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.
Hurd is an Executive Producer of The Walking Dead, the first series in history to reign as the most watched television drama in the 18 – 49 year old demographic for six consecutive years. The show recently concluded its eighth season with the season premiere marking The Walking Dead’s 100th episode. The Walking Dead is currently in production on its ninth season. 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. Her series, Falling Water, recently completed airing its second season on USA Network. Hurd’s newest series, Lore, based on Aaron Mahnke’s ‘Best of 2016’ podcast of the same name, is currently streaming on Amazon. The series recently started production on its second season in Prague.
On the film side, Hurd is currently producing a new horror feature, Hell Fest, for CBS Films to be released by Lionsgate in fall of 2018. She has also 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. After winning awards at film festivals worldwide, including ‘Best of the Fest’ at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, MANKILLER premiered on PBS for Women’s History Month this past March.
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 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 their annual 2015 ‘Women Making History’ event, and 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.