14. ^ "L.A. Dragnet". Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  15. ^ "L.A. Dragnet Producers". Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Surfacing with Josh Pate". Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Journal Now Interview With "Surface" Co-Creator". Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Chris Isaak - "Please"". Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Episode Cast and Crew". Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  20. ^ "The Take (2007)". Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Complete Cast of The Take". Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  22. ^ "The Ringer - Episode Cast and Crew". Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  23. ^ "Moonlight 1x11 - Love Lasts Forever". Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  24. ^ "Moonlight Producers". Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Josh Pate Credits". Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  26. ^ "Tarsem Singh's Next Big Hollywood Blockbuster Movie: Mirror Mirror Starring Oscar Winner Julia Roberts.". Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  27. ^ "Mirror Mirror - Producer". Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  28. ^ "Jonas Pate lines up crime drama cast". Retrieved November 3, 2011. 
  29. ^ "Alessandra Torresani on American Horror Story tonight, new interviews with James Marsters, Scott Porter & Christopher Heyerdahl". Retrieved November 3, 2011. 

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