Gale Anne Hurd – Executive Producer
Gale Anne Hurd is one of the industry’s most respected film and television producers. 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®, followed by the Academy Award®-winning films The Abyss, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and The Ghost and the Darkness, among many others. Along with The Walking Dead, Hurd is also an executive producer of AMC’s companion series Fear the Walking Dead and a consulting producer on AMC’s top-rated talk show Talking 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 began filming its second season this summer. Hurd is also an executive producer on the recently announced Bravo series All That Glitters, which highlights the friendship and rivalry of renowned magazine editors Anna Wintour and Tina Brown as they rose to prominence at publisher Conde Nast during the ’80s and ’90s.
Hurd’s upcoming projects include Lore, based on Aaron Mahnke’s popular podcast, which was named iTunes Best of 2016 and currently has more than 55 million listens. Lore will begin streaming on Amazon later this year. In addition, Hurd successfully crowdfunded her third Native American documentary, Mankiller, which chronicles the extraordinary life of the first woman principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, Wilma Mankiller. Mankiller, which will air on PBS, had its world premiere at the L.A. Film Festival in June.
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. That same year she received the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award at the 21st Annual Los Angeles Film Festival, and the National Women’s History Museum honored Hurd at its annual Women Making History event. She was inducted into the International Women’s Forum Hall of Fame in 2014. In 2013, she accepted the Cartier Award at the Deauville American Film Festival and was the 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.