About the Director


Hordur “H.A.” Arnarson has been involved in media since he was a teenager, in various capacities. His first gig: road-testing cars for a weekly magazine—the same year he got his driver’s license.

When Iceland privatized its radio, H.A. began working on air and in the commercial studios. He came to the U.S. to get a degree in Broadcast Journalism, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University in 1991, having received a full Regent’s Scholarship and numerous awards. After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to begin an editing career.

In 1999, H.A began filming “Decoding Iceland,” a Super 16mm film examining the personality of a small, overachieving island nation through the prism of genetics, and the amazing rise and fall of capitalism during the last decade. In September 2009, the film premiered at the Reykjavik International Film Festival.

In 2000, H.A. began directing stories and stunts for “Ripley’s Believe it or Not!” on locations around Europe and the United States. In 2001, he became a member of the Director’s Guild of America.

In 2003 H.A. turned his focus to editing Reality TV shows like “Survivor” and “Contender,” for which he received three Primetime Emmy nominations for Best Non-Fiction Editing.

After four years with Mark Burnett Productions, H.A. made the leap to producing, taking a position as “PrEditor” on Spike TV’s “1000 ways to Die” in 2008. Today, H.A. is the Supervising Producer of the show.

H.A. is married to Dr. Dana Del George. They live with their two children near Los Angeles.