VFT:LA FEB '13 Event ft. Gale Anne Hurd ("Walking Dead")
Gale Anne Hurd is one of the entertainment industry's most esteemed producers of Academy Award-winning films and Emmy Award-winning programs that shatter box office and ratings records. Hurd’s record-breaking AMC series, “The Walking Dead”, currently reigns as the most-watched scripted drama, beating all broadcast and cable series, and is the #1 television series among Adults 18-49. With over 12 million viewers, the show will return for a fourth season and has been honored by the American Film Institute in both 2010 and 2012 as a “Top 10” TV program. Hurd serves as an officer of the Producers Guild and a Governor on the Board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Hurd's company, Valhalla Entertainment, has an overall deal with Universal Cable Productions to develop new television and digital series, and her indie film, “Very Good Girls”, premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
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. After a successful rise from Roger Corman's executive assistant to head of marketing at New World Pictures, Hurd's production career launched 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”. Additional feature credits 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.