David Hudgins

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David Hudgins
Born 1965
Durham, North Carolina
Alma mater Duke University
Occupation Television writer and producer

David Hudgins (born 1965 in Durham, North Carolina), is a television writer and showrunner. He has worked on Everwood, Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, and Shuteye. He created the drama series Past Life and Game of Silence.


Hudgins is a graduate of St. Mark's School of Texas, Duke University and the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University. He practiced law in Dallas, Texas before moving to Los Angeles, California to become a screenwriter. In 2003, Hudgins began his career as a staff writer on Warner Bros. Television show Everwood, where he worked for three years until the show's cancellation in May 2006. He rose to the position of co-producer and wrote eleven episodes over the course of three seasons, including the series finale "Foreverwood, Pt. II".

In 2006, Hudgins moved to the NBC show Friday Night Lights as a writer and Supervising Producer, writing the episodes "Homecoming", "Upping The Ante", and "Mud Bowl". He was nominated along with the rest of the show's writing staff for a Writers Guild of America Award for Best New Series at the February 2007 ceremony for his work on the first season of Friday Night Lights. He was nominated for the WGA Award for Best Dramatic Series the following year at the February 2008 ceremony for his work on the second season of Friday Night Lights.[1][2][3] He was nominated for Best Dramatic Series a second time at the February 2009 ceremony for his work on the third season of Friday Night Lights.[4] He was nominated for the WGA Award for Best Drama Series for the third consecutive year at the February 2010 ceremony for his work on the fourth season.[5] He also won a Peabody Award for Excellence in Television in 2011 [6] and in Season 5, when he was Co-Showrunner, Friday Night Lights was nominated for an Emmy for Best Drama Series. [7]

In 2010, Hudgins created the drama series Past Life which aired on Fox. Past Life.[8] In fall 2010 he joined the staff of the NBC drama series Parenthood as executive producer and writer. The series was created by his Friday Night Lights executive producer Jason Katims.

In 2012 Hudgins renewed his overall deal with NBC Universal Television. [9] In 2014 he signed a new overall deal and moved to Sony Pictures Television where he currently works. [10] In his first two years at Sony, Hudgins created and ran the drama series Game of Silence which aired on NBC. Carol Mendelsohn was his fellow executive producer. [11] He also signed a deal to develop Greg Iles' bestselling novel Natchez Burning into a television series for Amazon, with Tobey Maguire attached as executive producer. [12]

In 2016 Hudgins was executive producer and showrunner of the first season of the drama series Shuteye, which aired on Hulu. The show was renewed for a second season but Hudgins stepped down to focus on other projects. [13]

Hudgins has stated that he was inspired to quit the practice of law and try screenwriting by the 2001 death of his older sister from breast cancer.[14] In 2013 he founded The Catherine H. Tuck Foundation in her honor. He is President of the charity which provides financial assistance to women in need who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. [15]

Hudgins is a frequent guest speaker [16], and delivered the keynote address at The Presbyterian HealthCare Foundation's "Each Moment Matters" luncheon that celebrated the opening of the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Dallas, Texas.[17]

Hudgins is a member of the Advisory Council for The Humanitas Prize, which recognizes excellence in writing for both film and television. He has twice served as emcee of The Humanitas Awards ceremony, held annually in Los Angeles. [18] He is also on the Advisory Board of the Austin Television Festival ("ATX") and has been a recurring moderator and panelist. [19]

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  1. ^ "2008 Writers Guild Awards Television & Radio Nominees Announced". WGA. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-12-19. Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  2. ^ Perry, Byron (2007-12-12). "WGA announce TV, radio nominees". Variety. Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  3. ^ "HBO tops WGA awards list with five noms". The Hollywood Reporter. 2007. Archived from the original on 2008-07-06. Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  4. ^ "2009 Writers Guild Awards Television, Radio, News, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation Nominees Announced". WGA. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-12-12. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  5. ^ Gregg Mitchell & Sherry Goldman (2009). "2010 Writers Guild Awards Television, Radio, News, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation Nominees Announced". Writers Guild of America. Archived from the original on May 25, 2012. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  6. ^ http://www.accesshollywood.com/articles/friday-night-lights-hbo-doc-ed-bradley-win-peabody-awards-58828/
  7. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/emmy-nominations-2011-full-list-211331
  8. ^ Littleton, Cynthia; Michael Schneider (May 14, 2009). "Fox adds 'Life' to 2009-10 schedule". Variety. 
  9. ^ https://www.yahoo.com/tv/david-hudgins-inks-deal-universal-tv-173327680.html
  10. ^ https://www.yahoo.com/tv/david-hudgins-inks-deal-universal-tv-173327680.html
  11. ^ http://deadline.com/2014/09/carol-mendelsohn-david-hudgins-game-of-silence-turkish-format-nbc-production-commitment-831566/
  12. ^ http://deadline.com/2014/09/carol-mendelsohn-david-hudgins-game-of-silence-turkish-format-nbc-production-commitment-831566/
  13. ^ http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/shut-eye-season-2-hulu-1202012602/
  14. ^ http://www.epiphanychannel.com/people/david-hudgins/
  15. ^ https://catherinefund.org/
  16. ^ http://wmeimgspeakers.com/speaker/david-hudgins
  17. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZGMDwXebBs&t=11s
  18. ^ http://humanitasprize.org/awards/advisory-council/
  19. ^ http://atxfestival.com/about/advisory-board/

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