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Gennifer Hutchison (born July 19, 1977) is an American television and film writer. She is best known for her work on the television series Breaking Bad. She won two Writers Guild of America Awards for her work on the series as a part of the writing team in 2012[1] and 2013. She is currently a writer and executive producer on Better Call Saul.[2]

Gennifer Hutchison
Born (1977-07-19) July 19, 1977 (age 41)
OccupationScreenwriter, Producer
Years active1993–present
TelevisionBetter Call Saul, Breaking Bad, The X-Files, Star Trek: Enterprise, The Strain
Spouse(s)
Andrew Ortner (m. 2013)
AwardsWriters Guild of America Award for Television: Episodic Drama (2014)
Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Dramatic Series (2012, 2013, 2014)

Prior to Breaking Bad, she worked in the production staff for the television series The Lone Gunmen, The X-Files, Star Trek: Enterprise, Grey's Anatomy and Mad Men. She also worked on The Strain as a writer and producer during its first season.

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CareerEdit

Hutchison got her start in the entertainment industry as a PA in the writers' office at The X-Files.[3] She went on to become writer/producer Vince Gilligan's assistant during the show's final seasons.[4] After the show ended, she worked on a number of pilots and short-lived shows as a writers' assistant and producers' assistant, ending up as showrunner Matthew Weiner's assistant on Mad Men during its first season.[5]

After finding out about former boss Gilligan's new pilot Breaking Bad – also on AMC – she reached out and was offered a job as Gilligan's assistant.[5] When Hutchison and the show returned for its second season, she spoke to Gilligan about her ambition to write for the show. She was tasked with writing the show's additional content, such as webisodes and blogs, as an audition. Her work impressed Gilligan, and she was offered a freelance script in season three, and subsequently brought on board as a writer.[3] She remained on the show for the entirety of its run, rising to the position of executive story editor in the show's fifth and final season.

After Breaking Bad ended, she spent a season as a producer on FX's horror-drama The Strain, writing two of the show's first-season episodes.[6]

She rejoined Gilligan and his co-creator Peter Gould on Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul as a supervising producer. Hutchison has, to date, written two episodes per season, rising to co-executive producer in season two, and executive producer in season three. She has received an Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Drama Series category for each season of the show.[7]

In film, Hutchison adapted Victoria Aveyard's novel Red Queen for Universal in 2015. In June 2016, she signed an overall deal with Sony Pictures TV, the studio behind both Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul.[6]

In December 2017, it was announced that Hutchison is adapting the Welcome to Night Vale podcast for television. The series is being developed at FX, under her overall deal with Sony Pictures TV.[8]

AwardsEdit

Year Award Category Show Result
2010 Writers Guild of America Award Best Episodic Drama Breaking Bad Nominated
2012 Writers Guild of America Award Best Episodic Drama Nominated
2013 Writers Guild of America Award Best Episodic Drama Won
2015 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Drama Series Better Call Saul Nominated
2015 Writers Guild of America Award Best Dramatic Series Nominated
2015 Producers Guild of America Award Best Episodic Drama Nominated
2016 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Drama Series Nominated
2016 Writers Guild of America Award Best Dramatic Series Nominated
2016 Producers Guild of America Award Best Episodic Drama Nominated
2017 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Drama Series Nominated
2018 Writers Guild of America Award Best Dramatic Series Pending

Personal lifeEdit

Hutchison was born in Concord, Massachusetts. She is married to Breaking Bad associate producer/post-production supervisor Andrew Ortner.[9]

FilmographyEdit

Writer

Year Show Season Episode title Episode Notes
2018 Better Call Saul 4 "Wiedersehen" 9
"Piñata" 6
2017 3 "Lantern" 10
"Sunk Costs" 3
2016 2 "Bali Ha'i" 6
"Cobbler" 2
2015 1 "Bingo" 7
"Hero" 4
2014 The Strain 1 "Loved Ones" 10
"Runaways" 5
2013 Breaking Bad 5 "Confessions" 11
2012 "Buyout" 6
2011 4 "Salud" 10 Co-written with Peter Gould
"Cornered" 6
2010 3 "I See You" 8

Production staff

Year Show Role Notes
2018 Better Call Saul Executive producer Season 4
2017 Season 3
2016 Co-executive producer Season 2
2015 Supervising producer Season 1
2014 The Strain Producer Season 1
2013 Breaking Bad Executive story editor Season 5
2012 Story editor Season 3
2009 Script coordinator Season 2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 2012 Nominees & Winners, Writers Guild Awards – Writers Guild of America, West Archived 2015-05-12 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ 2013 Nominees & Winners, Writers Guild Awards – Writers Guild of America, West Archived 2015-09-01 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b ""Better Call Saul" Writer Gennifer Hutchison Discusses Her Craft and Career – Green Lens Media". Green Lens Media. 2015-03-17. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  4. ^ John, Allen St. "Be A Team Player And Nail The Lunch Order: Career Tips from Better Call Saul Writer Genni Hutchison". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  5. ^ a b "Better Call Saul Q&A – Gennifer Hutchison (Writer & Producer)". AMC. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  6. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (2016-06-10). "'Better Call Saul' Writer Gennifer Hutchison Inks Overall Deal With Sony TV". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-11-16.
  7. ^ "Gennifer Hutchison | Television Academy". Television Academy. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  8. ^ Evans, Greg (2017-12-08). "FX To Develop 'Welcome To Night Vale' Podcast For TV; Harper Perennial Orders Two New Books". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  9. ^ Gennifer Hutchison and Andrew Ortner's Wedding Website

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