PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES

SCOTT M. GIMPLE

Executive Producer / Showrunner / Writer

Scott M. Gimple joined AMC's hit drama The Walking Dead in 2011 as a co-producer and writer. During the next two years, he moved up to the role of supervising producer while also writing multiple fan favorite episodes including “Clear,” “This Sorrowful Life,” and “Pretty Much Dead Already.”

At the beginning of Season Four, Gimple was named head writer and showrunner of The Walking Dead. During his tenure, the show has continued to garner critical acclaim while also breaking ratings records and becoming a worldwide hit.

Gimple started his television work in animation, writing and producing for Walt Disney Television Animation and Nickelodeon. He created and executive produced the Emmy Award®-nominated television series Fillmore! for Disney before moving into live action. Gimple's first prime-time television job was as staff writer on Fox's Drive, and later a writer for NBC's acclaimed series Life and ABC's cult favorite FlashForward.

FlashForward began as a collaboration with David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight, Man of Steel) that included co-writing the Sony feature film Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, alongside Seth Hoffman for Michael De Luca; and co-writing Episodes 2 and 3 of the inaugural season of Starz' Da Vinci's Demons.

Gimple's first exposure to the comic book world was as an intern at Marvel Comics. After college, he worked as an assistant editor for Matt Groening's Bongo Comics, where he wrote and edited Simpsons Comics, as well as the books The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family, The Simpsons Forever!: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family…Continued, and The Simpsons Guide to Springfield. He went on to co-create and write the six-issue miniseries Heroes Anonymous for Bongo with Bill Morrison, and later wrote a two-hour pilot for SyFy based on the series.

GALE ANNE HURD

Executive Producer

Gale Anne Hurd is one of the entertainment industry's most esteemed producers of Academy Award®-winning films and Emmy Award®-winning programs that shatter box office and ratings records. Hurd's producing career launched when she produced and co-wrote The Terminator, 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. Additional feature credits include the Academy Award®-nominated Armageddon, The Incredible Hulk, Æon Flux, The Punisher, Dick, and The Waterdance, which won the Spirit Award for Best First Feature and the Audience and Screenplay Awards at the Sundance Film Festival. Hurd's film, Very Good Girls, premiered as an official selection at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically during the summer of 2014.

When Hurd entered the television business, she did so with a bang 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. The American Film Institute honored the show in both 2010 and 2012 as a “Top 10” TV program.

Hurd's company, Valhalla Entertainment, has an overall deal with Universal Cable Productions to develop new television and digital programs. In addition to serving as an Executive Producer on the top-rated drama series, The Walking Dead, Hurd is an Executive Producer on AMC's new companion series, Fear The Walking Dead, which received a 2-season order and debuted in August. Her newest series, Hunters, received a straight-to-series order from the SyFy network and will begin airing in 2016. Hurd is also an Executive Producer on USA Network's new drama pilot, Falling Water, along with Showrunner, Blake Masters (Brotherhood), who penned the script with the late Henry Bromell (Homeland).

This year, Hurd was awarded the prestigious David O. Selznick Award for Achievement in Motion Pictures by the Producers Guild of America, joining past recipients including Clint Eastwood, Jerry Bruckheimer, Kathleen Kennedy, and Steven Spielberg. Along with this honor, Hurd was also the recipient of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award at the 21st Los Angeles Film Festival. 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.  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.  

ROBERT KIRKMAN

Executive Producer / Writer

Robert Kirkman is the creator of many popular comic books, including the Eisner Award-winning The Walking Dead, the long-running Invincible, the all-ages Super Dinosaur, and the atmospheric exorcism comic, Outcast, which was released in June 2014 and recently received a television series pickup for Cinemax with Fox International. Kirkman serves 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 continued to expand his presence in the entertainment industry, becoming a creator, executive producer, and writer on The Walking Dead television show. Kirkman is also the executive producer and co-creator of AMC's companion series Fear The Walking Dead, for which he co-wrote the pilot alongside Dave Erickson (Sons of Anarchy, Marco Polo).

In 2010, Robert 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, 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 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 film released in theaters and VOD platforms in August 2015.

DAVID ALPERT

Executive Producer

David Alpert is a prolific television and film producer. A few of Alpert's credits include The Walking Dead, its companion series Fear The Walking Dead, and the Robert Kirkman-created Outcast. Alpert's film credits include Air, starring Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou; the Jessie Eisenberg / Kristen Stewart film, American Ultra; and the George Lopez film, Spare Parts.

Alpert is also president of Skybound Entertainment, the multiplatform entertainment company founded alongside longtime collaborator and creator of The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman. As president, Alpert oversees operations and development of cross-platform properties at Skybound, including the company's partnership with Samsung to develop virtual reality content for Milk VR.

Alpert is an honors graduate of Harvard University and New York University Law School.

GREG NICOTERO

Executive Producer / Director / Special Effects Makeup Supervisor

Greg Nicotero's first true love is Special Make-Up Effects, cultivated years ago watching the work of Dick Smith, Ray Harryhausen, Jack Pierce, and Tom Savini.

Born in Pittsburgh, Nicotero befriended director George A. Romero when he was just 15 years old. After being offered an apprentice job on Day of the Dead, Nicotero diverted from his then pre-med plan 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. Once in Los Angeles, Nicotero cultivated his skills as an effects coordinator on films including Evil Dead 2, Monkey Shines, and Aliens.

In 1988, Nicotero encouraged friends Robert Kurtzman and Howard Berger to join him in opening their own studio; thus KNB EFX Group was born. Within two years, Nicotero found himself moving from location to location designing and supervising make-up effects on films alongside the very filmmakers who inspired him, including Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, and Wes Craven.

