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Greg Yaitanes
Gregory Charles Yaitanes

(1970-06-18) June 18, 1970 (age 53)
Occupation(s)Television director, film director
Awards2008 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing – Drama Series

Gregory Charles Yaitanes (born June 18, 1970) is an American television and film director. He is also an angel investor in Twitter.[1]

Early life

Yaitanes grew up in Wellesley, Massachusetts,[2] where he directed his first film, Salad Bar: The Movie. At the age of 18, Yaitanes moved to Los Angeles and attended the University of Southern California Film School. By 23, he landed his first directorial job.[citation needed]


Yaitanes has directed and produced shows including Damages, Lost, Prison Break, Heroes, Banshee, Grey's Anatomy, and House of the Dragon. His Emmy Award came in 2008 as result of his work on House, M.D..[3] He also directed the 2003 miniseries Frank Herbert's Children of Dune.[4]

Yaitanes is one of Twitter's original investors[2] and a frequent guest speaker at the company.[1]

Active in the Greek community, Yaitanes helped produce Greek America Foundation's Gabby Awards and directed the opening of the 2011 Gabby Awards on Ellis Island.[citation needed]

Personal life

Yaitanes was married to Kosas founder Sheena Zadeh, who competed on Season 1 of the American version of MasterChef in 2010 and finished in 13th place, from 2012 until 2019. They have one daughter, Electra.[5] Yaitanes splits his time between New York and Los Angeles and has two boys.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "'House' Director and Twitter Angel Investor Greg Yaitanes To Disrupt SF". August 16, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Perlroth, Nicole; Stevenson, Alexandra (October 3, 2013). "Many Win in Offering, but Some Are Off List". The New York Times. Retrieved September 11, 2020.
  3. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (May 24, 2016). "Greg Yaitanes Tapped as Showrunner of Discovery's Unabomber Drama 'Manifesto' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 11, 2020.
  4. ^ Wertheimer, Ron (March 15, 2003). "TELEVISION REVIEW; A Stormy Family on a Sandy Planet". The New York Times. Retrieved September 11, 2020.
  5. ^ Molvar, Kari (July 11, 2016). "Brand to Know: A Lipstick Line for Minimalists". The New York Times. Retrieved September 11, 2020.