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Brian Nelson

writer Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night, Devil, 11/22/63, Altered Carbon
Brian Nelson wrote the original screenplay for the Lionsgate release Hard Candy, which has won multiple awards including Best Picture and Best Script at the Sitges International Film Festival in Barcelona, Spain. He also scripted the Universal release Devil from a story by M. Night Shyamalan; Rupture, which marked Steven Shainberg’s return to directing; and vampire epic 30 Days Of Night, which opened at the number one slot in the box office in the week Nielsen reported more films opening than ever before. Currently, his screenplay adaptation of Station Eleven, based on the New York Times best-seller by Emily St. John Mandel, is in development with Stone Village Productions. In television he has served as Executive Producer on Da Vinci’s Demons for Starz, as well as Co-Executive Producer on the Saturn Award-winning Hulu miniseries 11/22/63, based on the novel by Stephen King; and on Altered Carbon, a coming Netflix cyberpunk series based on the novel by Richard K. Morgan. His television writing also includes work as a consulting producer for TNT’s Murder In The First; the teleplay for the ABC miniseries 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, starring Michael Caine; and multiple episodes of the Disney Channel series In A Heartbeat, for which he won a 2001 Prism Award for responsible portrayal of drug abuse. Additional series work includes a tenure as a staff writer on the Russell Wong martial arts series, Vanishing Son, as well as episodes of Jag, Lois And Clark, Earth: Final Conflict, So Weird, and the Berlin television drama Wolffs Revier. Coming from a background in theatre, Nelson spent a decade teaching stage directing in the USC School of Theatre, where the USC Parents Association recognized him as one of the top six educators in the university. His directing stage credits include his own adaptation of The Joy Luck Club for the Mark Taper Forum’s Literary Cabaret, as well as The Matsuyama Mirror, The Hothouse, King Lear and DramaLogue Award-winning productions of Seascape and Twelf Nite O Wateva, for theatres including the Kennedy Center, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Theatre 40 and East West Players. His play Overlooked received Honorable Mention in the PEN USA Literary Awards after premiering at the Chance Theatre. His ten-minute play Consolation has been performed at both Los Angeles Theatre Center and Actors Theatre of Louisville. As East West Players’ literary manager and dramaturg, he inaugurated the David Henry Hwang Playwriting Institute, dramaturged a host of new plays, and edited Asian American Drama: Nine Plays (Applause Books). And he is the author of the spiritual manual Earth Bound: Daily Meditations For All Seasons (Skinner House Books). He is represented by CAA, Management 360, and attorney Joel McKuin. He holds honors degrees from Yale and UCLA, and lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughters.