Producer GALE ANNE HURD has produced
22 theatrical motion pictures and three original motion pictures
for pay cable during the past 20 years. She has been instrumental
in creating the contemporary concept of the 'event' motion picture,
pioneering cinematic breakthroughs and setting industry standards
during her career. Hurd, whose Pacific Western Productions is
based at Paramount, began her career working for Roger Corman's
New World Pictures. As Corman's assistant, then head of marketing
and later producer, she was involved in every aspect of the filmmaking
process. Motion picture history was forever transformed with the
first feature she produced, the innovative sci-fi thriller "The
Terminator," which generated tremendous revenues and set
in motion a genuine cultural phenomenon. Her second film, "Aliens,"
went on to receive seven Oscar nominations.
She continued that creative and financial trend with such films
as the Academy Award-winning and technologically revolutionary
"The Abyss," which earned a 1990 Oscar for Best Visual
Effects, the influential "Alien Nation," the acclaimed,
record-breaking sequel "Terminator 2: Judgment Day,"
the explosive "Dante's Peak" and the hit sci-fi adventure
"Armageddon." With "Armageddon," which she
developed, Hurd has again demonstrated that she is one of the
most skillful and creative producers of large-scale films. To
date, the film has generated more than $550 million worldwide.
Though best known for producing action-adventure films, Hurd has
also produced the acclaimed "Tremors," "Safe Passage,"
"The Waterdance," "The Ghost and the Darkness,"
"The Relic," "Switchback" and "Dead Man
on Campus." Hurd's most recent film was the techno-thriller
"Virus," based on the Dark Horse comic series. For television,
Hurd executive produced the Emmy-nominated HBO film "Sugartime,"
which chronicled the love affair between Phyllis McGuire and mobster
Sam Giancana, starring John Turturro and Mary Louise Parker. She
also produced the Emmy- winning "Cast a Deadly Spell"
and executive produced "Witch Hunt," directed by Paul
Hurd serves on the National Advisory Panel of the Institute for
Research on Women and Gender as well as on several boards, including
the Producers Guild of America, Artists Rights Foundation, IFP/West,
the Women in Film Foundation, the Los Angeles Independent Film
Festival, Americans for a Safe Future and Mulholland Tomorrow.
She also serves as the chair of the Academy of Motion Pictures
Arts and Sciences Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship Committee.
In June 1998, Women in Film presented Hurd with the 22nd annual
Crystal Award. The award was established in 1977 to pay tribute
to the outstanding women who, through their endurance and the
excellence of their work, have helped enhance the role of women
within the entertainment industry. She was also recently awarded
the Entertainer of the Year Award from Variety's Showbiz Expo
Hall of Fame.
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