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 is airing its eighth season 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. Her recent series, Falling Water, just completed airing its second season on USA Network. Hurd’s series, Lore, based on Aaron Mahnke’s ‘Best of 2016’ podcast of the same name, is currently streaming on Amazon. A second season was announced this year and is currently in production.
In addition to her television work, Hurd successfully crowdfunded her third Native American documentary, MANKILLER, which chronicles the extraordinary life of the first woman Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. With initial support from Vision Maker Media, MANKILLER is now screening in Film Festivals across the world and premiered on PBS for Women’s History Month in March 2018. Hurd’s new CBS Films feature, Hell Fest, directed by Gregory Plotkin, is in production in Atlanta. Hell Fest will be released through Lionsgate in October 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.