Gale Anne Hurd – Executive Produer
In 1984, after working in various capacities for legendary producer Roger Corman, Gale Anne Hurd produced and co-wrote her first feature film, The Terminator. The film was a box office and critical success, and it 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, Dick and The Waterdance; the latter won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature, and both the Audience and Screenplay Awards at the Sundance Film Festival.
In addition to Fear the Walking Dead, Hurd is an executive producer of The Walking Dead, which currently reigns as the most-watched scripted drama, beating all broadcast and cable series among adults 18-49. The Walking Dead will begin filming its ninth season this spring. She is also a consulting producer on AMC’s top-rated talk show Talking Dead, which 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. She is an executive producer on USA Network’s drama series Falling Water, which is currently airing its second season.
Hurd’s latest series, Lore, based on Aaron Mahnke’s “Best of 2016” podcast of the same name, is currently streaming on Amazon and was recently renewed for a second season. In addition to her television work, Hurd successfully crowdfunded her third Native American documentary, Mankiller, which chronicles the extraordinary life of the first woman principal chief of the Cherokee Nation. With initial support from Vision Maker Media, Mankiller is now screening in film festivals across the world and will air on PBS in March 2018.
Hurd has held numerous leadership positions at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, including serving on the Academy Board of Governors and chairing the Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship, the Investment Committee and 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 current 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 its annual 2015 “Women Making History” event, along with Oscar winner Viola Davis. Hurd was inducted into the International Women’s Forum Hall of Fame in 2014, which includes such honorees as Rosa Parks, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Audrey Hepburn. In 2013, Hurd accepted the Cartier Award at the Deauville American Film Festival, along with Cate Blanchett and Nicolas Cage, and was also 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, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.