Cuse at the 2010 Time Magazine 100 Gala.
|Born||Arthur Carlton Cuse
March 22, 1959
Mexico City, Mexico
Arthur Carlton Cuse (born 22 March 1959) is an American screenwriter and producer, most famous as executive producer and screenwriter for the American television series Lost for which he made the Time Magazine list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2010. Cuse is also considered a pioneer in transmedia storytelling.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Starting out in Hollywood
- 3 Feature films
- 4 Television series
- 5 Impact of Lost
- 6 Current work
- 7 Awards
- 8 Lost episodes (as writer)
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Cuse was born in Mexico City, Mexico on March 22, 1959. His parents, Susan and Arthur Robert Cuse, were American, and his father was working in Mexico for Cuse's grandfather, who had a machine tool manufacturing business. Cuse's paternal grandparents were Latvians, of Baltic German heritage. After a few years in Mexico City, his parents moved to Boston, where as a boy, he instantly bonded with the Boston Red Sox and began a lifelong love for the team. A few years after the move to Boston, his dad took a job in Tustin, California. Cuse was raised a Roman Catholic.
Cuse went off to boarding school in 10th grade to The Putney School in Putney, Vermont. The school was on a working dairy farm, and placed a strong emphasis on an education in the arts, music and the outdoors. It was at The Putney School, Cuse said, that he realized he wanted to be a writer.
Cuse attended Harvard University (Class of '81) and was recruited at freshmen registration by the freshman crew coach, Ted Washburn, and became part of the rowing team. In his words, he became "a hardcore athlete." Cuse's original plan was to attend medical school but he instead majored in American history.
During his junior year at Harvard, Cuse organized a test screening for the makers of the Paramount film Airplane!. The producers wanted to record the audience reaction to time the final cut of the jokes in the movie. Cuse said that was when he started thinking about a career in film.
Starting out in Hollywood
Cuse teamed up with a Harvard classmate, Hans Tobeason, and made a documentary about rowing at Harvard called Power Ten. He convinced actor, writer and fellow Harvard graduate George Plimpton to narrate the film. After graduating, Cuse headed for Hollywood, and worked as an assistant to a studio head, then as a script reader. By working as a reader, he said, he learned screenwriting.
In 1984, Cuse took a job working as an assistant producer for Bernard Schwartz and then spent a year and a half working on Sweet Dreams, directed by Karel Reisz, starring Jessica Lange and Ed Harris. He described the experience as his version of film school.
First writing job
Cuse then formed a partnership with feature writer Jeffrey Boam. Working with Boam, Cuse helped develop the films Lethal Weapon 2, Lethal Weapon 3, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and San Andreas.
The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. (1993 - 1994)
Because of his involvement with Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, an executive at Fox, Bob Greenblatt, asked Cuse and Boam if they would be interested in doing a television version of the old movie serials. Cuse said yes and wrote The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., about a Harvard-educated bounty hunter who wants to avenge the death of his father, the most famous lawman in the Old West. Fox gave the go ahead for the series. Brisco also had a science fiction element, in the form of a mysterious orb which appears in several episodes. Boam went back to making features, leaving Cuse to co-create and executive produce the critically acclaimed series. Afterwards, Cuse gave much of the credit for the show's success to actor Bruce Campbell who played Brisco County Jr., the lead character.
Nash Bridges (1996-2001)
After Brisco, Cuse met Don Johnson, who had a commitment from CBS to make a new series. With Johnson's blessing, Cuse went off and wrote the pilot for Nash Bridges. Johnson liked it and CBS did too, ordering 14 episodes off the script without making a pilot. Nash Bridges was the first series that Les Moonves greenlit as the head of CBS. It ran for six seasons and 121 episodes.
Martial Law (1998)
Cuse created and executive produced the CBS series Martial Law, starring Arsenio Hall and Sammo Hung Kam-Bo, one of martial arts legend Jackie Chan's closest friends and collaborators. Cuse adapted the world of Hong Kong cinema to American television in a story about a Shanghai cop who comes to the LAPD on an exchange program. A team of eight top Chinese stuntmen and coordinators out of Hong Kong were hired. Stanley Tong, who had directed many of Jackie Chan's biggest Hong Kong features, directed the pilot. Sammo Hung became the first Chinese actor to star as the lead in an American TV series. Cuse was running both Martial Law and Nash Bridges simultaneously. The workload became creatively and physically difficult, which led to him leaving Martial Law. and focus exclusively on Nash Bridges. Another factor, Cuse said, were creative differences with Sammo Hung about the future direction of Martial Law.
