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Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
Greg Braxton

'House of the Dragon' co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik steps down

"House of the Dragon" executive producer Miguel Sapochnik is stepping down from his duties as co-showrunner of the "Game of Thrones" prequel, HBO announced Wednesday.

Sapochnik has signed a first-look deal with HBO to develop new projects, the network said. He will remain as an executive producer of the drama, which premiered close to three weeks ago to record-setting ratings. Ryan Condal, who had shared showrunner duties with Sapochnik, will now be the sole showrunner, working closely with series co-creator and author George R.R. Martin and the rest of the producing team. Joining the executive producer ranks is Alan Taylor, who is directing multiple episodes.

"Working within the GOT universe for the past few years has been an honor and a privilege, especially spending the last two with the amazing cast and crew of 'House of the Dragon,'" Sapochnick said in a statement. "I am proud of what we accomplished with Season One and overjoyed by the enthusiastic reaction of our viewers."

He continued: "It was incredibly tough to decide to move on, but I know that it is the right choice for me, personally and professionally. As I do so, though, I am deeply comforted to know that Alan will be joining the series. He's someone I've known and respected for a long time, and I believe this precious series could not be in safer hands."

HBO said in a statement: "Miguel Sapochnik has done amazing work on the first season of 'House of the Dragon,' establishing its signature look and feel. This series simply could not have come together the way it did without him. While we would have loved to have Miguel continue in the same role, we are thrilled to have his ongoing collaboration in this new creative capacity. Looking forward, we've had a decades-long relationship with Alan Taylor, and we are delighted to have him join Ryan and rest of the talented team."


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