Human Hubris and Imagining the Future

Lisa Joy

Lisa Joy is the co-creator, co-showrunner, and executive producer of HBO's Westworld. Highly regarded for her genre writing, Joy directs and produces the show through her multi-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television. Additionally, Joy serves as President of Production at Kilter Films, the production company she and Jonathan Nolan set up, which produces Westworld under its banner. 

Along with Westworld, Joy has several highly-anticipated film projects in the works, including the film adaptation of Battlestar Galactica for Universal and the feature script, Reminiscence, which placed on the 2013 Black List. 

Prior to her career in entertainment, Joy graduated from Stanford undergrad and Harvard Law School. She then went on to work as a management consultant in the tech sector and to practice law in California. Joy’s writing career began on the Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated ABC show, Pushing Daisies, which earned her a Writers Guild Nomination. She later joined the staff of USA Network’s Emmy Award-nominated show, Burn Notice, as a co-producer. 

Joy grew up in New Jersey. She is biracial and a first generation Asian American. Joy currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two children. 

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