Thomas Schnauz

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Thomas Schnauz
Born New Jersey, United States
Alma mater Tisch School of Arts
Occupation Television producer, television writer
Years active 2001–2017

Thomas Schnauz is an American television producer and television writer. His credits include The X-Files, The Lone Gunmen, Night Stalker, Reaper, Breaking Bad, and Better Call Saul.

Personal life[edit]

Schnauz was born in New Jersey.[1] He attended New York University's Tisch School of Arts, where he first met fellow student Vince Gilligan.[1] Schnauz graduated Tisch in 1988.[2]


Schnauz started his career in various production jobs. His first screenplay was called "Spirits in Passing". He eventually joined Vince Gilligan on the writing staffs of The X-Files and its spinoff show, The Lone Gunmen.[1] He also co-wrote the screenplays for the 2008 film Otis and the 2008 television film Infected. In 2010, he re-teamed with Gilligan on Breaking Bad, where he remained through the show's 2013 conclusion.

Currently, Schnauz serves as co-executive producer on the TV series Better Call Saul[3] and has written and/or directed a number of its episodes including "Pimento", the penultimate episode of the show's first season, which received critical acclaim.[4][5] In April 2015, it was reported that he had been tapped to write the screenplay for "a revisionist take" on Jack and the Beanstalk, also to be produced by Vince Gilligan.[6]

Awards and nominations[edit]

He won two Writers Guild of America Awards for his work on Breaking Bad as a part of the writing team in 2012[7] and 2013.[8] He was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series for the 2012 Breaking Bad episode "Say My Name".[9]


  1. ^ a b c "The Writers Room cast members". Sundance TV. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
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  3. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (December 20, 2013). "‘Breaking Bad’ Writers Join ‘Better Call Saul’ Staff". Variety. Retrieved February 18, 2015. 
  4. ^ Bowman, Donna (30 March 2015). "Better Call Saul: 'Pimento'". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  5. ^ Sepinwall, Alan (30 March 2015). "'Better Call Saul' - 'Pimento': Shut the door, have a seat". HitFix. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  6. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (22 April 2015). "Disney, ' Breaking Bad' Creator Vince Gilligan Taking Another Whack At Jack And The Beanstalk". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  7. ^ 2012 Nominees & Winners, Writers Guild Awards - Writers Guild of America, West
  8. ^ 2013 Nominees & Winners, Writers Guild Awards - Writers Guild of America, West
  9. ^ "65th Primetime Emmys Nominees and Winners". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 

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