Peter Gould

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Peter Gould
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Peter Gould at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Occupation Television Writer; producer
Nationality American
Education Sarah Lawrence College (BA)
University of Southern California (MFA)
Notable works Breaking Bad
Better Call Saul
Too Big to Fail
Spouse
Nora Doyle
(m. 1996)

Peter Gould is an American television writer, director and producer. He worked on all five seasons of the AMC drama Breaking Bad . He was nominated for four Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards for his work on the series. After Breaking Bad ended, he went on to become the co-creator and co-showrunner, with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, of the show's spinoff, Better Call Saul . He became the series' sole showrunner after Gilligan left the writers room.

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Education

Gould is a native of New York. His parents were both artists and met at art school. [1] Speaking of his education, he admits "I was a bad speller. I had terrible handwriting. Doing papers in school was agonizing for me." [2] He graduated from Sarah Lawrence College [3] in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. In 1990, he graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master of Fine Arts. [4]

Career

After graduating from college, he did commercials in New York for a while before entering USC Film School.

In 2008, he joined the writing staff of the first season of Breaking Bad as a story editor. He wrote the first-season episode "A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal". [5] The first season writing staff was nominated for the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Award for best new series at the February 2009 ceremony. [6] [7] [8]

Gould was promoted to executive story editor for the second season. He wrote the second-season episodes "Bit by a Dead Bee" [9] and "Better Call Saul". [10] The writing staff was nominated for the WGA award for best drama series at the February 2010 ceremony for their work on the second season. [11] Gould was promoted to producer for the third season and wrote the episode "Caballo sin Nombre" [12] and co-wrote the episode "Kafkaesque" with fellow producer George Mastras. [13] Gould was promoted again to supervising producer for the fourth season in 2011.

In 2011, he wrote the HBO television film Too Big to Fail based on Andrew Ross Sorkin's book of the same time chronicling the events of the 2008 financial crisis and the collapse of Lehman Brothers from the point of view of Wall Street CEOs and US government regulators. [14]

With Gilligan, he became co-creator and co-showrunner of the spinoff series, Better Call Saul . The show debuted on February 8, 2015, and was the highest-rated cable television series premiere to date. [15] [16] Gould would become the series sole showrunner after Gilligan left the writing staff early in the third season to focus on other projects. This transition had been planned since the show's debut. [17]

The episode "Uno" from the first season of Better Call Saul won the 2015 Writers Guild of America award for Best Dramatic Episode in February 2016. [18] The episode was written by Gould and Gilligan.

In 2018, Better Call Saul was honored with a Peabody Award for "developing its own unique tone mixing legal drama, crime thriller, and dark comedy." [19]

Filmography

Screenplays

YearTitleRoleNotes
1994 Double Dragon Co-writerBased on the video game
2000 Meeting Daddy Writer and director
2011 Too Big to Fail Writer Television film

Writer

YearShowSeasonEpisode titleEpisodeNotes
2008 Breaking Bad 1 "A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal" [5] 7
2009 2 "Bit by a Dead Bee" [9] 3
"Better Call Saul" [10] 8
2010 3 "Caballo sin Nombre" [12] 2
"Kafkaesque" [13] 9Co-written with George Mastras
"Half Measures"12Co-written with Sam Catlin
2011 4 "Problem Dog"7Also directed
"Salud"10Co-written with Gennifer Hutchison
2012 5 "Hazard Pay"3
2013"Blood Money"9
"Granite State"15Also directed
2015 Better Call Saul 1 "Uno"1Co-written with Vince Gilligan
"Mijo"2
"Marco"10Also directed
2016 2 "Nailed"9Also directed
2017 3 "Mabel"1Co-written with Vince Gilligan
"Lantern"10Director only
2018 4 "Smoke"1
"Winner"10Co-written with Thomas Schnauz
2020 5 "Magic Man"1
"Something Unforgivable"10Also directed
Co-written with Ariel Levine
2022 6 "Wine and Roses"1
"Saul Gone"13Also directed

Production staff

YearShowRoleNotes
2008 Breaking Bad Story editor Season 1
2009Executive story editor Season 2
2010Producer Season 3
2011Supervising producer Season 4
2012Co-executive producer Season 5
2013
2015 Better Call Saul Executive producer Season 1
2016 Season 2
2017 Season 3
2018 Season 4
2020 Season 5
2022 Season 6

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