Growing up, Gennifer Hutchison's aspirations ranged from marine biology to physical therapy to whatever else was in the movies at the time. It wouldn't be until later in high school that screenwriting became her dream.
The indie pics of the '90s -- "Reservoir Dogs," "Living in Oblivion" and "Ruby in Paradise" -- stirred Hutchison's hunger for storytelling, pushing the scribe-to-be to dive into P.A. work on "Nash Bridges" and her "all-time favorite show," "The X-Files." She scraped for "any extra work I could find" and began penning everything from webisodes to vidgame content to X-Files trading cards.
She climbed the ladder quickly from freelancer to assistant to exec story editor on "Breaking Bad," where she racked up two WGA awards as part of the show's writing team.
Looking ahead, she is taking her talents to FX's Guillermo del Toro-Carlton Cuse skein "The Strain," set to air next year, as a writer-producer.
"Emphasis on character is where your story comes from," she says. "It's all about how people react to the things around them -- whether it be a cancer diagnosis or a horrible outbreak of crazy vampires."
-- Sean Fitz-Gerald