Nicotero pushed KNB into broadening its 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 Frank Darabont, Sam Raimi, Robert Rodriguez, and Quentin Tarantino. He provided 2nd unit direction on several feature films including Land of The Dead, The Faculty, and The Mist.

His most recent work can be seen in True Detective, The Americans, and the upcoming Tarantino film The Hateful Eight — which he shot during his The Walking Dead hiatus, while serving as Executive Producer and make-up effects designer on Fear The Walking Dead, wrapping its first season in Vancouver and Los Angeles. 

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, Georgia.

TOM LUSE

Executive Producer

Tom Luse launched his entertainment career writing, producing, and directing the award-winning 28-minute documentary Who's Killing The Cities while a film student in Georgia State University's (GSU) masters program. As a result, Luse was awarded the AFI Director Internship at Paramount Pictures.

Luse went on to serve as part of the production management team on the Academy Award®-winning film Glory, starring Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman. He also production managed Remember the Titans, also with Denzel Washington; and Drumline, with Nick Cannon and Zoe Saldana. Luse served as producer on the cult classics Jeepers Creepers and Jeepers Creepers 2. He also produced The Joneses, with Demi Moore; Hachi: A Dog's Tale with Richard Gere; and The Collection, with Josh Stewart.

Equally well-versed in television, Luse produced the pilots for The Client and Profiler, and production managed One Tree Hill. It was his producing role on Everwood that led Luse to producing Past Life, which he was instrumental in bringing to Atlanta. Luse got his start in television as the location manager on Murder in Coweta County, starring Johnny Cash and Andy Griffith. 

Luse received an Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Made for Television Movie for What the Deaf Man Heard; was honored with the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Specials for Paris Trout; and was awarded AFI's TV Program of the Year for The Walking Dead.

Luse enrolled at GSU as an English major with aspirations to become a writer. He later switched to Psychology, in which he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree. He worked for several years with special needs children, while returning to GSU to pursue his Master's degree in Psychology. It was during this time an astute professor recognized Luse's passion for film and encouraged him to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Luse switched programs and became the first graduate student at GSU to do a film as his master's thesis.

DENISE HUTH

Co-Executive Producer

Denise Huth developed The Walking Dead with Frank Darabont at Darkwoods Productions, where she was Vice President of Production from 2004 to 2011. As VP, Huth oversaw the company's development slate. In 2007, she co-produced Darabont's feature film, The Mist, based on Stephen King's novella and starring Thomas Jane and Marcia Gay Harden, released by Dimension Films.

Huth joined Darkwoods Productions in 1999 where she worked on the post-production, marketing, and release of Warner Bros. Pictures' The Green Mile. She subsequently worked on the Warner Bros. film The Majestic, the NBC television pilot Raines, and the special-edition DVD releases of The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile.

Huth began her career at Scott Free Productions, the film and television company of Ridley and Tony Scott, where she worked on such films as Where the Money Is, White Squall, G.I. Jane, and Clay Pigeons.

Huth hails from Denver, Colorado, earning her B.A. from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. 

SETH HOFFMAN

Co-Executive Producer / Writer

Prior to joining The Walking Dead, Hoffman wrote on House M.D. and Prison Break for Fox, and Vegas for CBS.  He also co-wrote the Razzie-nominated Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.

Born and raised in South Nyack, New York, Hoffman received his B.A. in English from Dartmouth College.

ANGELA KANG

Co-Executive Producer / Writer

Angela Kang joined The Walking Dead writing staff in Season Two.  Prior to that, she was a writer for the FX series Terriers and NBC's Day One.

A Southern California native, Kang received a B.A. in Theater and English from Occidental College, and an M.F.A. in Writing for Screen and Television from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

PRODUCTION CREDITS

SCOTT M. GIMPLE Executive Producer
Writer 601, 604
GALE ANNE HURD Executive Producer
ROBERT KIRKMAN Executive Producer
DAVID ALPERT Executive Producer
GREG NICOTERO Executive Producer
Director 601, 609, 612, 616
TOM LUSE Executive Producer
FRANK DARABONT Developed By
DENISE HUTH Co-Executive Producer
SETH HOFFMAN Co-Executive Producer
Writer 602, 609
ANGELA KANG Co-Executive Producer
Writer 603, 610
COREY REED Co-Executive Producer
Writer 605, 610
MICHAEL E. SATRAZEMIS Director of Photography
Director 608, 611, 615
JENNIFER LYNCH Director 602
MICHAEL SLOVIS Director 603
STEPHEN WILLIAMS Director 604
AVI YOUABIAN Director 605
JEFFREY F. JANUARY Director 606
DAVID BOYD Director 607
KARI SKOGLAND Director 610
BILLY GIERHART Director 613
ALRICK RILEY Director 614
MATTHEW NEGRETE Supervising Producer
Writer 601, 608, 611
CHANNING POWELL Supervising Producer
Writer 607, 611
JOLLY DALE Producer
HEATHER BELLSON Producer
Writer 606
CALEB WOMBLE Co-Producer
PAUL GADD Producer Post Production
DAN LIU Editor
RACHEL GOODLETT KATZ Editor
GRAHAM “GRACE” WALKER Production Designer
BEAR McCREARY Composer
EULYN C. WOMBLE Costume Designer
TAYLOR KNIGHT Hair Department Head
ESSIE CHA Makeup Department Head
MICHAEL RILEY Locations Manager
JOHN SANDERS Property Master
KRISTEN WALKER Set Decorator
DARRELL PRITCHETT Special FX Supervisor
MONTY SIMONS Stunt Coordinator
MICHAEL CLARK Sound Mixer
VICTOR SCALISE VFX Supervisor