Black Sash (2003)
Cuse executive produced the short-lived series Black Sash on The WB, a show about a San Francisco cop, Tom Chang, played by Russell Wong who was framed for a crime and sent to prison. Chang gets out and returns to San Francisco and opens a martial arts dojo. The show didn't make it, but Black Sash writers Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz were the first writers hired on Lost. Later, Cuse adapted the Chinese symbol for Ba gua, a form of martial arts used on Black Sash, as the Dharma Symbol on Lost.
Cuse was an executive producer and joint showrunner on Lost with Damon Lindelof. They met in the sixth season of Nash Bridges. Cuse hired Lindelof, giving him his first staff writer job on a TV series. A few years later Lindelof and J. J. Abrams wrote the pilot for Lost. Shortly after the Lost pilot was shot, Abrams left the show to do Mission Impossible 3 with Tom Cruise. Lindelof had no experience as a showrunner and called Cuse for showrunning advice on the side. He then asked Cuse to come work on the show.
The Cuse/Lindelof partnership was very productive. They wrote roughly a third of the episodes together as well as working together on rewrites, story meetings, editing and casting. Cuse said, "A great partnership can lead to great TV. In the case of Lost it worked out great; I could not have had a better partner than Damon."
Impact of Lost
In 2009, Cuse and Lindelof received the prestigious George Foster Peabody award for Lost. The Peabody Board cited Lost for “breezily mixing metaphysics, quantum physics, romance and cliffhanger action in a genre-bending series about a group of air-crash survivors on a mysterious island. ‘Lost’ has rewritten the rules of television fiction.”
Cuse said that Lost "showed that it was possible on network TV to tell a highly complex, serialized narrative with intentional ambiguity‚ leaving the audience room to debate and discuss the meaning and intentions of the narrative‚ and still find a large audience."
Virtual communities sprung up around the show and new media technology allowed fans to interact with each other and form a community. The rise of social media occurred simultaneously with Lost. It allowed people around the world to not only debate and discuss the show but also work together and pool their resources to generate content like Lostpedia, a fan-created encyclopedia about the show. They also created Lost University. Viewers who bought Lost on Blu-ray could take courses at Lost U. on Lost related subjects like time travel, and Lost fans who become experts became the instructors of those courses.
Transmedia in Lost
Cuse says he wanted to use other media to tell stories that would never make it onto the network show. Cuse and Lindelof created the first ARG (Alternative Reality Game) that connected as a narrative into a network TV show. Cuse believes this ARG redefined the way in which the Internet and a TV show could be integrated, and broke new ground in how a TV show could be marketed. Lost was also the first TV network series show to create original content for mobile phones. Their last ARG, Dharma Wants You‚ won an Emmy in 2009 for Creative Achievement in Interactive Media. Dharma Wants You utilized a “variety of media platforms including websites, exclusive video, interactive games, Bluetooth, mobile, TV, VOIP, social networks, and complex real-world events involving hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide.”
Cuse said that Hollywood is only beginning to accept new technologies like transmedia, and, for the most part is still trapped in the past.
Cuse and Lindelof hosted a Lost podcast where they discussed the show—regularly the #1 podcast on all of iTunes. They also did a series of comedic videos sponsored by Verizon called Lost Slapdown, and were guests on shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live! and the Late Show with David Letterman. They participated in a New York Times Talk that was simulcast in over 400 theaters in the US and Canada.
Future of Lost
Disney owns Lost and, at their discretion, may someday do another TV series or feature film based on the concept and characters of the show. However, both Cuse and Lindelof have said that they would not be part of any future plans for Lost and wanted their work to stand entirely on its own.
Cuse is currently the showrunner of Bates Motel with Kerry Ehrin, a writer from Friday Night Lights. Cuse and Ehrin are executive producers. The series is described as a "contemporary prequel" to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. The show is aired on A&E, with the first season consisting of ten episodes. Actor Vera Farmiga, who plays Norma Bates, was nominated for an Emmy for her work on the show, which broke records for A&E as their top rated original series in all key demos for its first season. After strong ratings and positive reviews, A&E renewed the series for a ten episode second season, which premiered on March 3, 2014.
