Apparently, Game of Thrones fans have a sweaty TV writer on an exercise bike to thank for the show being greenlit in the first place.
HBO president Michael Lombardo has revealed the reason why they decided to go ahead with commissioning Game of Thrones and it involves an impromptu meeting in a gym.
“We had this pilot script and we were budgeting it and scratching our head whether we should go ahead and greenlight this,” Lombardo recalls. “And we were trying to figure out the production challenges. We knew it had to be able to stand next to projects in this genre being done on the big screen yet with a more limited budget.”
One day, Lombardo escaped to a Santa Monica gym where he ran into TV writer Dan Weiss. Continue reading »