Miguel Sapochnik

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Miguel Sapochnik
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Miguel Sapochnik at San Diego Comic-Con International in 2016.
Born Miguel Vicente Rosenberg-Sapochnik
July 1974 (age 44)[1]
Hammersmith, London, England
Other names Miguel Rosenberg
Years active 1996–present

Miguel Sapochnik is an English film and television director and former storyboard artist of Argentine origin. He is best known as the director of the feature film Repo Men, and as a director for the HBO epic fantasy series Game of Thrones, for which he won the award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards and Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Drama Series at the 69th Directors Guild of America Awards.[2]


He executive produced and directed the 2010 film Repo Men, starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker, his feature film directorial debut.[2]

Sapochnik has worked on American television series, directing episodes of Awake, Fringe, House, and more recently Mind Games.[3] Between 2001 and 2005, he was a director of Snowflake in Hell Films Limited.[1]

His other credits include a 2000 short film entitled The Dreamer, which he wrote and directed, and directing the "Beautiful Inside" music video for singer Louise.[4]

As a storyboard artist, some of his credits are Trainspotting (1996, directed by Danny Boyle) and The Winter Guest (1997, actor Alan Rickman's directorial debut).[5][6]

In 2015, Sapochnik directed two episodes of Game of Thrones for the show's fifth season, "The Gift" and "Hardhome." He returned to direct the final two episodes of Game of Thrones' sixth season, "Battle of the Bastards" and "The Winds of Winter".[7] All of these episodes received acclaim from both critics and viewers. Sapochnik won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, for directing "Battle of the Bastards".

In 2016, it was announced that Sapochnik would direct the series premiere of the show Altered Carbon for Netflix.[8] He will also direct an episode of Iron Fist.[9]

In September 2017, it was announced that Sapochnik would return to direct at least two episodes, or possibly three, of the eighth season of Game of Thrones, alongside David Nutter, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss for the remainder of the episodes.[10]


Film credits[edit]

Year Title Notes
2010 Repo Men
2020 BIOS [11]

Television credits[edit]

Year Show Season Episode title Episode Notes
2011 House 7 "Larger Than Life" 9
"Family Practice" 11
"After Hours" 22
Fringe 4 "Alone in the World" 3
House 8 "Dead & Buried" 7
2012 "Gut Check" 16
"Holding On" 21
Awake 1 "Turtles All the Way Down" 13
Falling Skies 2 "Young Bloods" 4
Fringe 5 "Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11" 1 co-directed with Jeannot Szwarc
2013 Under the Dome 1 "Imperfect Circles" 7
Revolution 1 "Ghosts" 12
Banshee 1 "Always the Cowboy" 9
"A Mixture of Madness" 10
2014 Mind Games 1 "Pilot" 1
Extant 1 "Ascension" 13
2015 Game of Thrones 5 "The Gift" 7
"Hardhome" 8
Masters of Sex 3 "The Excitement of Release" 3
True Detective 2 "Church in Ruins" 6
2016 Game of Thrones 6 "Battle of the Bastards" 9 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Drama Series
Nominated—Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
"The Winds of Winter" 10
2017 Iron Fist 1 "Eight Diagram Dragon Palm" 4
2018 Altered Carbon 1 "Out of the Past" 1
2019 Game of Thrones 8 3


  1. ^ a b "Snowflake in Hell Films Limited". CompaniesLondon.com. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Rich, Katey (19 March 2010). "Exclusive Interview: Repo Men Director Miguel Sapochnik". Cinema Blend. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Miguel Sapochnik Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Dawtrey, Adam (15 January 2006). "Sapochnik finally in view". Variety. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Miguel Sapochnik Filmography". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Exclusive: Repo Men director Miguel Sapochnik". Shock Till You Drop. 11 March 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Watchers on the Wall [@LovinGoT99] (August 1, 2014). "Game of Thrones Season 5: What We Know So Far" (Tweet). Retrieved 6 February 2015 – via Twitter. 
  8. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (May 12, 2016). "Joel Kinnaman to Star in Netflix Sci-Fi Series 'Altered Carbon'". Variety. Retrieved September 20, 2016. 
  9. ^ Robinson, Joanna (June 29, 2016). "The Best Director on Game of Thrones Won't Be Coming Back Next Year". Vanity Fair. Retrieved September 20, 2016. 
  10. ^ Hibberd, James (September 26, 2017). "Game of Thrones season 8 directors revealed: Fan favorites return". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 26, 2017. 
  11. ^ Brent Lang; Justin Kroll (26 October 2017). "Tom Hanks to Star in Sci-Fi Film 'Bios' From 'Game of Thrones' Director (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 23 November 2017. 

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