Gregory Charles Yaitanes
June 18, 1970
Wellesley, Massachusetts, United States
|Occupation||Television director, film director|
|Awards||2008 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.
Yaitanes grew up in Wellesley, Massachusetts, 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.
Yaitanes has directed and produced shows including Damages, Lost, Prison Break, Heroes, Banshee, and Grey's Anatomy. His Emmy Award came in 2008 as result of his work on House, M.D.. He also directed the 2003 miniseries Frank Herbert's Children of Dune.
Yaitanes is one of Twitter's original investors and a frequent guest speaker at the company.
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.
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. Yaitanes splits his time between New York and Los Angeles and has two boys.