DAVE ERICKSON, Showrunner/Executive Producer/Co-Creator/Writer
Dave Erickson has written and produced long-form and series television since leaving University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts in 1998. Among his credits, Erickson has served as executive producer on Marco Polo for Netflix and The Weinstein Company, co-executive producer on FX’s hit series Sons of Anarchy, and creator and producer of the series Canterbury’s Law for FOX.
ROBERT KIRKMAN, Executive Producer/Co-Creator/Writer
Robert Kirkman is the creator of many popular comic books, including the Eisner Award-winning The Walking Dead; long-running Invincible; all-ages Super Dinosaur; and the new exorcism comic, Outcast, which was released in June 2014 and recently received a series pickup for Cinemax with Fox International. Kirkman will serve as creator, writer and executive producer of the series.
Since entering the comic scene with his self-published cult hit Battle Pope in 2000, the Kentucky native has risen to fame as one of the most successful names in comics and entertainment. In 2008, Kirkman became a partner at Image Comics. That same year, Kirkman expanded his presence in the entertainment industry, becoming a creator, executive producer and writer of The Walking Dead on AMC. The show has become the highest-rated basic cable drama of all time and will premiere its sixth season this fall. To date, The Walking Dead is the #1 series on television among the coveted 18 to 49 demographic.
In 2010, Kirkman saw an opportunity to create a transmedia entertainment company that would nurture creators and give them the resources to create content while retaining creative control of their properties. Partnering with longtime collaborator and fellow executive producer of The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead, David Alpert, Skybound Entertainment was born. In just five short years, Skybound has grown into a multiplatform entertainment company specializing in publishing, television, film and digital content, video games, merchandise, and special events.
Under the Skybound umbrella, Kirkman recently wrapped production on Air, his first feature film as a producer. The film stars The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus and Academy Award®-nominated actor Djimon Hounsou. The feature will be released in theaters and VOD platforms on August 14th.
GALE ANNE HURD, Executive Producer
Gale Anne Hurd is one of the industry’s most respected film and television producers, overseeing Academy Award® and Emmy®-winning programs that shatter box office and ratings records.
After climbing the ladder from Roger Corman’s executive assistant at New World Pictures to head of marketing for the company, Hurd’s career as a producer was launched when she produced and co-wrote The Terminator. The film received critical and commercial acclaim, including TIME Magazine’s “10 Best List” and was recently recognized by the Library of Congress to be included in its esteemed National Film Registry.
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, 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 entered the television business as executive producer of The Walking Dead, which currently reigns as the most-watched scripted drama, beating all broadcast and cable series among adults 18 to 49. With 17.3 million viewers tuning in to the season 5 premiere, the show will return for a sixth season this October. The American Film Institute honored the show in both 2010 and 2012 as a “Top 10” TV program. The series has also garnered two Emmy wins and was nominated by the Television Critics Association for “Program of the Year” in 2012. In 2014, The Walking Dead nabbed the People's Choice awards for “Favorite Cable TV Drama” and “Favorite TV Anti-Hero.” Hurd is also a consulting producer on AMC’s top-rated talk show, Talking Dead, which hit a series-high 7.5 million viewers tuning in to last season’s finale.
Hurd’s company, Valhalla Entertainment, has an overall deal with Universal Cable Productions to develop new television and digital programs. Her newest series, Hunters, received a straight-to-series order from Syfy. Hurd is also an executive producer on USA’s new drama pilot, Falling Water. Hurd’s film Very Good Girls premiered as an official selection at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Starring Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen, the film was released theatrically during the summer of 2014.
Hurd’s philanthropic focus includes her work with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on their highly anticipated museum. She also serves on the Academy's Science and Technology Council and recently completed her term on the Board of Governors. Hurd is an officer of the Producers Guild of America and chairs the Debra Hill Fellowship Committee, which supports and inspires the next generation of producers, as well as co-founding their yearly educational forum, the ‘Produced By’ Conference.
Hurd’s distinguished career has drawn the attention of her peers. This year Hurd was awarded the prestigious David O. Selznick Award for Achievement in Motion Pictures by the Producers Guild, joining past recipients including Stanley Kramer, Clint Eastwood, Jerry Bruckheimer, Kathleen Kennedy, and Steven Spielberg. In 2012, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and, in 2013, the Cartier Award at the Deauville American Film Festival along with Cate Blanchett and Nicolas Cage. Hurd is also the recipient of the 2013 DiGamma Kappa Award for Distinguished Service in Broadcasting from Grady College at the University of Georgia, home of the Peabody Awards. Last year, she was honored with an induction into the International Women’s Forum Hall of Fame, which features such honorees as Rosa Parks, Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Audrey Hepburn.
DAVID ALPERT, Executive Producer
David Alpert is a partner in Circle of Confusion LLC, a film and television management and production company with offices in Los Angeles and New York. Circle represents writers, directors, actors, producers, and content creators. In addition to his dual role as a representative and producer, Alpert runs the operations of the rapidly growing company.
On the television front, Alpert will once again team up with Kirkman to executive produce Outcast with Fox International and Cinemax, based off Kirkman's graphic novel. Alpert and Circle of Confusion are also gearing up to produce the series Powers with Sony Playstation. Alpert's other television projects, to name a few, include Pax Romana for Syfy and Winterworld for Xbox.
On the feature production side, Alpert has produced three films in the past year. He recently wrapped production on the action comedy American Ultra, starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg. His other films include Air, the sci-fi thriller starring Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead) and Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond, In America); and the true-life story Spare Parts, featuring Marisa Tomei and George Lopez.
Alpert is shepherding more than a dozen studio projects including Intern's Handbook, with David Franco attached to star at Sony Pictures; Inherit the Earth, with Michael Bay at Sony; and Antwerp, with J.J. Abrams for Paramount. Alpert is also prepping an adaptation of the graphic novel Lore, with Dwayne Johnson attached to star, David Green attached to direct, at Warner Bros.
Alpert is an honors graduate of Harvard University and New York University Law School.
GREG NICOTERO, Executive Producer/Special Effects Makeup Supervisor
Whether it's producing and directing a pilot with Ridley Scott or serving as executive producer, director and make-up effects artist on The Walking Dead, heralded as one of the most successful shows on television, Greg Nicotero loves what he does. What drives him, gives him that spark, was cultivated years ago watching the work of Dick Smith, Ray Harryhausen, Jack Pierce and Tom Savini. His first true love is special make-up effects.
Born in Pittsburgh, it was his love of horror movies that began his interest in special effects. He befriended director George A. Romero when Nicotero was just 15 years old. After being offered an apprentice job on Day of the Dead (1984), Nicotero diverted from his then pre-med career to follow his path to Hollywood. Working next to make-up effects legend Tom Savini, Nicotero watched his hobby blossom into a full-fledged career.
In Los Angeles, Nicotero cultivated his skills as an effects coordinator on films like Evil Dead 2, Monkey Shines and Aliens. After getting a call about make-up effects for a low budget horror film, Nicotero encouraged friends Robert Kurtzman and Howard Berger to open their own studio in 1988. The KNB EFX Group was born and, within two years, Nicotero found himself moving from location to location designing and supervising make-up effects films alongside the very film-makers that inspired him, including Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter and Wes Craven.
With his desire to “rise above the murky waters of 1980’s gore effects,” Nicotero pushed KNB into broadening their abilities by creating hyper-realistic cadavers, replica heads and articulated animals. As the company continued to grow, so did Nicotero’s love for movies and desire to collaborate with the best artists in the field, including Sam Raimi, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. He provided second unit direction on several features, including Land of the Dead, The Faculty and The Mist, where he was able to refine his film-making skills even more.
Nicotero’s most recent work can be seen in HBO’s True Detective, FX’s The Americans and the upcoming Tarantino film The Hateful Eight, which he shot during his Walking Dead hiatus. To date, Nicotero has directed 12 episodes of The Walking Dead while executive producing and supervising its Emmy® Award-winning special make-up effects on location in Atlanta.
Nicotero shares these experiences with his wife of 15 years, Shari, an assistant director, and their two children, Deven and Alyssa.
ADAM DAVIDSON, Co-Executive Producer, Director
Adam Davidson is a director, producer and writer who has worked in television and films of all genres, equally adept at comedy and drama. His short film, The Lunch Date, won the Academy® Award for Best Live Action Short and the Palme d'Or for Best Short Film at Cannes. The Library of Congress’ National Film Registry recently inducted The Lunch Date. Shot on location in New York City, including Grand Central Terminal, The Lunch Date is a black and white cinematic exploration of our pre-conceived notions of each other and the gray emotional areas that connect us all.
