Jonathan Nolan

Kilter FilmsScreenwriter, Director, Television Producer, Co-Creator of Westworld

Jonathan Nolan is a celebrated 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” and a Golden Globe nomination for “Best Screenplay – Motion Picture” 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, through Kilter Films. This show starred Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson and ran for five seasons.

Currently, Nolan serves as co-creator and co-showrunner alongside Joy on HBO’s Westworld. The drama premiered in 2016 to rave reviews and has returned for another season earlier this year. In additional to critical praise, Westworld also earned the distinction of becoming the most-watched first season of an HBO original series ever. Along with showrunner duties on the series, Nolan also served as director for the show’s pilot and season one finale, which earned Nolan Directors Guild Award and Emmy Award nominations for Best Direction in 2017. Additionally, the show’s freshman season has garnered nominations from various critic and guild groups across multiple categories including nods from the Writers Guild, Producers Guild, Directors Guild, Golden Globes, and an impressive 22 Emmy nominations.

Nolan was born in London, and grew up in the Chicago area. He currently resides in Los Angeles with Joy and their children.

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