Ian Toynton

Ian Toynton

Moving to the United States following the end of "Minder," Toynton became a steadily employed director of hour-long dramas. His career got a major boost thanks to the action drama "24" (Fox 2001-2010), which he directed 10 episodes of in the show's second and third seasons, winning an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series in 2003. Having shown a knack for striking a balance between white-knuckle plotlines and moving character beats, Toynton became a producer and director on "The O.C." (Fox 2003-2007), which combined teen soap elements with a wry sense of humor and the occasional fistfight. Riding a wave of successes at Fox, Toynton joined "Bones" in 2007 for its third season, serving as an executive producer for the first time. In addition, he directed some of the series' most important episodes, including the sixth season finale, "The Change in the Game," in which the long-simmering romantic tension between series leads Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and FBI agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) culminated in a series-redefining major reveal.