Joel Surnow Net Worth is$80 Million
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Profession: Screenwriter, Television Producer
Date of Birth: Dec 18, 1955
Country: United States of America
Joel Surnow net worth: Joel Surnow is an American television writer who is responsible for some of the highest rated shows of the 80s, 90s and 00s and has a net worth of $80 million. Joel Surnow is perhaps most famous for being the co-creator of the popular action drama series, 24. Before writing for television, Surnow wrote for film soon after graduating from college. He got his big break when he was assigned as a writer for the 80's cult action show Miami Vice. He was eventually appointed as the supervising producer for another 80s classic show, The Equalizer. Surnow went on to become the co-creator and executive producer of 90s-00s cult action series La Femme Nikita. His most notable work was the award-winning cult TV series 24, Surnow was the co-creator and executive producer. Surnow received an Emmy award for best writing of the series. In 2008, Surnow stepped down as executive producer of 24 and created, The Half Hour News Hour. The comedy show was cancelled within six months due to poor ratings.
Joel Surnow is an American television writer and producer.
He is well known for being the co-creator of the action series La Femme Nikita and 24.
Joel Surnow is of Lithuanian descent. He was raised in Michigan, and later Los Angeles. Surnow attended the University of California, Berkeley for two years, and eventually graduated from UCLA film school in 1976.
Soon after graduation, he began writing for film; he then switched to television. His breakthrough came when he began writing for Miami Vice, in 1984. By the end of the year, Universal Studios, which owned the show, assigned Surnow to The Equalizer, as Supervising Producer, about a CIA officer turned vigilante.
He has five daughters, two from a previous marriage and three with his current wife.
Surnow was the co-creator and executive producer of the 1997-2001 television series La Femme Nikita, which was the top-rated drama on basic cable its first two seasons. In addition to being Supervising Producer and writing for The Equalizer and serving as executive story editor on the first season of Miami Vice, he has written scripts for a number of other TV series, including Nowhere Man and Wiseguy.
Following Le Femme Nikita, Surnow's most successful work was on the TV series 24, which he co-created and also executive produced with Robert Cochran. In 2006, 24 won Emmy awards for Outstanding Drama Series, accepted by Surnow and his fellow producers, including Robert Cochran, and Outstanding Lead Actor Kiefer Sutherland, who also won a Golden Globe. Surnow and Cochran had previously won an Emmy for 24 in 2002, for their writing of the series' pilot episode. Surnow quit his role as executive producer of the series on February 12, 2008.
Surnow also created The 1/2 Hour News Hour, a comedy show described by Surnow as "The Daily Show for conservatives,". The first episode aired on February 18, 2007, receiving historically poor reviews. Although the initial ratings were very good, subsequent ratings dropped

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Mipcom: Kiefer Sutherland on the Lessons of ’24′

Sutherland said he learnt a lot from “24.” “Joel Surnow, the creator of ’24,’ actually taught me something. The writers had all their offices on the second floor of the stage where we shot it. We never went up there and they never came down.
Posted: October 17, 2016, 10:58 am

'Kennedys' Producer Joel Surnow to Make Feature Directorial Debut with Drama 'Small Time' (Exclusive)

Joel Surnow, the co-creator of 24 and the man behind the Emmy-winning miniseries The Kennedys, is moving into features, tackling a passion project whose roots were planted more than 35 years ago. Surnow will direct Small Time, a semi-autobiographical indie ...
Posted: March 13, 2012, 7:34 pm

'24's’ Joel Surnow on Directorial Debut ‘Small Time:’ ‘Biggest Challenge Was Money’

Joel Surnow‘s directorial debut, “Small Time,” drives into select theaters Friday. The sweet, coming-of-age tale stars Christopher Meloni as a struggling car salesman and Devon Bostick as his son, who is eager to join the family business despite his ...
Posted: April 19, 2014, 12:51 am
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