'Lost' Snares a New Executive Producer
'Lost' Snares a New Executive Producer
Frequent Lost director, and fan favorite, Stephen Williams has signed on for the duration of the show, and received a new title as well.  The director of twelve of Lost's most pivotal episodes, the auteur has risen to the role of Co-Executive Producer on the show.  The new deal means Williams will be continuing to cast his directorial magic on the show right through to Lost's final season, which will air in 2010.

Williams joined Lost during its freshman season as a director, helming the episodes “All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues,” and “Do No Harm.”  He rejoined the production in Lost's second season as a producer, and directed another seven episodes that season including fan favorites “One of Them,” which introduced the character of Henry Gale (Michael Emerson), and “Lockdown,” which unveiled Lost's greatest Easter Egg ever the blast door map.

It was Williams that fans can thank for ridding the series of the embattled duo of Nikki (Kiele Sanchez) and Paulo (Rodrigo Santoro) in the episode “Expose',” where they were symbolically buried alive.   Allegory sensitive fans decoded the episode as an expression of creative angst in the face of bowing to the fans will.  Williams even appeared, by name, in the episode as the director of the fictional television series “Expose'.”

Collectively, Williams has directed sixteen episodes of Lost, four times as many as his nearest competitor and just five episodes short of co-executive producer and director Jack Bender.  Most recently, Williams was responsible for the touching “Greatest Hits,” which foreshadowed the death of Lost regular Charlie (Dominic Monaghan).

Prior to working on Lost, Williams worked with Lost show runner Damon Lindelof on Crossing Jordan where Williams was a frequent director and Lindelof, along with Heroes' Tim Kring, was a writer and co-producer.  Williams' previous credits include work on sci-fi favorites such as Dark Angel, Odyssey 5, Psi Factor, and Earth: The Final Conflict.

- Jon Lachonis, BuddyTV Senior Writer

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter
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