David W. Zucker

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David W. Zucker

David W. Zucker is a television executive. He is currently President of Television for Scott Free Productions. He is the executive producer of the television adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s book The Man in the High Castle for Amazon, the spin-off show The Good Fight for CBS, the AMC horror anthology series The Terror, the CBS drama Strange Angel, and the FOX television adaptation of The Passage, Justin Cronin’s fantasy book trilogy. Forthcoming projects include the National Geographic limited series The Hot Zone, based on the Richard Preston book and starring Julianna Margulies. Production is also underway on a flagship TNT sci-fi series, Raised by Wolves, the first-ever to be helmed by Ridley Scott, a drama about androids raising human children in an outer space colony.

During Zucker's tenure, Scott Free has produced several programs including the Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated, Peabody-winning drama, The Good Wife; the crime drama Numb3rs; the summertime satire series BrainDead on CBS; the Civil War medical drama Mercy Street on PBS; and the Amazon half-hour action-comedy starring Jean-Claude Van Damme as Jean-Claude Van Johnson. Notable long-form programs include the Emmy-nominated National Geographic Channel series of Killing telefilms (which include Killing Reagan, Killing Jesus, Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln), Klondike for Discovery Channel, the Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated The Pillars of the Earth for Starz, World Without End for Reelz, the Emmy-nominated Into the Storm for HBO, the Emmy-nominated The Andromeda Strain and Coma for A&E, the Golden Globe-nominated The Company at TNT, and a feature-length digital series for Xbox/Microsoft, Halo: Nightfall. Scott Free also produced non-fiction programs including Crimes of the Century and the Emmy-winning documentary special Gettysburg for the History Channel. Previously, Zucker worked as a story editor on the CBS television series Judging Amy, wrote pilot scripts for CBS and ABC, as well as various stage plays. Zucker served as Vice President of Drama Series for CBS and Vice President of Drama Series and Current Programs at Warner Bros. Television.


The Passage (pilot)[1] Executive producer 2017
Perfect Citizen (pilot)[2] Executive producer 2017
3001: The Final Odyssey[3] Executive producer Unknown
The Terror (pilot)[4] Executive producer 2017
Jean-Claude Van Johnson[5] Executive producer 2017
The Good Fight[6] Executive producer 2017
Mercy Street[7] Executive producer 2015–2017
The Man in the High Castle Executive producer 2015–2017
Killing Reagan Executive producer 2016
BrainDead Executive producer 2016
Killing Jesus Executive producer 2015
The Good Wife Executive producer 2009–2015
Halo: Nightfall Executive producer 2014
Klondike Executive producer 2014
The Vatican (pilot) Executive producer 2014
Killing Kennedy Executive producer 2013
Crimes of the Century Executive producer 2013
Killing Lincoln Executive producer 2013
World Without End Executive producer 2012
Coma Executive producer 2012
Prophets of Science Fiction Executive producer 2011–2012
Gettysburg Executive producer 2011
The Pillars of the Earth Executive producer 2010
The Real Robin Hood Executive producer 2010
Nomads (pilot) Executive producer 2010
NUMB3RS Executive producer 2005–2010
Into the Storm Executive producer 2009
The Andromeda Strain Executive producer 2008
The Company Co-executive producer 2007
Law Dogs (pilot) Executive producer 2007
Orpheus (pilot) Executive producer 2006
Judging Amy Writer - 2 episodes 1999


Awards and Achievements[edit]

During his tenure, Scott Free has produced a steady stream of acclaimed programs including Starz's eight-hour limited series, Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth, an Emmy and Golden Globe nominee, starring Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell and Donald Sutherland; and the subsequent World Without End, featuring Cynthia Nixon and Ben Chaplin for Reelz, which won one of two Emmy nominations;[9] HBO's Into the Storm, an Emmy winning sequel to the Emmy-winning telefilm, The Gathering Storm;[10] for A&E, the Emmy-nominated mini-series, Michael Crichton's The Andromeda Strain, starring Benjamin Bratt;[11] and Robin Cook's WGA-nominated medical thriller, Coma, with Geena Davis, James Woods, Richard Dreyfus, and Ellen Burstyn.[12] TNT's six-hour spy thriller, The Company, was a Golden Globe nominee, with Michael Keaton and Alfred Molina.[13] CBS's political drama The Good Wife has received a Peabody award and has been nominated for two Golden Globe awards.

In the non-fiction arena, two broadcasts in 2013, adaptations of Bill O’Reilly's books Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln both delivered record ratings for National Geographic channel, while the documentary series, Crimes of the Century was featured on CNN. Also notable, the Emmy-winning documentary special, Gettysburg, was produced for the History Channel.[14]


  1. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (11 November 2016). "Fox Nabs 'The Passage' Vampire Drama From Liz Heldens, Matt Reeves & Scott Free With Big Commitment". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (22 September 2016). "CBS Buys Legal Drama 'Perfect Citizen' From 'The Good Wife' EP Craig Turk". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  3. ^ Michael Ausiello. "Scoop: 2001: A Space Odyssey Sequel Blasts Off at Syfy". Retrieved 3 Nov 2014.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2 March 2016). "AMC Orders 'The Terror' Anthology Drama Series From Scott Free". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  5. ^ Petski, Denise (27 September 2016). "'I Love Dick', 'Jean-Claude Van Johnson' & 'The Tick' Picked Up To Series By Amazon". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  6. ^ Baranski, Christine; Bartha, Justin; Jumbo, Cush; Leslie, Rose (2017-02-19), The Good Fight, retrieved 2017-03-21
  7. ^ "Mercy Street (TV Series 2016–2017)". IMDb. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  8. ^ "David W. Zucker". IMDb. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  9. ^ "World Without End". IMDb. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Into the Storm". IMDb. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  11. ^ "The Andromeda Strain". IMDb. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Coma". IMDb. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  13. ^ "The Company". IMDb. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  14. ^ "Gettysburg". IMDb. Retrieved 9 September 2018.