David Winning is a director for Stargate: Atlantis.
He began making films at the age of ten with a Super 8 camera in hometown Calgary, Alberta. At 18, he got a Canada Council grant in 1979 to make his first sixteen millimeter drama Sequence, and expanded the plotline into his first feature film Storm, produced in the summer of 1983 and filmed in the forests and hills of Bragg Creek, Alberta. The debut feature took four years to complete and was released by Cannon International and Warner Home Video.
At 27 he landed directing gigs on the Canadian-produced series Friday the 13th: The Series for Paramount Pictures Television. For this television debut he received three Gemini Award nominations. His second feature followed in 1992 with Killer Image, a photographic mystery-thriller starring Michael Ironside and M. Emmet Walsh.
Throughout the 1990s he directed episodes of over a dozen series from kid’s shows to science-fiction. His episodic work has received international awards including eleven first place golds overall at the 1992-2004 Houston Film Festival, the 1995 Gold Hugo Award and two Silver Hugos from the Chicago International Film Festival, and four national Gemini nominations for Best Director/Dramatic Series. In 2002 he received a national award from the Director's Guild of Canada for outstanding achievement in television drama.
Sixteen years of episodic production led more recently to the Showtime/Disney western anthology Dead Man's Gun and the pilot and first six episodes of the UPN/Fox series Breaker High.
In the summer of 1996 he re-teamed with Michael Ironside and Frederic Forrest for the Universal military thriller One of Our Own. His last theatrical release, Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie for 20th Century Fox, was the fourth highest selling video in the U.S. in August 1997 (BILLBOARD).
Winning spent the fall of 1997 shooting in Scotland with Jason Connery on the "MERLIN" project. Next he directed the Patrick Duffy/Pam Dawber thriller Don't Look Behind You which premiered to two million viewers on the Fox Family Channel. Most recently he has divided his time between features and episodic work on Twice in a Lifetime, Earth: Final Conflict, Stargate: Atlantis and Andromeda.