Linda Carlson, Exec Behind Visionary Title Sequences, Dies
She was the co-founder of Rock Paper Scissors, a52, Jax, and Elastic, the firm behind HBO's 'Game of Thrones' title sequence and many others.
Linda Carlson, the executive who co-founded Rock Paper Scissors, a52, Jax, and Elastic, died Saturday of natural causes, according to ICM Partners. No age was given at the time of her death.
Carlson and her husband, producer Angus Wall, started the editorial firm Rock Paper Scissors in 1992, which produced commercial work for clients including HP and Nike; the visual-effects firm a52 in 1997; and the design company Elastic in 2008.
In 2015, Carlson, Wall and Scott Goldman founded Jax, a firm for editors and creatives in film and television marketing that has produced promos for HBO's Westworld and Warner Bros.' Justice League, among other titles.
Carlson's and Wall's company Elastic memorably created the opening title sequence for HBO's Game of Thrones and Carnivale, and was also tapped to create sequences for Netflix's 13th, Five Came Back and this year's Oscar-nominated documentary Icarus.
In a 2017 Vanity Fair story on Elastic, writer Nick Romano called the firm's résumé "prestigious and lengthy" and its opening credits characteristically "gorgeous [and] lengthy."
Last year Carlson and Wall signed a scripted and unscripted television deal with Paramount and Anonymous Content, which will produce Paramount TV's adaptation of the Margaret Atwood trilogy MaddAddam.
Carlson came from a creative background: Born on Long Island, N.Y., she moved to California at a young age, where her mother became a writer on television shows including The Flying Nun and Don't Eat the Daisies and an advertising copywriter.
Carlson is survived by her husband and three sons, Christian, Jake and Quinn. A memorial fund has been created in Carlson's name to support Planned Parenthood Los Angeles' sex-education efforts, a cause she was passionate about (donate here).
Feb. 2, 12:11 p.m.: Updated to reflect Carlson's role at her companies.