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The Walking Dead Season 4 Production Biographies

SCOTT M. GIMPLE

Executive Producer / Writer

 

Scott M. Gimple joined AMC’s hit drama “The Walking Dead” in 2011 as a co-producer and writer.  Since then, he has penned multiple episodes, including Episode #312, “Clear;” #315, “This Sorrowful Life;” and the midseason finale, #207, “Pretty Much Dead Already.” In 2012, he became Supervising Producer.

 

Gimple started his television work in animation, writing/producing for Walt Disney Television Animation and Nickelodeon. He created and executive produced the Emmy®-nominated “Fillmore!” for Disney before moving into live action.

 

Gimple’s first prime-time television job was as staff writer on Fox’s “Drive,” and later on NBC’s acclaimed series “Life” and ABC’s cult favorite “FlashForward.”

 

“FlashForward” began a collaboration with David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight, Man of Steel) that included co-writing the Sony feature film Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, alongside Seth Hoffman for Michael DeLuca, and co-writing Episodes 2 and 3 of the upcoming inaugural season of Starz’ “Da Vinci’s Demons.”

 

Gimple’s first exposure to the comic book world was as an intern at Marvel Comics.  After college, he worked as an assistant editor for Matt Groening’s Bongo Comics, where he wrote and edited Simpsons Comics, as well as the books The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family, The Simpsons Forever!: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family…Continued, and The Simpsons Guide to Springfield.  He went on to co-create and write the six-issue miniseries Heroes Anonymous for Bongo with Bill Morrison, and later wrote a two-hour pilot for SyFy based on the series.

 

Gimple has written stories for What If? and Spider-Man Unlimited.  In January 2013, Marvel Comics released a weekly, five-issue Punisher miniseries he scripted, entitled

Punisher: Nightmare.

 

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 have garnered critical and popular acclaim. 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 currently developing the feature films The Nameless with Route One and Hellfest with CBS Films. 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” based on the graphic novel by Rosario Dawson, David Atchison and Tony Shasteen, as well as an 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.

 

Hurd serves on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors as an officer of the Producers Guild of America.  She chairs the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Committee at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, serves on the Executive Committee of the Producers Branch 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 Reef Check. Hurd also serves on the Advisory Board for Artists 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 and 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.

 

ROBERT KIRKMAN

Executive Producer /Writer

 

Robert Kirkman is the creator/writer of the best-selling The Walking Dead comic books and graphic novels and Executive Producer/Writer of AMC’s hit television show “The Walking Dead.” Before “The Walking Dead” was a pop culture sensation, it was already a successful comic book and just one of many comics that Kirkman has created for his Skybound imprint and publisher Image Comics over the past ten years. Kirkman started the year celebrating the 100th issue of his super hero comic Invincible. He is also the creator/writer of the all-ages Super Dinosaur and created Thief of Thieves, which is in development with AMC.

 

Robert Kirkman’s work as a writer, creator and advocate for creator’s rights has led him to win the Eisner Award, the Inkpot Award, the Saturn Awards’ first-ever Innovator Award, and Spike TV’s Game Changers Award. The 100th issue of The Walking Dead became the best-selling initial order of any comic book in this century.

 

Born in Lexington, Kentucky, Robert’s imagination was stoked by cartoons, movies and comics from an early age.

 

Battle Pope, a religious superhero satire, was his first title accepted by Diamond Comics Distributors, Inc. Its humble beginning was a turning point in Kirkman’s career. In 2000, he met his hero, Erik Larsen, and convinced him to allow Savage Dragon to guest star in an issue of Battle Pope. From there, things quickly fell into place. He joined forces with artist Cory Walker to pitch Science Dog to Image Comics, and Larsen invited both to write and draw his Savage Dragon spin-off, SuperPatriot.  Soon after, Image agreed to publish Tech Jacket, a title Kirkman created with artist E.J. Su. In 2003, he created Invincible with Cory Walker, followed soon after by The Walking Dead. Kirkman’s milestone survival horror series, with artist Charlie Adlard, has led to best-selling video games from Skybound’s partnership with Telltale Games, Skybound’s own The Walking Dead: Assault iOS game, merchandising, toys, action figures, events, spinoff novels and www.TheWalkingDead.com.

 

AMC picked up “The Walking Dead” as a television series in 2009 before the pilot was even shot. The record ratings for its October 2010 premiere led to an instant second-season pickup. Kirkman relocated to Los Angeles so he could be an active voice in the writer’s room for Season Two. His Skybound imprint now publishes many titles beyond his own, including David Schulner’s Clone, which is in development as a series by NBC with Kirkman as an executive producer. Kirkman also created and will write/executive produce an exorcism-based comic book series and television series in development with Fox International Channels, the international distributor of “The Walking Dead” TV show.

