Yaitanes takes aspiring director under his wing
Emmy Award-winning television and film director Greg Yaitanes has taken an aspiring director under his wing, mentoring him and propelling him to new heights. Julian Higgins, the winner of College Television Awards, got his big break last June with an opportunity to spend time with Yaitanes through an apprentice program.
According to an article in Variety, Higgins' apprenticeship with Yaitanes started with shadowing him on the set of the Fox drama House, the most popular television show worldwide.
Within months, Higgins had landed an assignment to direct an episode of House—the kind of break that takes years to happen for many aspiring directors.
Yaitanes continues to be a mentor to him. "I text him with questions all of the time," Higgins said.
As for Yaitanes, the 40-year-old is one of the most recognized names in Hollywood. He is best known for his work on House. Before this he worked as a director on episodes of some of the most top-watched shows like CSI: New York, Greys Anatomy, Lost, Heroes, Damages and Bones.
Yaitanes’ Emmy Award came in 2008 as result of his work on House.
His most recent project is Banshee, the new Cinemax cable TV series about a master thief who assumes the identity of a small-town sheriff. Yaitanes came on board to helm the first episode. He is one of the executive producers, alongside True Blood creator Alan Ball and others.
Yaitanes helped produce the Greek America Foundation's Gabby Awards last year, working with videographers, actors and musicians to direct a complex opening sequence on Ellis Island.