Emmy Award-winning director Greg Yaitanes has directed and produced over 200 hours of television, including some of the top series over the past two decades.
Greg has also earned a reputation for his foresight in technology by investing in startups such as Square, Pinterest, Twitter and Snapchat.Yaitanes currently serves as showrunner, executive producer and directed the entire first season of the upcoming Cinemax series Quarry. The show follows Mac Conway, a Marine who returns home to Memphis from Vietnam in 1972 and finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public. Mac struggles to cope with his experiences at war, is drawn into a network of killing and corruption that spans the length of the Mississippi River. Yaitanes also has several projects in the works that he will both direct and executive produce, including Spike’s scripted drama Red Mars, the crime drama Micronesian Blues for Cinemax, and the true-life crime drama Manifesto at Discovery, which will focus on the real life FBI's efforts to bring down "The Unabomber."
In addition to his recent projects, Yaitanes’ extensive résumé includes such series as Lost, Damages, Grey’s Anatomy, Ray Donovan, Heroes, Banshee and House, M.D. It was his work on House, M.D. that earned him an Emmy Award in 2008 for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. House became the most popular show world-wide with over 100 million people viewing it each week. Between House and Banshee, Greg has led his team to 29 Emmy nominations and 6 wins, including the first Emmy nomination for content aired exclusively online for the Fox series, Drive.
Along with his work behind the camera, Yaitanes’ professional tenacity has extended his reach into bridging Silicon Valley and Hollywood. With investments in start-up companies such as Square and Twitter, Yaitanes has made himself a well-respected name synonymous with technological foresight. As one of the company’s original investors, Yaitanes is a frequent guest speaker at Twitter as well having created “live tweeting” for television.
Yaitanes grew up in Wellesley, Massachusetts. At the age of 18, Yaitanes moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California’s prestigious School of Cinematic Arts, and by 23, he landed his first directorial job. Yaitanes was so persistent that he once waited 7 hours for a 10-minute meeting with legendary film producer Joel Silver. After screening Yaitanes’ work, Silver signed him for a second feature. Since then, Yaitanes’ artistic talent and dedication have continued to lead him in a successful television career in the director’s chair.
Active in the Greek community, Yaitanes helped produce Greek America Foundation’s Gabby Awards and directed the opening of the Gabby Awards on Ellis Island.
Greg is married to Kosås Cosmetics founder, Sheena Yaitanes. They have a daughter Elle and the trio, along with Greg's sons Van and Leo, split time between New York and Los Angeles.