Gale Anne Hurd is one of the entertainment industry’s most esteemed producers of Academy and Emmy Award-winning programs that shatter box office and ratings records. After beginning her career assisting Roger Corman, Hurd’s career took off when she produced and co-wrote The Terminator. 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 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 five consecutive years. The show will return for an eighth season this fall, with its season premiere marking The Walking Dead’s 100th episode. 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 was renewed for a second season. Hurd is also an Executive Producer on the recently announced Bravo series, All That Glitters, that follows 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, which is based on Aaron Mahnke’s popular podcast that was named iTunes ‘Best of 2016’ and currently has over 55 million listens. Lore will begin streaming on Amazon later this year. In addition, Hurd successfully crowdfunded her third Native American documentary, MANKILLER, which examines the life of the first woman Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, Wilma Mankiller. MANKILLER premiered at the LA Film Festival on June 19th.
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 their annual 2015 ‘Women Making History’ event, along with Oscar winner Viola Davis. She was inducted into the International Women’s Forum Hall of Fame in 2014, which includes such honorees as Rosa Parks, Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Audrey Hepburn. In 2013, she accepted the Cartier Award at the Deauville American Film Festival, along with Cate Blanchett and Nicolas Cage, and was 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, Gale received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.