As a key member of the team behind Pasadena’s Vertical Wine Bistro, Gale Anne Hurd has created a casually elegant destination that one might find in wine country. Alluding to the receptive atmosphere vital to Vertical's concept, “I was looking for a venue in Pasadena that didn’t exist – now it does,” she says.


Best known for her contributions to the film and television community, Hurd brings a proven blend of creative talent and shrewd business skills to the table. One of the most innovative and respected producers in the entertainment industry, she has distinguished herself by producing award-winning box office hits and championing technological innovations. Hurd’s first film, The Terminator, launched the career of director James Cameron, and was followed by the Oscar-winners Aliens, The Abyss, Terminator 2, and Armageddon, among many others.

In the television arena, Hurd developed and executive produces the AMC original series, The Walking Dead, which currently reigns as the most-watched scripted drama. The American Film Institute has also honored the show in both 2010 and 2012 as a “Top 10” TV program. With over 16 million viewers, the show will return for a fifth season. The series has garnered two Emmy wins and was nominated by the Television Critics Association for “Program of the Year” of 2012. In 2014, The Walking Dead nabbed the People’s Choice Awards for “Favorite Cable TV Drama” and “Favorite TV Anti-Hero”. Hurd is also a Consulting Producer on AMC’s top-rated spinoff talk show, Talking Dead.


As a volunteer, Hurd serves on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as an Officer of the Producers Guild of America and on the Advisory Boards of Heal the Bay, First Star and Reef Check. Closer to home, she served as a Board Member with the Old Pasadena Management District as well as for the Downtown Pasadena Neighborhood Association Board.

Hurd has been honored with the Global Green USA’s Entertainment Industry Environmental Leadership Award, the Crystal Award from Women in Film, the New York Women in Film & Television’s Loreen Arbus Award, and the PGA’s Charles Fitzsimons Award for her service to the Guild.  She also received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in October of 2012.  In 2013, she will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Deauville American Film Festival.

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