Cuse and Secretariat director Randall Wallace are currently co-writing a pilot script for the ABC network and ABC Studios, a Civil War-era show set in Virginia called Point of Honor . Cuse and Wallace were introduced to each other through their representative, WME's Ari Greenburg. According to Variety, ABC is very committed to Point of Honor and views it as a "major event series" to be developed outside the normal pilot season schedule. Cuse and Wallace have been working on the concept since September 2010. As of June 2014, it is on the verge to be ordered to pilot by Amazon Studios. 
Cuse has been nominated for ten Primetime Emmy awards for his work on Lost and has won twice: first in 2005 for Outstanding Drama Series, then in 2009 for Creative Achievement in Interactive Media. Cuse, along with Lindelof received three nominations for the Golden Globe Award including a win for Best Television Series in 2005; five nominations by the Producers Guild of America with a win in 2006 for Television Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Drama; three nominations and wins by the American Film Institute; twelve nominations by the Television Critics Association, including two wins in 2005 for Outstanding Achievement in Drama and Outstanding New Program, a tie for Outstanding Achievement in Drama in 2008, and a win in that category in 2010. There were four nominations from the Writers Guild of America including a win in 2006 for Best Dramatic Series, and five Saturn Award nominations with four wins in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2009 for Best Network Television Series. Cuse also received nominations from the NAACP Image Awards, the Hugo Award and the People’s Choice Award. In 2007, Cuse shared the BAFTA Award for Best International for Lost. In 2009, He won the Peabody Award for “rewriting the rules of television fiction,” The Jules Verne Festival Award, The Roma Fiction Fest Special Award and a GQ 2009 Men of the Year Award. Finally in 2010, he was voted one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. He also won the TV Guide Award for Martial Law which was voted the Favorite New Series in 1999.
|2005||Lost||Outstanding Drama Series||Won||J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, Bryan Burk, Jack Bender, David Fury, Jesse Alexander, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Sarah Caplan, Leonard Dick, Jean Higgins|
|2006||Lost||Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series||"The 23rd Psalm"||Nominated||Shared with Damon Lindelof|
|2007||Lost||Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series||"Through the Looking Glass"||Nominated||Shared with Damon Lindelof|
|2008||Lost||Outstanding Drama Series||Nominated||J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, Bryan Burk, Jack Bender, Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, Drew Goddard, Stephen Williams, Jean Higgins, Elizabeth Sarnoff, Pat Churchill, Ra’uf Glasgow|
|Lost||Outstanding Special Class - Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Programs||"Lost: Missing Pieces"||Nominated||Shared with: Damon Lindelof, Barry Jossen|
|2009||Lost||Outstanding Drama Series||Nominated||J.J. Abrams, Jack Bender, Bryan Burk, Carlton Cuse, Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis, Damon Lindelof, Jean Higgins, Elizabeth Sarnoff, Stephen Williams, Paul Zbyszewski, Pat Churchill, Ra'uf Glasgow, Brian K. Vaughan|
|Lost||Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series||"The Incident"||Nominated||Shared with: Damon Lindelof|
|Lost||Creative Achievement in Interactive Media||"Dharma Wants You"||Won||Shared with: Damon Lindelof|
|2010||Lost||Outstanding Drama Series||Nominated|
|Lost||Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series||"The End"||Nominated||Shared with: Damon Lindelof|
|2005||Lost||Best Television Series||Won|
|2006||Lost||Best Television Series||Nominated|
|2007||Lost||Best Television Series||Nominated|
|1998||Martial Law||Favorite New Series||Won|
