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Thomas Schnauz is an American television producer and television writer. His credits include The X-Files, The Lone Gunmen, Night Stalker, Reaper, Breaking Bad, and Better Call Saul.

Thomas Schnauz
Born
Alma materTisch School of Arts
OccupationTelevision producer, television writer
Years active2001–present

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Personal lifeEdit

Schnauz was born in New Jersey.[1] He attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he first met fellow student Vince Gilligan.[1] Schnauz graduated from Tisch in 1988.[2]

CareerEdit

Schnauz started his career in various production jobs. His first screenplay was called "Spirits in Passing". He eventually joined Vince Gilligan on the writing staffs of The X-Files and its spinoff show, The Lone Gunmen.[1] He also co-wrote the screenplays for the 2008 film Otis and the 2008 television film Infected. In 2010, he re-teamed with Gilligan on Breaking Bad, where he remained through the show's 2013 conclusion.

Schnauz signed a two-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television in November 2014.[3]

Currently, Schnauz serves as co-executive producer on AMC's Breaking Bad spinoff series Better Call Saul.[4] He has written and/or directed a number of its episodes including "Pimento", the penultimate episode of the show's first season, which received critical acclaim.[5][6]

In April 2015, it was reported that he had been tapped to write the screenplay for "a revisionist take" on Jack and the Beanstalk, also to be produced by Vince Gilligan.[7]

In 2019, Schnauz joined other WGA writers in firing their agents as part of the WGA's stand against the ATA and the unfair practice of packaging.[8]


FilmographyEdit

Writer

Year Show Season Episode title Episode Notes
2018 Better Call Saul 4 "Winner" 10 Co-written with Peter Gould
"Breathe" 2
2017 3 "Expenses" 7 Also directed
"Sabrosito" 4 Director only
"Witness" 2
2016 2 "Fifi" 8
"Switch" 1 Also directed
2015 1 "Pimento" 9 Also directed
"Nacho" 3
The Man in the High Castle 1 "Revelations" 4
"The Illustrated Woman" 3
2014 Resurrection 1 "Unearth" 2
2013 Breaking Bad 5 "Buried" 10
2012 "Say My Name" 7 Also directed
2011 4 "End Times" 12
"Bug" 9
"Shotgun" 5
2010 3 "Abiquiu" 11
"One Minute" 7
2009 Reaper 2 "I Want My Baby Back" 5
2008 1 "Coming to Grips" 15
2007 "Ashes to Ashes" 9
"What About Blob" 5
2005 Night Stalker 1 "The Five People You Meet in Hell" 2
2002 The X-Files 9 "Scary Monsters" 14
2001 "Lord of the Flies" 5
The Lone Gunmen 1 "Tango de los Pistoleros" 10
"Madam, I'm Adam" 6

Production staff

Year Show Role Notes
2018 Better Call Saul Executive producer Season 4
2017 Season 3
2016 Season 2
2015 Co-executive producer Season 1
2014 Resurrection Season 1
2013 Breaking Bad Season 5
2012
2011 Supervising producer Season 4
2010 Producer Season 3
2009 Reaper Season 2
2008 Co-producer Season 1
2007
2006 Night Stalker Executive Story Editor Season 1
2005
2002 The X-Files Story Editor Season 9
2001

Screenplays

Year Title Credit Notes
2008 Infected Writer TV movie. Story by Tom Schnauz
2008 Otis Writer Co-wrote with Erik Jendresen

Awards and nominationsEdit

Schnauz has been nominated for Writers Guild of America Awards on six occasions, winning three times, for his work on the writing staffs of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. Schnauz shared in the show's 2010 Dramatic Series nomination, and subsequent category wins in 2011, 2012[9] and 2013,[10] for his work on Breaking Bad. He was nominated again in 2015 and 2016 in the Dramatic Series category for Better Call Saul.

He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series for the 2012 Breaking Bad episode "Say My Name".[11]

Year Award Category Show Result
2010 Writers Guild of America Award Best Dramatic Series Breaking Bad Nominated
2010 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Nominated
2010 Producers Guild of America Award Best Episodic Drama Nominated
2011 Writers Guild of America Award Best Dramatic Series Won
2012 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Drama Series Nominated
2012 Writers Guild of America Award Best Dramatic Series Won
2012 Producers Guild of America Award Best Episodic Drama Nominated
2013 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Nominated
2013 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Drama Series Won
2013 Writers Guild of America Award Best Dramatic Series Won
2013 Producers Guild of America Award Best Episodic Drama Won
2014 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Drama Series Won
2014 Producers 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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "The Writers Room cast members". Sundance TV. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  2. ^ https://www.nyu.edu/alumni.magazine/issue17/17_culture_credits.html
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2014-01-09). "'Breaking Bad's Tom Schnauz Inks Overall Deal With Sony TV, Joins 'Better Call Saul'". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-11-24.
  4. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (December 20, 2013). "'Breaking Bad' Writers Join 'Better Call Saul' Staff". Variety. Retrieved February 18, 2015.
  5. ^ Bowman, Donna (30 March 2015). "Better Call Saul: 'Pimento'". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  6. ^ Sepinwall, Alan (30 March 2015). "'Better Call Saul' - 'Pimento': Shut the door, have a seat". HitFix. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  7. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (22 April 2015). "Disney, ' Breaking Bad' Creator Vince Gilligan Taking Another Whack At Jack And The Beanstalk". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Patton Oswalt, David Simon, Danny Zuker, More WGA Members Post Termination Letters". Variety.
  9. ^ 2012 Nominees & Winners, Writers Guild Awards - Writers Guild of America, West Archived 2015-05-12 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ 2013 Nominees & Winners, Writers Guild Awards - Writers Guild of America, West Archived 2015-09-01 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "65th Primetime Emmys Nominees and Winners". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 26 April 2015.

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