Showrunner Sessions with Westworld's Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan

Showrunner Sessions with Westworld's Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan

About This Event

Coming off the heels of an explosive second season, the critically acclaimed HBO series Westworld has become a massive hit, scoring the cable network its most-watched freshman series to date and receiving 21 Emmy nominations this year. 

On this special evening, we're bringing in creators and showrunners Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan to get an inside look at how the duo crafts an expansive and intricate world, how they carefully navigate their time-bending narratives, and where they hope to take their audiences next.

Moderated by John August (Aladdin, The Nines, Big Fish)

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Location / Venue

  • Address:
  • 7000 West 3rd Street
  • Los Angeles, CA 90048
  • USA
  • Time:
  • Sep 19, 2018 07:30 pm to
  • Sep 19, 2018 09:00 pm
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About the Panelists


Lisa Joy is the co-creator, co-showrunner, and executive producer of HBO's Westworld. Highly regarded for her genre writing, Joy directs and produces the show through her multi-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television. Additionally, Joy serves as President of Production at Kilter Films, the production company she and Jonathan Nolan set up, which produces Westworld under its banner.

Westworld was the most-watched first season of an HBO original series ever. The show's second season premiered in April 2018 and received 21 Emmy nominations, the show was picked up for a 3rd season in May 2018. In April 2018, Amazon acquired sci-fi drama project The Peripheral, based on William Gibson’s book, from Nolan and Joy.

Along with Westworld, Joy has several highly-anticipated film projects in the works, including the film adaptation of Battlestar Galactica for Universal and the feature script Reminiscence, which placed on the 2013 Black List. 
 
Prior to her career in entertainment, Joy graduated from Stanford undergrad and Harvard Law School. She then went on to work as a management consultant in the tech sector and practice law in California. Joy’s writing career began on the Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated ABC show Pushing Daisies, which earned her a Writers Guild Nomination. She later joined the staff of USA Network’s Emmy Award-nominated show Burn Notice as a co-producer.
 
Joy grew up in New Jersey. She is biracial and a first generation Asian American. Joy currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.






Jonathan Nolan is a prolific screenwriter, director, and television producer who heads up his production company Kilter Films with his wife Lisa Joy. Nolan earned an Academy Award nomination for “Best Original Screenplay” for the acclaimed noir drama MEMENTO, which was based on his short story “Memento Mori” and also marked his first feature film writing credit. The nomination was shared with his brother,Christopher Nolan, who also directed the feature.

The brothers subsequently teamed up on the screenplay for THE PRESTIGE, starring Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, and Scarlett Johansson. Together, they also wrote the screenplay for the blockbuster THE DARK KNIGHT, for which they received a Writers Guild of America Award nomination, as well as THE DARK KNIGHT RISES,which became the most financially successful Batman movie of all time. Their fifth collaboration was on the film INTERSTELLAR.

In television, Nolan created the CBS hit drama Person of Interest under Kilter Films. This show starred Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson and ran for five seasons.

Nolan and Joy co-created HBO’s Westworld, which aired its first season in 2016 to rave reviews. Nolan also directed the pilot and finale of season one, for which he earned a DGA nomination in 2017. Westworld is the most-watched first season of an HBO original series ever. The show's second season premiered in April 2018 and received 21 Emmy nominations, it was picked up for a 3rd season in May 2018. In April 2018, Amazon acquired sci-fi drama project The Peripheral, based on William Gibson’s book, from Nolan and Joy.

Nolan was born in London, and grew up in the Chicago area. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his family.



About the Moderator

John August’s screenwriting credits include Go, Big Fish, Frankenweenie, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and both Charlie’s Angels movies. His feature directing debut, The Nines, premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. He also wrote the book for the Broadway musical version of Big Fish. His company, Quote-Unquote Apps, makes several apps of interest to screenwriters, including Highland 2 and Weekend Read. John co-hosts the weekly Scriptnotes podcast, and maintains two websites aimed at budding screenwriters, johnaugust.com and screenwriting.io.