|2006||Lost||Television Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Drama||Won||J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Bryan Burk, Jack Bender, Jean Higgins & Carlton Cuse|
|2007||Lost||Television Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Drama||Nominated||J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, Bryan Burk, Jack Bender, Jean Higgins, Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz & Liz Sarnoff|
|2008||Lost||Television Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Drama||Nominated||Damon Lindelof, Jack Bender, Elizabeth Sarnoff, Drew Goddard|
|2009||Lost||Television Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Drama||Nominated||Jack Bender, Carlton Cuse, Drew Goddard, Jean Higgins, Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, Damon Lindelof, Liz Sarnoff, Stephen Williams & Ra’uf Glasgow|
|2010||Lost||Television Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Drama||Nominated||Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, Jack Bender, Jean Higgins, Elizabeth Sarnoff, Paul Zbyszewski, Stephen Williams & Ra'uf Glasgow|
|2004||Lost||Best television programs||Won|
|2005||Lost||Best television programs||Won|
|2008||Lost||Best television programs||Won|
|2005||Lost||Outstanding Achievement in Drama||Won|
|Lost||Outstanding New Program||Won|
|Lost||Program of the Year||Nominated|
|2006||Lost||Outstanding Achievement in Drama||Won|
|Lost||Program of the Year||Nominated|
|2007||Lost||Program of the Year||Nominated|
|2008||Lost||Program of the Year||Nominated|
|Lost||Outstanding Achievement in Drama||Nominated|
|2009||Lost||Outstanding Achievement in Drama||Tie|
|Lost||Program of the Year||Nominated|
|2010||Lost||Outstanding Achievement in Drama||Won|
|2006||Lost||Dramatic Series||Won||J.J. Abrams, Kim Clements, Carlton Cuse, Leonard Dick, Paul Dini, Brent Fletcher, David Fury, Drew Goddard, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Adam Horowitz, Jennifer M. Johnson, Christina M. Kim, Edward Kitsis, Jeffrey Lieber, Damon Lindelof, Lynne E. Litt, Monica Macer, Steven Maeda, Elizabeth Sarnoff, Janet Tamaro, Christian Taylor and Craig Wright|
|2007||Lost||Dramatic Series||Nominated||J.J. Abrams, Monica Owusu-Breen, Carlton Cuse, Leonard Dick, Drew Goddard, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Adam Horowitz, Dawn Lambertsen-Kelly, Christina M. Kim, Edward Kitsis, Damon Lindelof, Steven Maeda, Jeff Pinkner, Matt Ragghianti, Elizabeth Sarnoff and Alison Schapker|
|2009||Lost||Dramatic Series||Nominated||Carlton Cuse, Drew Goddard, Adam Horowitz, Christina M. Kim, Edward Kitsis, Damon L. Lindelof, Greggory Nations, Kyle Pennington, Elizabeth Sarnoff and Brian K. Vaughan|
|2010||Lost||Dramatic Series||Nominated||Carlton Cuse, Adam Horowitz, Melinda Hsu Taylor, Edward Kitsis, Damon Lindelof, Greggory Nations, Kyle Pennington, Elizabeth Sarnoff, Brian K. Vaughan and Paul Zbyszewski|
|2004||Lost||Best Network Television Series||Won|
|2005||Lost||Best Network Television Series||Won|
|2006||Lost||Best Network Television Series||Nominated|
|2007||Lost||Best Network Television Series||Won|
|2009||Lost||Best Network Television Series||Won|
|2006||NAACP Image Awards||Lost||Outstanding Drama Series||Nominated|
|2007||BAFTA||Lost||Best International for: "Lost"||Won||J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse & Jack Bender|
|2009||Hugo||Lost||Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form for "The Constant"||Nominated|
|Jules Verne Award||Lost||Festival Award||Won|
|Peabody||Lost||"For rewriting the rules of television fiction.”||Won|
|People's Choice Awards||Lost||Favorite TV Drama||Nominated|
|Roma Fiction Fest||Lost||Special Award||Won|
|GQ||Lost||One of the 2009 Men of the Year||Won|
|2010||Time Magazine||Lost||100 Most Influential People in the World||Won|
Lost episodes (as writer)
- "Hearts and Minds" (1x13 with Javier Grillo-Marxuach)
- "Deus Ex Machina" (1x19 with Damon Lindelof)
- "Exodus" (1x23, 1x24, & 1x25 with Damon Lindelof)
- "...And Found" (2x05 with Damon Lindelof)
- "The Other 48 Days" (2x07 with Damon Lindelof)
