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. Her feature credits also include the Academy Award nominated Armageddon, The Incredible Hulk, Æon Flux, The Punisher, Dick, and The Waterdance, which won the Spirit Award for Best First Feature and the Audience and Screenplay Awards at the Sundance Film Festival.
Hurd is an Executive Producer of The Walking Dead, which currently reigns as the most-watched scripted drama, beating all broadcast and cable series among adults 18-49. With 19.1 million viewers tuning into the Season 6 mid-season premiere, The Walking Dead began filming its seventh season this spring. Hurd is also an Executive Producer of AMC’s companion series, Fear the Walking Dead, which received a two season order prior to its debut in 2015 and set a new ratings record for a cable premiere with 13.3 million viewers. Fear the Walking Dead was recently renewed for a third season. Hurd is a Consulting Producer on AMC’s top-rated talk show, Talking Dead, which recently logged 7.5 million viewers and is the second highest rated basic cable show on Sunday nights, behind only The Walking Dead.
Hurd’s company, Valhalla Entertainment, has an overall deal with Universal Cable Productions to develop new television and digital programs. Her newest series, Hunters, premiered this April on Syfy. She is also an Executive Producer on USA Network’s drama series, Falling Water which is currently filming its first 10 episode series in New York.
Hurd has produced two PBS documentaries, True Whispers: The Story of the Navajo Code Talkers, chronicling the experiences of the Navajo who served during World War II, and World War I’s Choctaw Code Talkers. Along with Vision Maker Media, 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.
Hurd has held numerous leadership positions at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences where she has served on the Academy Board of Governors and chaired the Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship, the Investment Committee, as well as the Executive Committee of the Producers Branch. Hurd serves on the Academy’s Investment and Festival Grants Committees and is an Officer on the Board of the Producers Guild of America, co-founding the Guild’s educational forum, the ‘Produced By’ Conferences, which are held yearly in both New York and Los Angeles. Hurd co-chairs the PGA’s Investment Committee and serves on the Finance Committee.
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.