As one of the leading creative voices in the entertainment industry today, Alex Kurtzman is known for his ability to bring complex source material, recognizable IP and original stories to screens with relatable, character-driven narratives that reach mass audiences and receive critical acclaim.
Kurtzman and his production company Secret Hideout are dedicated to developing and producing a wide array of sophisticated and compelling content across all platforms through their overall TV deal with CBS Studios. Through the company, Kurtzman is at the helm of the growing “Star Trek” universe on Paramount+ including the award-winning STAR TREK: DISCOVERY; the critically acclaimed STAR TREK: PICARD,featuring Sir Patrick Stewart reprising his iconic role as Jean-Luc Picard; STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS; the animated STAR TREK: PRODIGY, in partnership with Nickelodeon, that expands the franchise to young audiences; and for 2022, STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS, featuring beloved characters Pike, Spock and Number One. In addition, Secret Hideout is in development on a “Star Trek”project based on “Section 31,” with Michelle Yeoh attached to star.
Kurtzman’s wide-range of credits include executive producer of the limited series THE COMEY RULE based on the James Comey book A Higher Loyalty, which aired in 2020 on Showtime, in addition to the series THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY, an adaptation of Michael Chabon’s acclaimed novel of the same name, Kurtzman also serves as an executive producer and co-creator with Jenny Lumet on THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH.Based on the Walter Tevis novel of the same name, THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH will premiere on Showtime in 2022 and feature multiple episodes directed by Kurtzman.
Secret Hideout has a full slate of projects in development for various platforms. Next for Kurtzman and his creative partner Lumet is to write for SHOWTIME “Blackbird: Lena Horne and America,” based on the life of the incomparable entertainer and activist Lena Horne, who is Lumet’s grandmother. Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet, in partnership with CBS Studios, established a new multiplatform production entity 25 Stories, aimed at amplifying voices for people of color and creating sustainable career paths, from staff writer to showrunner. In the new venture, they will develop content for linear, premium cable and streaming platforms.
Outside of TV, Kurtzman has co-written some of the decade’s biggest films including “Star Trek,” “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” “The Amazing Spider Man 2,” “Transformers” and “Mission: Impossible III” and has directed films such as “The Mummy” and “People Like Us.” Additionally, he executive produced the romantic comedy “The Proposal” as well as the “Now You See Me” franchise. Overall, his writing and producing credits have earned over $4 billion worldwide.
Kurtzman began his career writing for the popular TV series “Hercules.” He went on to write for “Xena: Warrior Princess,” where he moved up the ranks to become a head writer for the show at the age of 23. Kurtzman was a writer and eventual executive producer on J.J. Abrams’ groundbreaking series “Alias,” which led to a fruitful and collaborative relationship with Abrams and helped establish the new wave of engaging action dramas that have dominated television for the past 15 years.