Davidson’s work also includes DirectTV’s family drama Kingdom, set against the world of mixed martial arts, episodes of Masters of Sex, the cinematic, epic series Rome, Tremé, Deadwood, True Blood, Low Winter Sun, TURN: Washington’s Spies, and the upcoming dark, gritty, complex STARZ series Flesh & Bone. Other credits include multiple episodes of Hell on Wheels, Big Love, Hung, United States of Tara, Friday Night Lights, Grey’s Anatomy, Community, Entourage, Suburgatory, and About a Boy, as well as episodes of Dexter, Six Feet Under and Lost. Davidson also served as producer and director on Made In Jersey, Lie to Me and Shark. He earned a DGA nomination for Law & Order, the first television episode he ever directed.
Born in Los Angeles to Los Angeles Theater Group artistic director and Tony® Award-winner Gordon Davidson and entertainment publicist Judi Davidson, their son went his own way. He played football for Palisades High and later at Kenyon College where, as an outside linebacker, he still holds multiple records for quarterback sacks. He graduated Cum Laude with Honors in History and wrote a controversial 120-page original thesis on Racism in American Popular Culture at the Turn of the 20th Century.
However, since the age of 12, Davidson had been drawn to film, and worked on all sorts of productions in various capacities to learn as much as he could about the process. Ultimately, this led him to the graduate film program at Columbia University. Columbia’s emphasis on story and character development appealed to Davidson. To further explore the dynamics of depicting the human condition, he also took acting classes with the famed Stella Adler. While he did not intend to act professionally, this experience certainly gave him a healthy respect for and insight into performance. He has gone on to work with an impressive list of talent, including Tim Roth, James Woods, Holly Hunter, Bill Paxton, Ian McShane and hundreds of others.
While at Columbia, Davidson produced and directed The Lunch Date, with the encouragement of his mentor and professor, Czech director Vojtech Jasny. This relationship also led to an introduction to Jasny’s compatriot, famed filmmaker Milos Forman. Davidson became Forman’s protégé and they collaborated on several projects including the feature film Hell Camp for Sony, which Davidson wrote.
Other significant and frequent collaborations have been with Joe and Anthony Russo, who brought him on board to direct eight episodes of Community from 2009-2015 among several of their other shows and an early pilot, Norman Lear (who financed his indie feature Way Past Cool), Jason Katims (for whom he has directed several series) as well as HBO, AMC and Showtime.
Davidson currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and three daughters.
DAVID WIENER, Co-Executive Producer/Writer
David Wiener is an award-winning playwright, television writer and screenwriter.
Wiener’s plays have been produced throughout the U.S. and the UK. His most recent play, Extraordinary Chambers, premiered at Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse where it received the Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Play. He is a resident playwright at New Dramatists in New York City. His plays are published by Samuel French Inc. and Dramatists Play Service.
Wiener’s work in television includes ABC’s Last Resort, AMC’s The Killing and the STARZ series Flesh and Bone.
Wiener wrote the screenplay for Hisako Matsui’s film, Leonie, starring Emily Mortimer. With his writing partner, Shawn Ryan, Wiener wrote the screenplay for the upcoming Warner Brothers’ film Sleeper (Pearl Street Films). The pair is currently at work on a new feature film for DreamWorks SKG.
|Executive Producer / Writer 101, 106||DAVE ERICKSON|
|Executive Producer||GALE ANNE HURD|
|Executive Producer / Writer 101, 106||ROBERT KIRKMAN|
|Executive Producer||DAVID ALPERT|
|Executive Producer / Special Effects Makeup Supervisor||GREG NICOTERO|
|Co-Executive Producer / Writer 105||DAVID WIENER|
|Co-Executive Producer / Director 101, 102, 103||ADAM DAVIDSON|
|Director 104, 105||KARI SKOGLAND|
|Director 106||STEFAN SCHWARTZ|
|Writer 102||MARCO RAMIREZ|
|Writer 103||JACK LoGUIDICE|
|Writer 104||MEAGHAN OPPENHEIMER|
|Production Designer||MICHAEL BOLTON|
|Director of Photography||MICHAEL McDONOUGH|
|Costume Designer||CARLA HETLAND|
|Set Decorator||TEDD KUCHERA|
|Property Master||R.D. “LUTHER” FAIRBAIRN|
|Key Hair Stylist||JULIE McHAFFIE|
|Key Makeup Artist||NATALIE COSCO|
|Location Manager||DAN CARR|
|Location Manager||GREG JACKSON|
|Stunt Coordinator||GASTON MORRISON|
|Production Sound Mixer||DARREN BRISKER|
|VFX Supervisor||GREGORY LEMKIN|