Carlton Cuse
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United States Mexico
2020

Genre Arts

Carlton
Cuse

Cuse established himself as a major player co-showrunning the ABC series “Lost,” and now he’s delving further into the world of the supernatural, albeit with an added dose of horror, with the Netflix series “Locke & Key.” Based on the comic-book franchise by Joe Hill (son of Stephen King), it premiered in February 2020 and got a second-season order the very next month. This comes on the heels of Amazon’s globetrotting action series “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” which he co-created, co-wrote and served as showrunner for its first two seasons. He and John Ridley (“12 Years a Slave”) are set to adapt the Hurricane Katrina-set novel “Five Days at Memorial” for Apple TV Plus. Cuse passed the talent onto son Nick Cuse, who is known for HBO’s “Watchmen” and horror-thriller film “The Hunt.”

Career

  • LOST
  • BATES MOTEL
  • TOM CLANCY'S JACK RYAN

Education

  • Harvard University (MA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • Showrunners Impact
  • TV Producers Impact
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For Carlton Cuse, Collaboration Is the Key to Creativity

For Carlton Cuse, Collaboration Is the Key to Creativity

When Carlton Cuse was starting out in the business, his office on the Warner Bros. lot was next to that of John Sacret Young, creator of “China Beach.” He spent hours at Young’s side, not only learning the craft of writing for television and features, but also about the process of showrunning. “He was very generous with me,” recalls Cuse. “And I appreciated that.”That experience — as well as his later partnership with screenwriter Jeffrey Boam (the “Lethal Weapon” movies,...

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