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 five consecutive years. The show is airing its eighth season in October with the 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 recently began filming its second season in Toronto.
Hurd’s current projects include Lore, based on Aaron Mahnke’s popular podcast which was named iTunes ‘Best of 2016’ and currently has over 55 million listens. Lore is streaming on Amazon starting in October on Friday the 13th. 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 is currently screening in Film Festivals across the country, will air nationally on PBS in 2018.
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.