Gale Anne Hurd is one of the industry’s most respected and innovative film and television producers. Over the course of her career, Hurd has developed and produced films that routinely garner Academy Award nominations, and TV programs that win Emmys and shatter ratings records. By continually selecting daring material, championing technological innovations, and remaining hands-on in her approach, Hurd has carved out a leading position in the previously male-dominated world of the blockbuster, and become a recognized creator of iconic cultural touchstones. After a successful rise from Roger Corman’s executive assistant to head of marketing, Hurd’s production career launched with the production of The Terminator. This success was quickly followed with Aliens, which received seven nominations and two Academy Awards, and the Oscar-winning films The Abyss and Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
From the helm of her production company, Valhalla Entertainment, Hurd launched the AMC’s hit drama, The Walking Dead, which she developed and executive produced with filmmaker Frank Darabont. In addition to becoming the highest-rated drama series on television, The Walking Dead was also recently recognized by the DGA for hiring women and minority directors to direct more than half of their episodes. Other Valhalla Entertainment productions include Marvel’s smash hit The Incredible Hulk, starring Edward Norton and directed by Academy Award winner Ang Lee, The Punisher and The Punisher: War Zone; the Academy Award nominated Armageddon; Dante’s Peak; The Relic; Dick; and the Academy Award winning film The Ghost and The Darkness, among many others.
Her producer credits include a number of television movies including HBO’s Emmy nominated Sugartime, the Emmy award-winning Cast a Deadly Spell, The Wronged Man, and Witch Hunt. Hurd is currently developing the feature films The Shipkiller with Arenamedia, The Nameless with Route One and Hellfest with CBS Films as well as a television series adaptation of Annie Jacobsen’s novel, Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base for AMC, and Lord Jeffrey Archer’s The Eleventh Commandment with New Franchise Media.
Hurd serves on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors and as an officer of the Producers Guild of America. She chairs the Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship Committee and the Executive committee of the Producers Branch at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and is a member of the Film Festival Grants Committee.