Power Player Breakfast: Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Valhalla Entertainment

Take a look at Gale Anne Hurd’s list of credits and you might well ask, “How the heck did she do all that?” Answers to that question – and many others about Hurd’s life and career – are sure to be answered when she speaks at the first Power Player Breakfast of NYWIFT’s new program season.

After Hurd co-wrote and produced her first feature, The Terminator, in 1984, she went on to produce such Oscar-winning films as Aliens, The Abyss, Terminator 2: Judgment Day and The Ghost and the Darkness, along with a string of other notable motion pictures, including The Incredible Hulk, Armageddon and The Waterdance, which won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature and Best Screenplay, as well as the Audience and Screenplay Awards at the Sundance Film Festival.

The incredible bulk of her credits also includes serving as an Executive Producer of The Walking Dead, the first series to reign as the most watched television drama in the 18-49 demographic for six consecutive years. She also serves as 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. In addition, Hurd is an Executive Producer of Amazon’s original series, Lore, which will release its second season on October 19th.

Hurd has a whole other side to her as well. She successfully crowdfunded her third Native American documentary, MANKILLER, which chronicles the extraordinary life of the first woman Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, Wilma Mankiller. After winning awards at film festivals worldwide, the documentary premiered on PBS for Women’s History Month this past March.

And coming up next: Hurd’s new CBS Films horror feature, Hell Fest, which will be released by Lionsgate on September 28th.

Hurd was honored with the Loreen Arbus Changemaker Award at NYWIFT’s prestigious Muse Awards in 2007. She counts among her many other accolades the David O. Selznick Award for Achievement in Motion Pictures from the Producers Guild of America.

She is also the recipient of the 2015 Jaeger-LeCoultre ‘Glory to the Filmmaker’ Award from the 21st Annual Los Angeles Film Festival. At the 2018 Women In Film Crystal & Lucy Awards, Hurd was honored, along with 22 other trailblazing women in film, with a tribute by Frances McDormand. In 2012, Hurd received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Please note that, for legal reasons, Gale is not able to listen to any pitches — or accept any promotional materials or scripts — during the session.


Produced by the Power Player Breakfast Committee
Janet Stilson, Barbara Alpert, Christina Brown Fisher, Nicole Franklin,
Carey Graeber, Julie Poll and Susan Wagner

Special Thanks to Power Player Breakfast Sponsor
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz



$20 for NYWIFT Members
$30 for Nonmembers
Register by prepayment online

(Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)

October 24 @ 8:30am
8:30 am — 10:00 am (1h 30′)


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