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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 8 May 1961Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Height 6' 4" (1.93 m)

Mini Bio (1)

David Winning was born in Calgary, Canada in 1961 and he is a US/Canada Dual Citizen. At twenty-two, he directed his debut feature Storm (1987) with just $50,000. It was released theatrically by Cannon International in April 1988 and distributed by Warner Home Entertainment in 1989; selling 20,000 copies. His second feature Killer Image (1992) starring Michael Ironside and veteran character actor M. Emmet Walsh released through Paramount Home Entertainment and received its US Premiere as a Finalist at the 1992 Houston International Film Festival.

Writing and producing two early independent features led to an award-winning three decades as guest Director for Paramount Pictures Television, MGM, Cannell Films, Nickelodeon, Disney, ABC Television, Tribune, Fox, BBC Kids and UP TV. His episodic work has garnered international awards including over Thirty since 1994 at the Houston International Film Festival, the 1995 Gold Hugo and Two Silver Hugo's from the Chicago International Film Festival, and four national Gemini Television nominations for Best Director/Dramatic Series. In 2002 he received a National Award from the Director's Guild for Outstanding Achievement in Drama; nominated again in 2006. His third feature, the Lance Henriksen thriller Profile for Murder (1996) debuted on HBO, followed by the release of the Kim Cattrall/Eric McCormack thriller Exception to the Rule (1997) for Artisan and Lion's Gate Films which won Best Thriller at WorldFest Houston.

He was directing network television at the age of twenty-seven for Paramount's series Friday's Curse (1987). Thirty years of episodic production has included the Showtime/Disney western anthology Dead Man's Gun (1997), the USA Network Series Matrix (1993) with Carrie-Anne Moss, and the pilot and first six episodes of the UPN/FOX series Breaker High (1997) with Ryan Gosling. In the summer of 1996 he re-teamed with Michael Ironside and Frederic Forrest for the Universal military thriller One of Our Own (1997). His theatrical release, Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997) for 20th Century Fox, was the 4th Highest selling film in the U.S. in August 1997 (Billboard). Winning spent that fall shooting in Scotland with Jason Connery on the Merlin (1998) project. Next he directed the Patrick Duffy/Pam Dawber thriller Don't Look Behind You (1999) watched by 2 million viewers on the Fox Family Channel. In recent years dividing time between features and episodic work on ABC's Dinotopia (2002), filming for three months in Budapest, Pax's Angel series Twice in a Lifetime (1999) , Jack London's Call of the Wild (2000), and Gene Roddenberry's twin sci-fi series Earth: Final Conflict (1997) and Andromeda (2000) starring Kevin Sorbo. His Stargate: Atlantis (2004) Season One episode "Childhood's End" won 3 Best Director awards in 2005; New York, Houston and Chicago. Winning directed Kevin Sorbo, Robert Englund, and Bruce Dern in a trilogy of monster movies for the SYFY Channel and Hallmark Entertainment (RHI New York) as well as episodes of the Lifetime TV vampire series Blood Ties (2006). In 2011 he supervised and directed the far north adventure series Yukonic! (2011) and helmed episodes of the new series Todd and the Book of Pure Evil (2010) for the Space Channel and Lost Girl (2010) and XIII: The Series (2011) for The SYFY Channel and Showcase. More recently, the multi-cam live audience series Mr. Young for the Disney Channel and the heart-warming romantic comedy The Town That Came A-Courtin' for UP TV starring Lauren Holly and Valerie Harper. And in 2014 he directed The Christmas Tree Farm with Lacey Chabert and Corey Sevier, as well as the inspirational Paper Angels also for UP -- and the post-apocalyptic action thriller Mutant World (2014) for Sony and The SYFY Channel with Kim Coates, Ashanti, Holly Deveaux and Amber Marshall.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Diana Parsons

Trivia (5)

Began making films in 1971, at age ten. Favorite directors are Stanley Kubrick and John Carpenter.
Storm (1987). Director, Winning, appears in two cameos in the film; as Young Jim in 1946 flashbacks and also as the Man in the Wilderness in Lowell's opening nightmare sequence.
Became a US Citizen on 17 September 2003. Holds Dual passports; Canada also.
According to M. Night Shyamalan, the movie The Sixth Sense (1999) was inspired by an episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1990) called Are You Afraid of the Dark?: The Tale of the Dream Girl (1994) directed by David Winning in which leading characters are ignored by somebody and don't realize that they are dead until the final moment. In The Tale of the Dream Girl, a brother discovers that only his sister can see him and she ultimately shows him his own obituary.
He was the very first recipient of the DGC Team Award for Best Dramatic Series Director presented in 2002 and was subsequently nominated again in 2006.

Personal Quotes (3)

"The creative side of me believes filmmaking is an art form, but I always tell people the process is a little like painting a picture when seven people are holding the brush. The director is the ringleader: the job is to get creative forces working together to get the best result. I like to create an environment that's fun for people to work in. It's such a delicate balance, especially when you're trying to coax the best performances out of actors, especially when the material is tough. You have to create a little cocoon for them to work in." (Vancouver Sun, December 1999)
My big complaint about Storm is that it was a little too personal, I'm going to be stricter with myself this time.
"When someone that close to you is gone, you realize how much of your life was spent trying to impress that person. I always thought of my dad as my chief adviser. He knew I had an interest in film and pushed me to keep doing it. I miss him a lot. For four years, I was writing a film about dealing with a death, and now I'm dealing with a death. It seems like it should have happened the other way round." (January 1991)

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