 

Kirkman created and owns some of the most popular characters in modern comics and is one of the driving forces behind Image Comics, which he helped reinvigorate as one of the company’s partners.  Kirkman is now developing the next generation of creator-owned comics through Skybound and is becoming a steadily growing voice in the world of television.

 

 

 

 

 

DAVID ALPERT

Executive Producer

 

David Alpert is a partner in Circle of Confusion LLC, a film and television management and production company with offices in Los Angeles and New York. Circle produces film, television and new media, and represents writers, directors, actors, producers and content creators. In addition to his dual role as a producer and representative, Alpert also runs the operations of the company.

 

Alpert has executive produced the pilots “Ultra” for CBS, “Them” for Fox and “Powers” for FX. On the feature production side, he is prepping an adaptation of the graphic novel Lore at Warner Bros. In addition, Alpert is working on La Vida Robot for Lionsgate/Pantellion. Alpert has also executive produced the indie feature St. John Of Las Vegas.

 

Alpert is currently shepherding over a dozen studio projects, including the big-budget Existence 2.0 at Paramount Pictures, Along with Inherit The Earth with Michael Bay at Sony and Antwerp with J.J. Abrams for Paramount.

 

Alpert is an honors graduate of Harvard University and New York University

Law School.

 

GREG NICOTERO

Executive Producer / Director / Writer

 

Greg Nicotero is executive producer, director and special effects makeup Designer on the hit AMC show “The Walking Dead.”

 

His vision for creature and character design can be seen in such TV shows and movies as Django Unchained, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Machete Kills, “Breaking Bad,” Kill Bill, Predators, Transformers, Land of the Dead, and Army of Darkness, among others.

 

His groundbreaking work on “The Walking Dead” has earned him and his team back-to-back Emmy® wins for Best Prosthetic Makeup, along with nominations for visual effects for both “The Walking Dead” and “Breaking Bad.” Greg has written and directed several installments of a web series based on “The Walking Dead” that have won numerous awards, including WGA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Writing Derivative New Media two years in a row. He has directed episodes in Seasons 2, 3 and 4 for the popular zombie show while running his makeup effects company, The KNB EFX Group (KNB) since 1988 he has contributed special makeup and creature effects to more than 700 projects, from Sin City, Inglourious Basterds, This is The End, Dances with Wolves, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Grey and Pulp Fiction, to The Green Mile, The Book of Eli and Piranha.

 

TOM LUSE

Executive Producer

 

Tom Luse has been producing and production managing for 25 years. He has worked on location throughout the U.S. and overseas, and also has been fortunate enough to have completed many projects in his home state of Georgia. Beginning with the Academy® Award-winning film Glory, he went on to production manage movies such as Drumline and Remember the Titans Tom has also produced features such as Jeepers Creepers 1 and 2, The Joneses, Hachiko and The Collection.

 

Beyond The Walking Dead, Luse’s television producing credits include the pilots for “The Client,” “Profiler,” “One Tree Hill” and the series “Past Life” and “Everwood.” He has worked on many made-for-television movies, including the Emmy-nominated “What the Deaf Man Heard” and the DGA Award-winning “Paris Trout.”

 

Tom also has been a second unit director on numerous projects, including the Japanese unit for Hachiko, and was awarded an AFI Director Internship for the award-winning documentary, Who’s Killing the Cities, which he wrote, produced and directed.

 

DENISE HUTH

Co-Executive Producer

 

Denise Huth came to “The Walking Dead” through Frank Darabont’s Darkwoods Productions, where she had been vice president of production since 2004. As vice president, Huth oversaw the company’s entire development slate. In 2007, she co-produced Mr. Darabont’s feature film The Mist. Based on Stephen King’s novella and starring Thomas Jane and Marcia Gay Harden, the film was released by

Dimension Films.

 

First joining Darkwoods in 1999, Huth worked on the post-production, marketing and release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Green Mile. She subsequently worked on the Warner Bros. film The Majestic, the NBC television pilot “Raines” and the special-edition DVD releases of The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile.

 

Huth began her career at Scott Free Productions, the film and television company of Ridley and Tony Scott, where she worked on such films as Where The Money Is, White Squall, G.I. Jane and Clay Pigeons.

 

Huth hails from Denver, CO and earned her B.A. from Pepperdine University in

Malibu, CA.

 

SETH HOFFMAN

Co-Execuitve Producer / Writer

 

Prior to joining “The Walking Dead,” Hoffman wrote on “House M.D.” and “Prison Break” for Fox and “Vegas” for CBS. He also co-wrote the Razzie-nominated Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.

 

Born and raised in South Nyack, New York, Hoffman received his B.A. in English from Dartmouth College.

 

 

 

 

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