Gale Anne Hurd - Executive Producer
Gale Anne Hurd is one of the industry's most respected and innovative film and television producers. Over the course of her career, Hurd has developed and produced films that routinely garner Academy Award nominations, and TV programs that win Emmys and shatter ratings records. By continually selecting daring material, championing technological innovations, and remaining hands-on in her approach, Hurd has carved out a leading position in the previously male-dominated world of the blockbuster, and become a recognized creator of iconic cultural touchstones.
Hurd is developing the feature films The Nameless with Route One and Hellfest with CBS Films. The Nameless, written by Chris Bullett, will focus on a US Marshal defending a compromised witness protection facility. Hellfest, a horror film set in a theme park on Halloween night, is written by William Penick and Chris Sey and will be directed by Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game of Thrones). Hurd's indie film, Very Good Girls, starring Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen, is in post-production.
Hurd's company, Valhalla Entertainment, has an overall deal with Universal Cable Productions to develop new television and digital series. She is actively developing an adaptation of O.C.T with Rosario Dawson and showrunner Jorge Zamacona (Oz, Homicide: Life on the Street, Wanted) for A&E based on the graphic novel by Rosario Dawson, David Atchison and Tony Shasteen, which explores the inner workings of the NYPD's Occult Crimes Taskforce. She is also developing a television series adaptation of Annie Jacobsen's novel, Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base, for AMC, and is adapting Lord Jeffrey Archer's The Eleventh Commandment for television with New Franchise Media.
Additionally, Hurd has created the a six-issue mini-series comic book The Scourge for Aspen Comics, written by Scott Lobdell and drawn by Eric Battle and a four-issue comic book mini-series ANTI for 12 Gauge Comics written by Peter Calloway and drawn by Brian Stelfreeze. Valhalla is currently developing a multitude of other comic book properties with various publishers, including Dead Man's Run, created by Greg Pak, one of the world's leading creators, for Aspen Comics.
After a successful rise from Roger Corman's executive assistant to head of marketing, Hurd's production career launched when she produced and co-wrote The Terminator. This success was quickly followed with Aliens, which received seven nominations and two Academy Awards, and the Oscar-winning films The Abyss and Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
At the helm of her production entity, Valhalla Entertainment, Hurd continually develops and produces a broad range of projects, including Marvel's smash hit The Incredible Hulk, starring Edward Norton. Hurd's other recent films include the futuristic sci-fi thriller Aeon Flux; The Punisher and The Punisher: War Zone based on the classic Marvel comic; and The Hulk, directed by Academy® Award-winner Ang Lee. Hurd also served as executive producer of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines; the Academy Award nominated Armageddon; Dante's Peak; The Relic; the political comedy Dick; and the Academy Award-winning film The Ghost And The Darkness, amongst many others.
Hurd has produced a number of distinguished TV movies, including HBO's Emmy nominated Sugartime, the Emmy winning Cast a Deadly Spell, The Wronged Man starring Emmy winner Julia Ormond, Witch Hunt directed by Paul Schrader and the documentaries True Whispers: The Story of the Navajo Code Talkers and Choctaw Code Talkers. Hurd produced the film Alien Nation, which was adapted into an acclaimed Fox TV series and the original Lifetime movie, Last Man Standing, starring Catherine Bell, Anthony Michael Hall and Mekhi Phifer. She also executive produced the action series Adventure Inc. starring Michael Bienn from The Terminator and Aliens.
Hurd serves on the of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Board of Governors, and as an officer of the Producers Guild of America. She chairs the Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship Committee and the Executive Committee of the Producers Branch at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and is a member of the Film Festival Grants Committee. An avid scuba diver, Hurd serves on the Advisory Boards of Heal the Bay and Ref Check. Hurd also serves on the Advisory Board for Artists and for Peace and Justice. She was honored by Global Green USA with the Entertainment Industry Environmental Leadership Award, the Telluride Tech Festival Award of Technology, the Crystal Award from Women in Film, the New York Women in Film & Television's Loreen Arbus Awards, the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television/Producers Guild of America's Vision Award and the PGA's Charles Fitzsimons Award for her service to the Guild. An avowed foodie, Hurd owns the popular Los Angeles area restaurant, Vertical Wine Bistro, whose chef, Laurent Quenioux was a semi-finalist in the 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards.