Thomas Schnauz

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

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 .

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Personal life

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] [ failed verification ]

Career

Schnauz started his career in various production jobs. His first screenplay was called Spirits in Passing. He eventually joined Vince Gilligan on the writing staff 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, as well as "Plan and Execution", the finale of the sixth season's first half that also received praise for Schnauz's writing. [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 practice of packaging. [8]

Filmography

Writer

YearShowSeasonEpisode titleEpisodeNotes
2001 The Lone Gunmen 1"Madam, I'm Adam"6
"Tango de los Pistoleros"10
The X-Files 9 "Lord of the Flies"5
2002"Scary Monsters"14
2005 Night Stalker 1"The Five People You Meet in Hell"2
2007 Reaper 1"What About Blob"5
"Ashes to Ashes"9
2008"Coming to Grips"15
20092"I Want My Baby Back"5
2010 Breaking Bad 3 "One Minute"7
"Abiquiu"11Co-written with John Shiban
2011 4 "Shotgun"5
"Bug"9Co-written with Moira Walley-Beckett
"End Times"12Co-written with Moira Walley-Beckett
2012 5 "Say My Name"7Also directed
2013"Buried"10
2014 Resurrection 1"Unearth"2
2015 The Man in the High Castle 1"The Illustrated Woman"3
"Revelations"4
Better Call Saul 1 "Nacho"3
"Pimento"9Also directed
2016 2 "Switch"1Also directed
"Fifi"8
2017 3 "Witness"2
"Sabrosito"4Director only
"Expenses"7Also directed
2018 4 "Breathe"2
"Winner"10Co-written with Peter Gould
2020 5 "Wexler v. Goodman"6
"Bad Choice Road"9Also directed
2022 6 "Carrot and Stick"2Co-written with Ariel Levine
"Plan and Execution"7Also directed
"Breaking Bad"11Also directed

Production staff

YearShowRoleNotes
2001 The X-Files Story EditorSeason 9
2002
2005 Night Stalker Executive Story EditorSeason 1
2006
2007 Reaper Co-producerSeason 1
2008
2009ProducerSeason 2
2010 Breaking Bad Season 3
2011Supervising producerSeason 4
2012Co-executive producerSeason 5
2013
2014 Resurrection Season 1
2015 Better Call Saul Season 1
2016Executive producerSeason 2
2017Season 3
2018Season 4
2020Season 5
2022Season 6

Screenplays

YearTitleCreditNotes
2008 Infected WriterTV movie. Story by Tom Schnauz
2008 Otis WriterCo-wrote with Erik Jendresen

Awards and nominations

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]

YearAwardCategoryShowResult
2010 Writers Guild of America Award Best Dramatic Series Breaking Bad Nominated
2010 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Drama Series Nominated
2010 Producers Guild of America Award Best Episodic DramaNominated
2011Writers Guild of America AwardBest Dramatic SeriesWon
2012Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Drama SeriesNominated
2012Writers Guild of America AwardBest Dramatic SeriesWon
2012Producers Guild of America AwardBest Episodic DramaNominated
2013Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Nominated
2013Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Drama SeriesWon
2013Writers Guild of America AwardBest Dramatic SeriesWon
2013Producers Guild of America AwardBest Episodic DramaWon
2014Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Drama SeriesWon
2014Producers Guild of America AwardBest Episodic DramaWon
2015Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Drama Series Better Call Saul Nominated
2015Writers Guild of America AwardBest Dramatic SeriesNominated
2015Producers Guild of America AwardBest Episodic DramaNominated
2016Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Drama SeriesNominated
2016Writers Guild of America AwardBest Dramatic SeriesNominated
2016Producers Guild of America AwardBest Episodic DramaNominated
2017Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Drama SeriesNominated
2019Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Drama SeriesNominated
2019Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Writing for a Drama SeriesNominated
2020Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Drama SeriesNominated
2020Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Writing for a Drama SeriesNominated
2022Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Drama SeriesPending
2022Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Writing for a Drama SeriesPending

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