Joy at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
New Jersey, U.S.
|Alma mater||Stanford University|
Harvard Law School
|Relatives||Christopher Nolan (brother-in-law)|
Lisa Joy is an American screenwriter, director and producer. She is best known as the co-creator, writer, director, and executive producer of the HBO science-fiction drama series Westworld (2016–present). For her work on the series, she received multiple Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Joy's other work includes the ABC comedy series Pushing Daisies (2007–2009) and the USA Network crime drama series Burn Notice (2009–2011).
Lisa Joy was raised in New Jersey. Her parents are both immigrants, her father is English and her mother is Taiwanese.
Joy graduated from Stanford University and worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company in Los Angeles before attending Harvard Law School. Joy was admitted to the bar in 2009 and practiced law in California prior to her career in entertainment.
While studying for the bar, Joy submitted a sample script for the ABC fantasy comedy-drama series Pushing Daisies. A friend passed the script along to a television producer, helping her get the job as a staff writer in 2007. She went on to become the only female writer on the USA Network crime drama series Burn Notice. She later served as a co-producer on the series.
In 2016, Joy co-created the HBO science fiction series Westworld and serves as its co-showrunner for up to six seasons. The series focuses on "a futuristic theme park gone wrong where robots start rebelling against humans". The series went on to become one of the most popular series on television. For her work on the series, Joy earned nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, among others.
Joy, along with her husband Jonathan Nolan, signed a new deal with Amazon to write and produce a series for the company. The deal is worth $150 million over five years. As a part of the deal, Joy and Nolan were announced as executive producers on a science fiction series The Peripheral, and an adaptation of the post-apocalyptic video game series Fallout.
|2007–2009||Pushing Daisies||No||Yes||No||3 episodes|
|2009–2011||Burn Notice||No||Yes||Yes||19 episodes|
Awards and nominations
|2008||Writers Guild of America Awards||Best New Series||Pushing Daisies||Nominated|
|2016||Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards||Best Television Presentation||Westworld||Nominated|
|2017||Writers Guild of America Awards||Best New Series||Nominated|
|Best Dramatic Series||Nominated|
|Producers Guild of America Awards||Best Episodic Drama||Nominated|
|Gold Derby Awards||Drama Episode of the Year||Nominated|
|Dragon Awards||Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series||Nominated|
|Edgar Allan Poe Awards||Best Episode in a TV Series||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Drama Series||Nominated|
|Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series||Nominated|
|2018||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Drama Series||Nominated|
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- Fortini, Amanda (April 17, 2018). "With 'Westworld', Lisa Joy Is Rewriting Women's Power Story Line in Hollywood and Beyond". Elle.
Joy, who is 40, was raised in a hardworking immigrant family (her dad is from England; her mom is from Taiwan) in suburban New Jersey.
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- Otterson, Joe (April 5, 2019). "Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy Exit Warner Bros. TV for Massive Overall Deal at Amazon". Variety. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
- "Kilter Films Teams with Amazon Studios to Develop Series Based on Fallout". Bethesda.net. July 2, 2020. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
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- "Is 'Westworld' HBO's Next Big Hit?". New York Times. September 29, 2016.
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