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Lisa Joy

director/writer Reminiscence; co-creator Westworld
Lisa Joy is an Emmy Award® -nominated writer, director and producer highly regarded for her genre work across television and film.

Joy recently completed her feature directorial debut, Reminiscence, starring Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Ferguson, for Warner Bros. Pictures.  Joy wrote the script, which landed on The Black List, and produced the film with Kilter Films’ Jonathan Nolan and Athena Wickham, Michael De Luca, and Aaron Ryder. The film follows a private investigator of the mind, who navigates the darkly alluring world of the past by helping his clients access lost memories. Reminiscence will hit theaters and HBO Max on August 20, 2021.

Joy is the co-creator, co-showrunner, executive producer and episodic director of HBO's Westworld. Westworld was the most-watched first season of an HBO original series ever and has amassed 54 Emmy nominations for its first three seasons, along with SAG, DGA, WGA and PGA nominations. HBO has just announced plans for an upcoming fourth season.

Her writing career began in 2007 on the Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated ABC show Pushing Daisies, which earned her a Writers Guild Nomination.

In 2011 Joy co-founded the production company Kilter Films with Jonathan Nolan. Following the company's phenomenal success with Westworld, Kilter Films signed an overall deal with Amazon Studios in June of 2019. Through this deal, the company is currently in pre-production on The Peripheral, the series adaptation of William Gibson’s 2014 sci-fi thriller novel, starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Gary Carr. Kilter is also set to develop horror anthology Unknown for Amazon, which is described as a psychological horror anthology series that plunges into the corners of the American landscape, probing the intersection of folklore and our bloody history of true crime. The first season of the show is centered around an estranged brother and sister who return to the Texas Killing Fields, only to encounter a dark spirit that inhabits the region from their childhood.

Additionally, Amazon Studios has licensed the rights to the worldwide best-selling game franchise Fallout for Kilter to develop a TV adaptation, which has received a series commitment. Outside of their overall deal they will executive produce the HBO series adaptation of Jo Nesbo’s novel, The Son which will star Jake Gyllenhaal, be directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Lenore Zion.

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 is biracial and a first-generation Asian American, born and raised in New Jersey. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.

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