- "The 23rd Psalm" (2x10 with Damon Lindelof)
- "One of Them" (2x14 with Damon Lindelof)
- "Lockdown" (2x17 with Damon Lindelof)
- "?" (2x21 with Damon Lindelof)
- "Live Together, Die Alone" (2x23 & 2x24 with Damon Lindelof)
- "Further Instructions" (3x03 with Elizabeth Sarnoff)
- "I Do" (3x06 with Damon Lindelof)
- "Not in Portland" (3x07 with Jeff Pinkner)
- "Enter 77" (3x11 with Damon Lindelof)
- "One of Us" (3x16 with Drew Goddard)
- "The Brig" (3x19 with Damon Lindelof)
- "Through the Looking Glass" (3x22 & 3x23 with Damon Lindelof)
- "The Beginning of the End" (4x01 with Damon Lindelof)
- "The Constant" (4x05 with Damon Lindelof)
- "There's No Place Like Home" (4x12, 4x13, & 4x14 with Damon Lindelof)
- "Because You Left" (5x01 with Damon Lindelof)
- "316" (5x06 with Damon Lindelof)
- "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham" (5x07 with Damon Lindelof)
- "Whatever Happened, Happened" (5x11 with Damon Lindelof)
- "The Incident" (5x16 & 5x17 with Damon Lindelof)
- "LA X" (6x01 & 6x02 with Damon Lindelof)
- "Lighthouse" (6x05 with Damon Lindelof)
- "Happily Ever After" (6x11 with Damon Lindelof)
- "Across the Sea" (6x15 with Damon Lindelof)
- "The End" (6x17 6x18 with Damon Lindelof)
- Amistad: Magazine of American Society of Mexico - Google Books
- Carlton Cuse | News | The Harvard Crimson
- Poniewozik, James (April 29, 2010). "Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof". The 2010 TIME 100—Artists (TIME). Retrieved 2014-03-28.
- Fox TV joins US networks to block Google TV By Maggie Shiels (2010). BBC.
- Interview with Carlton Cuse By Gregg Sutter (2010).
- Anglo-American directory of Mexico - Google Books
- "Nuptials In August For Nancy' Shumway". The New York Times. May 2, 1954.
- "The Vilcek Foundation Celebrates Lost". The Vilcek Foundation. p. 22. ISBN 9780615369174. Retrieved March 28, 2014.
- Five Down, No Glory: Frank G. Tinker, Merenary Ace in the Spanish Civil - R. Hall - Google Books
- I"LOST" AND FOUND By Tony Rossi (2008).
- Carlton Cuse By Reed B. Rayman, The Harvard Crimson (6/5/2006).
- 15 Questions with A. Carlton Cuse ’81 By TOBIAS S. STEIN and LOGAN R. URY. The Harvard Crimson, 3/4/2010.
- Carlton Cuse - Internet Movie Database
- Produced By - 2009 Conference Carlton Cuse Biography
- The long 'Lost' interview with Lindelof and Cuse, Part 2: The Squeakquel The Chicago Tribune, January 24, 2010
- 'Lost' soul mates By Bill Keveney, USA TODAY 10/4/2006.
- ABC: 'Lost' By Allison J. Waldman
- Transmedia Storytelling in Television 2.0 by Aaron Smith, THESIS FOR MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE, SPRING 2009
- Dharma Wants You Wins Primetime Creative Arts Emmy
- Lost and Heroes producers: Hollywood still trapped in the past
- Is Lost Here to Stay? by Michael Schneider, Variety, 1/8/2010
- A&E renewed the series for a third season which is set to premiere in 2015 Keck's Exclusives: Michael Vartan Checks in to Bates Motel - Today's News: Our Take | TVGuide.com
- Ng, Philiana (November 21, 2013). "FX's 'The Strain' Casts 'Harry Potter's' David Bradley to Replace John Hurt". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 22, 2013.
- ABC sets civil war skein, Carlton Cuse, Randall Wallace partner on history tale By Cynthia Littleton, Variety 11/22/2010
- Amazon Nears Pilot Order For Civil War Drama From Carlton Cuse & Randall Wallace By Nellie Andreva, Deadline 06/13/2014
- "Carlton Cuse and Gordon Ho Appointed to i.TV Advisory Board". i.TV Blog. September 13, 2012.
- TV Guide Awards Internet Movie Database.
- Primetime Emmys Database
- Hollywood Foreign Press Association
- TV Guide Awards
- Producers Guild of America Awards
- American Film Institute Awards
- Television Critics Association Awards
- "Writers Guild of America Award".
- The Saturn Awards
- NAACP Image Awards
- British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards
- The Hugo Awards
- The Jules Verne Festival website
- The Peabody Award Website
- People's Choice Awards
- Roma Fiction Fest
- JJ Abrams & Crew Named GQ Men of the Year
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