Monday, July 22, 2024

Game of Producers: “House of the Dragon” Showrunner Exiting Before Season 2 Begins


Producing television is a lot like “Game of Thrones.” There are several duels and wars, and finally someone is defeated.

In the case of Miguel Sapochnik, it sounds like he’s just attended the Red Wedding again. He’s leaving “The House of the Dragon” before he gets singed. Showrunner for season 1 and developer of the series for three years, Sapochnik won’t be dragon his heart around anymore.

Sapochnik, an Argentinian Jew (so cool), won an Emmy for one of the many episodes of “Thrones” he directed. But now he says, thank to an official statement, that he wants to do “other things.” He’ll be replaced by Alan Taylor, who will work with Sapochnik’s former producing partner, Ryan Condal.

What really happened? Who knows? You have to have a steel lined stomach for that business.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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