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Emmy-winning director ALAN TAYLOR (Director) came to his career in film and television by a roundabout route. Raised in Canada, Taylor moved to New York City to study European history at Columbia University. Two years into the PhD program he changed course and entered the film program at NYU. His graduate thesis film, "That Burning Question," earned many awards and launched his career.

Several episodes of "Homicide: Life on the Street" were followed by his first feature, the award winning "Palookaville," starring Francis McDormand, Vincent Gallo, William Forsythe and Adam Trese. That New Jersey-set heist comedy was seen by David Chase, who invited Taylor to join the creative team of HBO's "The Sopranos." Taylor went on to direct multiple episodes of that hit series, winning an Emmy for "Heidi and Kennedy." Two more indie features followed: "The Emperor's New Clothes," an award-winning adaptation of Simon Ley's fanciful novel, a retelling of Napoleon's final days, starring Ian Holm and Iben Hjejle; and "Kill the Poor," based on Joel Rose's comic but incendiary novel, set in New York's lower east side during the 1980s.

Taylor continued to work in television, earning acclaim on some of the most highly respected shows on cable and network -- "West Wing," "Deadwood," "Rome," "Sex & the City," "Carnivale," "Six Feet Under," "Bored to Death," "Boardwalk Empire" and "Lost." He received two further Emmy nominations, and won the Director's Guild award for the pilot of AMC's "Mad Men." In 2011, Taylor directed the final two episodes of "Game of Thrones" freshman season. He then joined "GOT" as executive producer for season two, directing four more episodes, and garnering his third Emmy nomination.

Taylor lives in Brooklyn and in rural Pennsylvania with his wife Nicki Ledermann and three children, Ginger, Willa and Jem.


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