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Valhalla Entertainment

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Valhalla Entertainment Productions, Inc.
FormerlyPacific Western Productions (1982–1998)
TypeProduction company
IndustryFilm, television
Founded1982 (as Pacific Western Productions)
FounderGale Anne Hurd
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Key people
Gale Anne Hurd

Valhalla Entertainment is an American television and film production company. Their productions include AMC's The Walking Dead television series, its companion series, Fear the Walking Dead, and the spin-off, The Walking Dead: World Beyond.


Formerly Pacific Western Productions, the company was founded by producer Gale Anne Hurd in 1982[1] and it was folded into Valhalla Motion Pictures in 2000.

In 1988, Gale Anne Hurd launched a label No Frills Film, devoted to producing lower budget and independent films, usually with the nature of B-movie.[2] In 1993, No Frills Film was merged into Pacific Western Productions.[citation needed]

Five years later, Gale Anne Hurd formed another production label, Valhalla Motion Pictures, which was ultimately merged with Pacific Western Productions in 2000.[3] The same year it signed a first-look deal with Kinowelt USA,[4] which was acquired by StudioCanal[5] after Kinowelt was forced into bankruptcy.[6]

In 2001, Valhalla Motion Pictures launched a television division that its main focus was on producing television shows and movies for networks and syndication.[7]

Valhalla had an overall deal with Universal Cable Productions to develop new television and digital programs,[8] which was renewed in 2015.[9] Valhalla produced USA Network's drama series, Falling Water,[10] and Amazon's original series, Lore.[11]

In the comic book industry, Valhalla has created a six-issue mini-series comic book, The Scourge, for Aspen Comics, and a four-issue comic book mini-series, ANTI, for 12 Gauge Comics.[12] Dead Man's Run, which was created for Aspen Comics by Greg Pak.[13]

On February 7, 2017, Valhalla Motion Pictures merged into Valhalla Entertainment, which was originally formed in 1996.



Year Film Details
Director(s) Writer(s) Distributor(s) Budget(s) Gross
1984 The Terminator James Cameron James Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd Orion Pictures $6.4 million $78.3 million
1986 Aliens Story by: James Cameron and David Giler and Walter Hill
Screenplay by: James Cameron
Based on characters by: Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett
20th Century Fox $17–18 million $131.3–183.3 million
1988 Bad Dreams Andrew Fleming Story by: Andrew Fleming and Michael Dick and P.J. Pettiette and Yuri Zeltser
Screenplay by: Andrew Fleming and Steven E. de Souza
$4.5 million $9.8 million
Alien Nation Graham Bake Rocknee S. O'Bannon $16 million $32.2 million
1989 The Abyss James Cameron $43–47 million $89.8 million
1990 Downtown Richard Benjamin Nat Mauldin $10 million $2.34 million
Tremors Ron Underwood Story by: Brent Maddock and S.S. Wilson and Ron Underwood
Screenplay by: Brent Maddock and S.S. Wilson
Universal Studios $11 million $16 million
1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day James Cameron James Cameron and William Wisher Jr. TriStar Pictures $94 million $523.7 million
1992 The Waterdance Neal Jimenez and Michael Steinberg Neal Jimenez The Samuel Goldwyn Company TBA $1.7 million
Raising Cain Brian De Palma Universal Studios $12 million $37 million
1994 No Escape Martin Campbell Michael Gaylin and Joel Gross Savoy Pictures (US & UK)
Columbia Pictures (International)
$20 million $15.3 million
Safe Passage Robert Allan Ackerman Deena Goldstone New Line Cinema TBA $1.6 million
1997 The Relic Peter Hyams Amy Holden Jones and John Raffo
and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver
Paramount Pictures (US)
Universal Studios (international)
$60 million $48 million
Dante's Peak Roger Donaldson Leslie Bohem Universal Studios $116 million $178.1 million
Switchback Jeb Stuart Paramount Pictures $38 million $6.5 million
1998 Armageddon Michael Bay Story by: Robert Roy Pool and Jonathan Hensleigh
Screenplay by: Jonathan Hensleigh and Tony Gilroy
and Shane Salerno and J. J. Abrams
Buena Vista Pictures $140 million $553.7 million
Dead Man on Campus Alan Cohn Story by: Anthony Abrams and Adam Larson Broder
Screenplay by: Michael Traeger and Mike White
Paramount Pictures $14 million $15 million
1999 Virus John Bruno Dennis Feldman and Chuck Pfarrer Universal Studios $75 million $30.7 million
Dick Andrew Fleming Andrew Fleming and Sheryl Longin Columbia Pictures $13 million $6.3 million
2002 Clockstoppers Jonathan Frakes Story by: Rob Hedden and Andy Hedden
and J. David Stem and David N. Weiss
Screenplay by: Rob Hedden and J. David Stem and David N. Weiss
Paramount Pictures $26 million $38.8 million
2003 Hulk Ang Lee Story by: James Schamus
Screenplay by: James Schamus and Michael France and John Turman
Universal Studios $137 million $245.4 million
2004 The Punisher Jonathan Hensleigh Jonathan Hensleigh and Michael France Lionsgate Films (US & Canada)
Columbia Pictures (International)
$33 million $54.7 million
2005 Æon Flux Karyn Kusama Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi Paramount Pictures $65 million $52.3 million
2007 Welcome to the Jungle Jonathan Hensleigh Dimension Films 200,000 TBA
2008 The Incredible Hulk Louis Leterrier Zak Penn[N 1] Universal Studios $150 million $263.4 million
Punisher: War Zone Lexi Alexander Art Marcum & Matt Holloway and Nick Santora Lionsgate Films $35 million $10.1 million
2018 Hell Fest Gregory Plotkin Story by: William Penick and Christopher Sey and Stephen Susco
Screenplay by: Seth M. Sherwood and Blair Butler and Akela Cooper
CBS Films
Lionsgate Films
$5.5 million $17.5 million

