Thomas Schnauz

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Thomas Schnauz
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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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<i>The Lone Gunmen</i> (TV series) 2001 American television series

The Lone Gunmen is an American conspiracy fiction thriller drama television series created by Chris Carter, Vince Gilligan, John Shiban, and Frank Spotnitz. The program originally aired from March 4, 2001, to June 1, 2001, on Fox. It is a spin-off of Carter's science fiction television series The X-Files and a part of The X-Files franchise, starring several of the show's characters. Despite positive reviews, its ratings dropped, and the show was canceled after thirteen episodes. The last episode ended on a cliffhanger which was partially resolved in a ninth season episode of The X-Files entitled "Jump the Shark".

<i>Night Stalker</i> (TV series) television program

Night Stalker is a television series that ran for six weeks in fall 2005 on ABC in America. The series starred Stuart Townsend as Carl Kolchak, an investigative reporter whose wife was murdered. Kolchak spends his time investigating other strange murders, believing they are linked in some way to his wife's murder. He is helped along the way by a fellow crime reporter Perri Reed, photographer Jain McManus and editor Anthony Vincenzo.

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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]

New York University private research university in New York, NY, United States

New York University (NYU) is a private research university originally founded in New York City but now with campuses and locations throughout the world. Founded in 1831, NYU's historical campus is in Greenwich Village, New York City. As a global university, students can graduate from its degree-granting campuses in NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai, as well as study at its 12 academic centers in Accra, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Florence, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Paris, Prague, Sydney, Tel Aviv, and Washington, D.C.

Vince Gilligan American writer, director and producer

George Vincent Gilligan Jr. is an American writer, producer, and director. He is known for his television work, specifically as creator, head writer, executive producer, and director of Breaking Bad and its spin-off Better Call Saul. He was a writer and producer for The X-Files and was the co-creator of its spin-off The Lone Gunmen.

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 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.

<i>Otis</i> (film) 2008 film by Tony Krantz

Otis is a 2008 direct-to-DVD comedy horror film directed by Tony Krantz. It is the fourth Raw Feed horror film from Warner Home Video.

Infected is a 2008 Canadian made-for-television Action adventure science-fiction horror-thriller film, which was directed by Adam Weissman. The movie has been given extremely negative reviews by critics and criticized by local television viewers for its B-movie/Z-movie-style elements and low-grade cinematography, extremely cheap budget, lack of coherence, and fast-paced and improper storytelling. The film however, has developed a strong cult following among Google users who have seen the film. The film received an R-rating from the MPAA before its scheduled release in the United States in 2009.

<i>Breaking Bad</i> American television series (2008-2013)

Breaking Bad is an American neo-western crime drama television series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. The show originally aired on AMC for five seasons, from January 20, 2008 to September 29, 2013. Set and filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the series tells the story of Walter White, a struggling and depressed high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with lung cancer. Together with his former student Jesse Pinkman, White turns to a life of crime by producing and selling crystallized methamphetamine to secure his family's financial future before he dies, while navigating the dangers of the criminal world. The title comes from the Southern colloquialism "breaking bad", meaning to "raise hell" or turn to a life of crime.

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

Sony Pictures Television American television production/distribution company

Sony Pictures Television Inc. is an American television production and distribution studio founded in 2002 as the successor to Columbia TriStar Television. Based in Culver City, it is a division of Sony Entertainment's Sony Pictures Entertainment and a unit of the Japanese conglomerate Sony.

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]

AMC (TV channel) American TV channel

AMC is an American pay television channel that is an owned flagship property of AMC Networks. The channel's programming primarily consists of theatrically released films, along with a limited amount of original programming. The channel's name originally stood for "American Movie Classics", but since 2002 the full name has been de-emphasized as a result of a major shift in its programming.

<i>Better Call Saul</i> American drama television series

Better Call Saul is an American television crime drama series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. It is a spin-off prequel of Gilligan's prior series Breaking Bad. Set in the early and mid 2000s, Better Call Saul follows the story of con-man turned small-time lawyer, Jimmy McGill, six years before the events of Breaking Bad, showing his transformation into the persona of criminal-for-hire Saul Goodman. Jimmy becomes the lawyer for former beat cop Mike Ehrmantraut, whose relevant skill set allows him to enter the criminal underworld of drug trafficking in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The show premiered on AMC on February 8, 2015. The 10-episode fourth season aired between August and October 2018. The show has been renewed for a fifth season, which is planned to premiere in 2020.

"Pimento" is the ninth and penultimate episode of the first season of the AMC television series Better Call Saul, the spin-off series of Breaking Bad. The episode aired on March 30, 2015 on AMC in the United States.

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]

Jack and the Beanstalk English folktale closely associated with the tale of "Jack the Giant-killer"

"Jack and the Beanstalk" is an English fairy tale. It appeared as "The Story of Jack Spriggins and the Enchanted Bean" in 1734 and as Benjamin Tabart's moralised "The History of Jack and the Bean-Stalk" in 1807. Henry Cole, publishing under pen name Felix Summerly, popularised the tale in The Home Treasury (1845), and Joseph Jacobs rewrote it in English Fairy Tales (1890). Jacobs' version is most commonly reprinted today, and is believed to be closer to the oral versions than Tabart's because it lacks the moralising.

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]


Filmography

Writer

YearShowSeasonEpisode titleEpisodeNotes
2018 Better Call Saul 4 "Winner"10Co-written with Peter Gould
"Breathe"2
2017 3 "Expenses"7Also directed
"Sabrosito"4Director only
"Witness"2
2016 2 "Fifi"8
"Switch"1Also directed
2015 1 "Pimento"9Also 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"7Also 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
20081"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

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

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 Writing for a Drama SeriesNominated
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 AwardOutstanding Writing for a Drama SeriesNominated
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

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