Carlton Cuse
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United States

Genre Arts


Writer / Producer

Character-driven series with an element of mystery and danger are a Cuse hallmark, especially post “Lost” as he wrote for A&E’s “Bates Motel” and FX’s “The Strain.” He broke into TV on “Crime Story” in 1986, before forming a writing partnership with screenwriter Jeffrey Boam that led to the cult Fox western “The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.” Cuse went on to create “Nash Bridges” and “Martial Law” before partnering with Damon Lindelof to be co-showrunners on ABC’s “Lost.” This year saw the premiere of Amazon’s “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” which took some five months to shoot and cost more than $8 million per episode. Also coming is the long-gestating adaptation of comic-book series “Locke & Key,” which just received a series order from Netflix.


  • LOST


  • Harvard University (MA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • Showrunners Impact
  • TV Producers Impact
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Showrunner Carlton Cuse Sets Rich Overall Deal With ABC Studios

Showrunner Carlton Cuse Sets Rich Overall Deal With ABC Studios

Carlton Cuse is returning to ABC Studios, setting a mammoth overall deal with the Disney division where he spent six seasons shepherding “Lost" with Damon Lindelof.The four-year pact, valued in its entirety in the low eight-figures, puts Cuse in a league with the richest showrunner deals in town.Cuse will launch a new production banner dubbed Genre Arts, and he has recruited longtime Amblin TV executive Lindsey Springer to serve as president. Cuse will focus on collaborating with other writers and...


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