Comic books

Year Comic book(s) Details
Publisher(s) Writer(s) Artist(s) Issue(s) Reference(s)
2010–2011 The Scourge Aspen Comics Scott Lobdell Eric Battle 6 [16]
2011–2013 Dead Man's Run Greg Pak Tony Parker 7 [17]
2012–2013 ANTI 12 Gauge Comics Peter Calloway Brian Stelfreeze 4 [18]


Year Documentary film Details
Director(s) Writer(s) Distributor(s)
2002 True Whispers: The Story of the Navajo Code Talkers Valerie Red-Horse PBS
2010 Choctaw Code Talkers Native American Public Telecommunications
2017 Mankiller PBS


Television shows

Year Show Details
Creator(s) Network(s) Distributor(s) Season(s) Episodes
2002–2003 Adventure Inc. Ethlie Ann Vare Syndication Tribune Entertainment 1 22
2010–present The Walking Dead Based on The Walking Dead by: Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard
Developed by: Frank Darabont
AMC AMC Networks 10 146
2015–present Fear the Walking Dead Based on The Walking Dead by: Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard
Developed by: Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson
5 69
2016 Hunters Based on Alien Hunter by: Whitley Strieber
Developed by: Natalie Chaidez
Syfy NBCUniversal Television Distribution 1 13
2016–2018 Falling Water Henry Bromell and Blake Masters USA Network 2 20
2017–2018 Lore Based on the Lore podcast by: Aaron Mahnke
Developed by: Aaron Mahnke and Gale Anne Hurd and Ben Silverman and Howard Owens
Amazon Prime Video Amazon Studios 12
2020–present The Walking Dead: World Beyond Scott M. Gimple and Matthew Negrete AMC AMC Networks 1 10

Television movies

Year Television movie Details
Director(s) Writer(s) Network(s) Distributor(s)
1991 Cast a Deadly Spell Martin Campbell Joseph Dougherty HBO
1994 Witch Hunt Paul Schrader
1995 Sugartime John N. Smith Written by: Martyn Burke
Suggested by the book Roemer: Man Against the Mob by: William F. Roemer Jr.
2010 The Wronged Man Tom McLoughlin Based on the magazine article by: Andrew Corsello
Written by: Teena Booth
Lifetime Movie Network Sony Pictures Television
2011 Last Man Standing Ernest Dickerson Jolene Rice and Adam Beason Lifetime Television

On March 24, 2016, the United States Patent and Trademark Office denied a trademark registration by Valhalla Game Studios on the grounds there was likelihood of confusion between Valhalla Motion Pictures and Valhalla Games Studios' mark.[19]


  1. ^ Despite reportedly working extensively on the script, the Writers Guild of America decided not to credit Edward Norton as a writer, only crediting Penn,[14] arguing Norton had not dramatically changed Penn's script.[15]


  1. ^ Gale Anne Hurd Biography – IMDB
  2. ^ Kehr, Dave. "RESOURCEFUL `BAD DREAMS` MAKES A THRIFTY THRILLER". Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  3. ^ Sulpor, Mia (May 3, 2000). "Hurd banners consolidated". Variety. Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  4. ^ "Hurd shingle, Kinowelt USA pick up script". Variety. August 2, 2000. Retrieved June 6, 2021.
  5. ^ "StudioCanal buys Kinowelt". Variety. January 17, 2008. Retrieved June 6, 2021.
  6. ^ "Canal Plus close to deal for Kinowelt". Hollywood Reporter. January 11, 2008. Retrieved June 6, 2021.
  7. ^ Feiwell, Jill (August 19, 2001). "Hurd's Valhalla adds TV arm". Variety. Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  8. ^ "'The Walking Dead' EP Inks Pod Deal With Universal Cable Productions". Hollywood Reporter. April 16, 2012. Retrieved June 6, 2021.
  9. ^ Gale Anne Hurd Renews Valhalla Entertainment Deal with Universal Cable Productions
  10. ^ "'Falling Water' Canceled By USA Network After 2 Seasons". Deadline. May 18, 2018. Retrieved June 6, 2021.
  11. ^ "Amazon cancels podcast-inspired 'Lore' after two seasons". Engadget. July 28, 2019. Retrieved June 6, 2021.
  12. ^ Walking Dead Producer Gale Anne Hurd Talks Comic Book Movies
  13. ^ Pak, Aspen and Valhalla Entertainment Team Up for “Dead Man’s Run”
  14. ^ Harvey, Jim (June 5, 2008). "Zak Penn to receive sole writing credit for 'Incredible Hulk'". Archived from the original on February 23, 2013. Retrieved February 23, 2013.
  15. ^ Thompson, Anne (June 13, 2008). "Incredible Hulk: Setting the Record Straight". thompson on hollywood. Archived from the original on February 23, 2013. Retrieved July 8, 2008.
  16. ^ Walking Dead Producer Gale Anne Hurd Talks Comic Book Movies
  17. ^ Pak, Aspen and Valhalla Entertainment Team Up for “Dead Man’s Run”
  18. ^ Walking Dead Producer Gale Anne Hurd Talks Comic Book Movies
  19. ^ United States Patent and Trademark Office Opposition No. 91206662

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