Alex Winter entered show business as a child actor with co-starring roles on Broadway in The King & I and Peter Pan and came to prominence in movies such as Warner Bros' hit The Lost Boys and the wildly popular Bill & Ted franchise. As a filmmaker, Winter's narrative features include the cult classic FREAKED, for 20th Century Fox and the critically acclaimed FEVER, for Lionsgate, which screened in the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes.
Winter is the founder of Trouper Productions, which services his documentary work. In 2020, Winter released two new documentary feature films, SHOWBIZ KIDS, premiered on HBO to widespread critical acclaim, garnering a Critics Choice nomination for Best Score. Followed by ZAPPA, the first all-access documentary on the life and times of Frank Zappa. The Kickstarter campaign for this project was the highest funded documentary in crowdfunding history. Magnolia Pictures released ZAPPA to widespread critical acclaim. A Critics Pick in the New York Times, ZAPPA was nominated for Best Music Documentary by the Critics Choice Awards.
The highly anticipated third installment in the Bill & Ted franchise, BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC, opened in August 2020 as the number one movie in the U.S. and the U.K.
Previous documentary work includes THE PANAMA PAPERS, about the most significant global corruption scandal in history, and the journalists who worked in secret and were at considerable risk to break the story. A multiple award-winner, THE PANAMA PAPERS, executive produced by Laura Poitras, opened to a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Also in release worldwide is TRUST MACHINE, about the rise of bitcoin and the blockchain, from Breaker Studios.
DEEP WEB is about the online black market Silk Road and the trial of its creator Ross Ulbricht. The film premiered on the Epix network, opening as the #1 documentary on iTunes and earning a Cinema Eye nomination among several award wins. DOWNLOADED is a VH1 RockDoc about Napster and the digital revolution. The film premiered at SXSW, garnering worldwide critical acclaim at theatrical and festival screenings.
Recently completed is Winter's next feature documentary, THE YOUTUBE EFFECT. Produced by Winter & Trouper Productions in partnership with Gale Anne Hurd & Valhalla Entertainment & Glen Zipper.
GALE ANNE HURD
Gale Anne Hurd is one of the industry's most respected film and television producers. In 1984, after working for legendary producer Roger Corman, Hurd produced and co-wrote her first feature film, THE TERMINATOR. The film was a box office and critical success, and has since become a genre classic. The success was quickly followed by ALIENS, which received seven nominations and two Academy Awards. Her films THE ABYSS, TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY, and THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS also went on to become Academy Award-winning films. Some of her additional credits include ARMAGEDDON, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, THE WATERDANCE, which won Sundance's Audience and Screenplay Awards, and MANKILLER, the award-winning Native American PBS documentary.
Along with the record breaking AMC program, THE WALKING DEAD, the first series in history to reign as the most watched television drama in the coveted 18-49-year-old demographic for six consecutive years, as well as the highest rated cable series on television for seven consecutive years and is now renewed for an eleventh season, Hurd is also an Executive Producer of the show's two companion series, FEAR THE WALKING DEAD, renewed for a seventh season, and THE WALKING DEAD: WORLD BEYOND, which has been picked up for a second season and will premiere on AMC in 2020. She also serves as a Consulting Producer on AMC's top-rated talk show, TALKING DEAD. Three 'Walking Dead' feature films were also announced and will premiere theatrically via Universal Pictures, with Hurd serving as a Producer.
Hurd's anthology series, LORE, based on the popular historical podcast of the same name, is currently streaming its first and second seasons on Amazon. Her recent Executive Producer credits also include two seasons of FALLING WATER for the USA network and HUNTERS for SyFy.
A long-time former Board Member and Officer of the Producers Guild of America, Hurd received the organization's coveted David O. Selznick Award for Achievement in Feature Film. She has served as a Governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and on the Boards of the American Film Institute, the Waterkeeper Alliance and the Ocean Conservancy. Gale was inducted into the prestigious International Women's Forum Hall of Fame, and her Star can be found on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Glen Zipper is the founder and president of Zipper Bros Films and formerly an Assistant Prosecutor in Hudson County, New Jersey.
Glen's credits include the Academy Award-winning documentary UNDEFEATED, Netflix's CHALLENGER: THE FINAL FLIGHT (produced in collaboration with JJ Abrams' Bad Robot Productions), the Emmy Award-winning GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD directed by Martin Scorsese, the Grammy-Award FOO FIGHTERS: BACK AND FORTH directed by James Moll (The Last Days) and the Emmy Award-winning two-part event documentary feature WHAT'S MY NAME: MUHAMMAD ALI directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer).
Further credits include the hit Netflix Original documentary series DOGS, TALES FROM THE TOUR BUS directed by Mike Judge (Silicon Valley, Beavis and Butthead, King of the Hill, Idiocracy), TREAD directed by Paul Solet (Grace), ZAPPA, THE PANAMA PAPERS and SHOWBIZ KIDS directed by Alex Winter, ELVIS PRESLEY: THE SEARCHER, a multi-part HBO documentary directed by Thom Zimny (Bruce Springsteen On Broadway), and BETTING ON ZERO directed by Ted Braun (Darfur Now).
Glen most recently produced the Showtime limited series UFO, his second collaboration with Bad Robot Productions, and is currently in production on HBO's Willie Mays bio-doc GIANT produced in collaboration with LeBron James' Springhill Productions.