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David Winning

David Winning

David Winning is a Canadian-born film and television director. He is mainly known for his work on Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, MGM's Stargate: Atlantis, ABC's Dinotopia and the HBO thriller Exception to the Rule, starring Kim Cattrall and Eric McCormack. Winning became a dual Citizen of the US and Canada in 2003. He was making films at the age of ten with a Super 8 camera in hometown Calgary, Canada. At age 18, he got a Canada Council grant in 1979 to make his first sixteen millimeter drama Sequence, and expanded the plotline into his first feature film Storm, produced in the summer of 1983 and filmed in the forests and hills of Bragg Creek, Alberta. The debut feature took four years to complete and was released by Golan-Globus' Cannon Films International and Warner Home Video in 1988.

At 27, he landed directing gigs on the Canadian-produced series Friday the 13th: The Series for CBS Paramount Television; for this television debut he received three Gemini Award nominations. His second feature followed in 1992 with Killer Image, a photographic mystery-thriller starring Michael Ironside and M. Emmet Walsh.

Throughout the 1990's he directed more movies and episodes of over a dozen series from kid's shows to science-fiction. M. Night Shyamalan has cited Winning's episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark?, The Tale of the Dream Girl, as the inspiration for The Sixth Sense. His episodic work has received international awards including fourteen first place golds overall at the 1992-2006 Houston Film Festival/WorldFest, the 1995 Gold Hugo Award and two Silver Hugos from the Chicago International Film Festival, and Four national Gemini Award nominations for Best Director/Dramatic Series. In 2002 he received a National award from the Directors Guild of Canada for outstanding achievement in television drama. He was nominated again for this award in 2006.

Sixteen years of episodic production led more recently to the Showtime/Disney western anthology Dead Man's Gun, the USA Network series Matrix with Carrie-Anne Moss (unrelated to the film of the same name), and the television pilot and first six episodes of the UPN/Fox series Breaker High with Ryan Gosling.

In the summer of 1996 he re-teamed with Michael Ironside and Frederic Forrest for the Universal Studios video military thriller One of Our Own. His last theatrical release, Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie for 20th Century Fox, was the fourth highest selling video in the U.S. in August 1997 (Billboard magazine).

Winning spent the fall of 1997 shooting in Scotland with Jason Connery on the Merlin project. Next he directed the Patrick Duffy/Pam Dawber thriller Don't look behind You which premiered to two million viewers on the Fox Family Channel. Most recently he has divided his time between features and episodic work on Twice in a Lifetime, Earth: Final Conflict, Stargate: Atlantis, Andromeda and ABC's Dinotopia; location shooting for three months in Budapest, Hungary. His recent Stargate: Atlantis Season One episode for MGM, Childhood's End won 3 international awards for Direction in 2005; New York, Houston and Chicago. He just finished Past Sins for Lifetime Television with Lauralee Bell and the television pilot and multiple episodes of Dinosapien for BBC and Discovery Channel.

Past Sins for Lifetime premiered on July 2nd. Currently Winning is directing a Kevin Sorbo monster movie for the Sci Fi Channel (United States) and Hallmark Entertainment (RHI Films New York) and episodes of the new Vampire series Blood Ties.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.

David Winning Facts

BirthdayMay 8, 1961 (61)
BirthplaceCalgary, Alberta, Canada
Height6' 4" (1m93)  How tall is David Winning compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Naturally, Sadie (2006) tv
Past Sins (2006)
Stargate: Atlantis (2004) tv
Dinotopia (2002) tv
Andromeda (2000) tv
Dead Man's Gun (2000) tv
Earth: Final Conflict (2000) tv
Twice In A Lifetime (2000) tv
Don't Look Behind You (1999)
Merlin: The Quest Begins (1998)
Exception to The Rule (1997)
Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997)
Killer Image (1992)
Friday the 13th: the series (1989) tv
Storm (1987) user recommendation (breakthrough)
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