Gale Anne Hurd – Executive Produer
In 1984, after working in various capacities for legendary producer Roger Corman, Hurd produced and co-wrote her first feature film, The Terminator. The film was a box office and critical success, and has since become a genre classic.
This success was quickly followed by Aliens, which received seven nominations and two Academy Awards; and the Academy Award-winning films The Abyss, Terminator 2: Judgment Day and The Ghost and the Darkness. Hurd’s additional feature credits include the Academy Award-nominated Armageddon, The Incredible Hulk, Tremors, Dante’s Peak, Æon Flux, The Punisher, and Dick and the Waterdance, which won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature and both the Audience and Screenplay Awards at the Sundance Film Festival.
Hurd is an executive producer of The Walking Dead, which currently reigns as the most-watched scripted drama among adults 18-49. The Walking Dead will begin filming its eighth season this spring. She is also a consulting producer on AMC’s top-rated talk show, Talking Dead, which logged a series high of 7.5 million viewers and is the second highest-rated cable show on Sunday nights, behind only The Walking Dead.
Hurd’s company, Valhalla Entertainment, has an overall deal with Universal Cable Productions to develop new television and digital programs. Her newest drama series, Falling Water, recently completed its first season. She is also an executive producer of the upcoming unscripted series, Lore.
Hurd has held numerous leadership positions at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where she has served on the Academy Board of Governors and chaired the Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship, the Investment Committee, as well as the Executive Committee of the Producers Branch. Hurd currently serves on the Academy’s Investment and Festival Grants Committees and is an Officer of the Producers Guild of America.
In 2015, Hurd was awarded the prestigious David O. Selznick Award for Achievement in Motion Pictures by the Producers Guild of America, joining past honorees Clint Eastwood, Kathleen Kennedy, and Steven Spielberg. She is also the recipient of the 2015 Jaeger-LeCoultre “Glory to the Filmmaker” Award from the 21st Annual Los Angeles Film Festival. The National Women’s History Museum honored Hurd at their annual 2015 “Women Making History” event, along with Oscar winner Viola Davis. She was inducted into the International Women’s Forum Hall of Fame in 2014, which includes such honorees as Rosa Parks, Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Audrey Hepburn. In 2013, she accepted the Cartier Award at the Deauville American Film Festival, along with Cate Blanchett and Nicolas Cage, and was the 2013 recipient of the DiGamma Kappa Award for Distinguished Service in Broadcasting from Grady College at the University of Georgia, home of the Peabody Awards. In 2012, Hurd received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.