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2014 Austin Film Festival and Conference Schedule
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Peter Gould

writer/producer/director Breaking Bad; co-creator Better Call Saul
Twitter: @petergould
Peter Gould is co-creator and co-showrunner of the highly anticipated television series Better Call Saul, a spinoff from the Golden Globe, Peabody and Emmy award-winning Breaking Bad. Conceived and created in collaboration with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, Better Call Saul stars Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman; a character Peter originated in season two of Breaking Bad.

In 2013, Guinness World Records named Breaking Bad the highest-rated TV series of all time, citing its season 5 Metacritic score of 99 out of 100. Rising from staff writer to co-executive producer, Peter wrote for all five seasons of Breaking Bad. Peter and the rest of the writing staff won the Writers Guild Award for Outstanding Drama Series in 2012, 2013 and 2014 as well as an Emmy for Best Dramatic Series in 2013. In addition to writing and producing, Peter directed two episodes of the series, including the penultimate episode.

Peter began his filmmaking career at the USC Graduate Film Program where he won the Nissan Focus Award for his student film. He has since written screenplays and pilots for HBO, USA, Showtime, TNT, CBS and the FX network. Peter also wrote and directed the independent feature film Meeting Daddy, starring Lloyd Bridges and Josh Charles.

Peter won a 2012 Writers Guild Award for his screenplay Too Big to Fail. The HBO movie, based on the bestselling book by Andrew Ross Sorkin, was directed by Curtis Hanson and stars William Hurt, Paul Giamatti, Billy Crudup, Tony Shalhoub, Bill Pullman, Cynthia Nixon, James Woods, Ed Asner and Topher Grace. The film garnered eleven Emmy nominations, including one for Peter’s script.

A native New Yorker, Peter lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.