Alexander Hilary Kurtzman
September 7, 1973
|Occupation||Writer, producer, director|
|Known for||Co-founder of K/O Paper Products, founder of Secret Hideout|
Alexander Hilary Kurtzman (born September 7, 1973) is an American film and television writer, producer, and director. He is best known for co-producing the Star Trek franchise since 2009, co-writing the scripts to Transformers (2007), Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) with his writing and producing partner Roberto Orci, and directing and co-writing The Mummy (2017).
Kurtzman was born into a secular Jewish familyand raised in Los Angeles, California. His longtime screenwriting partner Roberto Orci was his best friend in high school.
Kurtzman attended Wesleyan University.
Kurtzman first teamed with Orci on the syndicated series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, for the television unit of Pacific Renaissance Pictures, then operating out of Universal International. After they produced several storylines to cope with the absence of lead actor Kevin Sorbo following a stroke that Sorbo had suffered during the fourth season, Kurtzman and Orci, both aged 24, were placed in charge of the show. They moved into films after they were asked to rewrite Michael Bay's The Island. The film earned nearly $163 million at the worldwide box office, on a budget of $126 million, which was enough of a success that they were brought in to write Bay's Transformers, which earned $710 million. Though The Island,Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen were not particularly well received by critics, the three films earned a combined $1.7 billion. They co-created the Fox TV series Fringe in 2008 along with J. J. Abrams. After the pilot, Kurtzman served as consulting producer on the show for the remainder of its run.They then co-wrote the 2009 film Star Trek.
In 2011, Forbes magazine described Orci and Kurtzman as "Hollywood's Secret Weapons" as, over the course of the previous six years, their films had grossed a combined total of over $3 billion at the box office. The partnership also wrote People Like Us, originally known as Welcome to People, which was Kurtzman's theatrical directorial debut.
Kurtzman has frequently worked with a tight-knit group of film professionals which include J. J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Adam Horowitz, Roberto Orci, Edward Kitsis, Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum, Jeff Pinkner, and Bryan Burk.In April 2014, both Orci and Kurtzman confirmed to Variety that they would no longer work together on film projects; they added that they would still work together—but only on television projects.
In 2018, Kurtzman signed a new five-year deal with CBS Television Studios to oversee and expand the Star Trek franchise on television, including serving as executive producer on Star Trek: Discovery (which he also co-showruns with Michelle Paradise), Star Trek: Short Treks , Star Trek: Picard , and Star Trek: Lower Decks .
In August 2021, Kurtzman and Secret Hideout had extended its overall deal with CBS Studios through 2026.
In 2002, Kurtzman married Samantha Counter, the daughter of lawyer Nick Counter.
|2005||The Island||No||Yes||No||Co-wrote with Roberto Orci and Caspian Tredwell-Owen|
|The Legend of Zorro||No||Yes||No||Co-wrote with Roberto Orci, Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio|
|2006||Mission: Impossible III||No||Yes||No||Co-wrote with J. J. Abrams and Roberto Orci|
|2007||Transformers||No||Yes||No||Co-wrote with Roberto Orci and John Rogers|
|Star Trek||No||Yes||executive||Co-wrote with Roberto Orci|
|Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen||No||Yes||No||Co-wrote with Ehren Kruger and Roberto Orci|
|2011||Cowboys & Aliens||No||Yes||Yes||Co-wrote with Roberto Orci, Damon Lindelof, Steve Oedekerk,|
Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby
|2012||People Like Us||Yes||Yes||executive||Directorial debut; co-wrote with Roberto Orci and Jody Lambert|
|2013||Star Trek Into Darkness||No||Yes||Yes||Co-wrote with Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof|
|2014||The Amazing Spider-Man 2||No||Yes||executive||Co-wrote with Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, and James Vanderbilt|
|2017||The Mummy||Yes||Yes||Yes||Wrote the story; co-wrote with Jon Spaihts, Jenny Lumet, David Koepp,|
Christopher McQuarrie and Dylan Kussman
|2009||The Proposal||Executive producer|
|2013||Now You See Me|
|2016||Now You See Me 2|
|1997–1999||Hercules: The Legendary Journeys||No||Yes||Yes||No|
|1999–2000||Xena: Warrior Princess||No||Yes||Yes||No|
|2000||Jack of All Trades||No||Yes||Yes||No|
|2001–2003||Alias||No||Yes||Yes||No||Also supervising producer|
|2004||The Secret Service||No||Yes||Yes||No||Pilot|
|2008–2013||Fringe||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Also consulting producer|
|2010–2020||Hawaii Five-0||No||Yes||Yes||No||Also developer|
|Locke & Key||No||Yes||Yes||No|
|2017–present||Star Trek: Discovery||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Episode "Brother"|
|2018–2020||Star Trek: Short Treks||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2020–present||Star Trek: Picard||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|TBA||Star Trek: Strange New Worlds||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Filming|
|TBA||The Man Who Fell to Earth||No||No||Yes||No||Filming|
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K/O Paper Products was an American television and motion picture production company founded by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci c. 2004, after signing a deal with DreamWorks Pictures, to rewrite the script on the 2005 film The Island.
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Star Trek: Picard is an American television series created by Akiva Goldsman, Michael Chabon, Kirsten Beyer, and Alex Kurtzman for the streaming service CBS All Access. It is the eighth Star Trek series and was launched in 2020 as part of Kurtzman's expanded Star Trek Universe. The series features a retired Jean-Luc Picard who has been deeply affected by the death of Data in the film Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) and the destruction of the planet Romulus in the film Star Trek (2009).
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