We are proud to announce that Emmy-nominated writer, director and producer Lisa Joy is the Jury President for this year’s Series Mania Festival.
“I am thrilled to serve as Jury president of the 2023 Series Mania. The festival is an inspiring celebration of the great, diverse, and international stories being told in television. It’s also a community of some of the most exciting storytellers and new voices working today. I’m honored to be a part of it”
The Emmy-nominated writer, director and producer will be in Lille from March 17th to 24th to present and award the winners of this year’s international competition. On this occasion, find out more about her career and impact on the American series’ landscape.
who is lisa joy ?
Lisa Joy is an Emmy Award®-nominated writer, director and producer highly regarded for her genre work across television and film.
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 recently launched The Peripheral, the series adaptation of William Gibson’s 2014 sci-fi thriller novel, starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Gary Carr. Additionally, Kilter Films partnered with Bethesda Game Studios and is currently in production on Fallout, a television series based on the worldwide best-selling video game franchise, starring Ella Purnell, Aaron Moten, and Walton Goggins.
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. She also worked on the USA Network crime drama series Burn Notice (2009–2011).
a record breaker TV show
Joy is the co-creator, co-showrunner, executive producer and episodic director of HBO’s Westworld, which aired its fourth season last year. 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.
from tv to the big screen
In film, she made 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.
a prestigious background
Prior to her career in entertainment, Joy graduated from Stanford Undergraduate and Harvard Law School. She then went on to work as a management consultant in the tech sector and practiced 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.