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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'24' creator Joel Surnow's film debut focuses on dad's car lot

LOS ANGELES – He may have brought to life one of the most successful, action-driven television shows in small screen history, but “24” co-creator Joel Surnow ditched the Hollywood money game to make his first feature film “Small Time.” “I made ...
Posted: April 9, 2014, 7:30 am

Producer Joel Surnow Says 'Kennedys' Was Nearly Killed Because of His Political Views (Exclusive)

The most radioactive miniseries ever made airs on April 3 on ReelzChannel. Now producer Joel Surnow, a rare Hollywood conservative, asks THR magazine: "If Tom Hanks ... did this show, would there be a problem?" The following story appears in the upcoming ...
Posted: March 22, 2011, 7:07 pm

24 comeback is officially in the works — but possibly without Jack Bauer's CTU

Because 24: Legacy stalled in the ratings during its run, producers Howard Gordon, Brian Grazer and Joel Surnow are now working on another reboot that won't even necessarily include a CTU or terrorist threat. "We are really exploring what the future ...
Posted: August 9, 2017, 12:17 pm

Christopher Meloni and Writer/Director Joel Surnow Talk SMALL TIME, Returning to a Script from 1976, Casting Process, SIN CITY 2, and SURVIVING JACK

Check out what they had to say after the jump. Collider: Joel, how crazy is it to make this film, so much years after you wrote it? JOEL SURNOW: Really crazy! Small Time was almost a character in my life for 35 years. The story is complicated ...
Posted: April 18, 2014, 5:04 pm

The Next Version of 24 Probably Won't Involve the CTU or Terrorism

Walden said Fox execs have been meeting with 24 producers Howard Gordon, Joel Surnow and Brian Grazer, and they already have "a really exciting idea that I thought was very compelling."
Posted: August 8, 2017, 1:14 pm
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