'Game of Thrones' Creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to Be Honored by Visual Effects Society

The pair will receive the VES Award for Creative Excellence.
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D.B. Weiss (left) and David Benioff

Multihyphenates David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, creators and executive producers of HBO's Emmy-winning drama Game of Thrones, will receive the Visual Effects Society Award for Creative Excellence at the 17th annual VES Awards on Feb. 5 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

“David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are groundbreaking storytellers who have redefined the relationship between the viewer and the story,” VES board chair Mike Chambers said Thursday in a statement. “You can easily see this from the epic following of Game of Thrones, a pop culture phenomenon, which is a testament to their expert blending of visual effects, evocative characters and a remarkable imagination. As individuals, David and D.B. are exemplary creative talents; and together they have forged a partnership that exemplifies the VES Award for Creative Excellence.”

Benioff adapted his first novel, The 25th Hour, into a feature film directed by Spike Lee. His second novel, City of Thieves, was on the New York Times best-seller list for 13 weeks and has been translated into 35 languages. Benioff's screenplays include The Kite Runner, Brothers, Troy and Stay.

Weiss is the author of Lucky Wander Boy and has worked on numerous film projects, including Halo, Ender's Game and The Game.