Institute Speaker/Panelist Bio

Glen Mazzara

Writer, Creator, Showrunner

Glen Mazzara is a television writer/creator/showrunner who is currently developing Stephen King’s Dark Tower novels as a series for a streaming network. His most recent work was A&E’s series, Damien, based on the classic horror film, The Omen. Before that, Mazzara was Executive Producer and Showrunner for AMC’s record-breaking series, The Walking Dead, which earned him two Saturn awards and was listed as one of AFI’s Top Ten TV Programs of 2012. He was awarded the 2013 Bram Stoker award for Superior Achievement in a Screenplay. He also earned a Peabody for his work on the Golden Globe-winning The Shield. He ran season two of TNT’s medical drama Hawthorne and worked on NBC’s Life. He created the series Crash, the first scripted drama on STARZ.

On the feature side, Mazzara has written The Overlook Hotel, a prequel to Stanley Kubrick’s classic film, The Shining. Mark Romanek is attached to direct. Mazzara is on the Writers Guild of America West Board of Directors and recently served on the WGA Negotiating Committee. He is co-chair of the WGA’s Inclusion & Equity Group and has been working to improve television employment opportunities for writers of diverse backgrounds. He is a co-founder of the WGA Staff Writer Bootcamp. Mazzara is a frequent speaker at the WGA, the Writers Guild Foundation, the WGA Showrunner Training Program, and the WGA Writers Access Project. He is on the Board of Trustees for Humanitas. He is a member of ReFrame, which works to improve opportunities for women in the entertainment industry. He has taught classes and seminars at colleges across the country and is a frequent speaker at professional conferences both in the U.S. and overseas. He is a proud member of NYU’s Mentoring Network and received their inaugural Mentor of the Year Award. He has served as an advisor for the Sundance Institute’s Episodic Story Lab. Mazzara lives in LA with his family.

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