‘Breaking Bad’ creator to speak at UF Nov. 12
GAINESVILLE, Fla.Â — ACCENT Speakers Bureau at the University of Florida will bring Vince Gilligan, the creator and executive producer of AMCâ€™s â€śBreaking Bad,â€ť to campus Nov. 12.
Gilligan is the man behind the Emmy Award-winning crime drama that the Guinness Book of World Records has called the highest-rated show of all time. Premiering in January 2008, the show follows a high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with lung cancer who turns to producing and selling meth to secure his familyâ€™s future.
The September 2013 series finale hadÂ 10.3 million viewers.
Gilligan received the 2008 Writers Guild for Episodic Drama and accepted a Peabody Award to honor the showâ€™s first season. The American Film Institute named â€śBreaking Badâ€ť one of the best shows of 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Before â€śBreaking Bad,â€ť Gilligan worked as a writer and executive producer on â€śThe X- Files,â€ť sharingÂ Golden Globe Awards in 1996 and 1997 for Best Dramatic Series. He co-created Fox Televisionâ€™s â€śThe Lone Gunmenâ€ť and wrote the films â€śWilder Napalmâ€ť and â€śHome Fries.â€ť
Gilligan will be discussing “Breaking Bad” and his life as a writer and show creator. The program starts at 8 p.m. at theÂ PhillipsÂ Center for the PerformingÂ Arts. Doors open at 7 p.m., and admission is free and open to the public.
Student ticketsÂ will be available for pickup at the Phillips Center Box Office at noonÂ Nov. 11, the day before the show. If there are any tickets remaining they will be available to the general public at 5 p.m.Â Nov.Â 12. Photography is not allowed during the program, but press may record and photograph during the first five minutes of remarks.
For persons with disabilities requiring special accommodations,Â emailÂ firstname.lastname@example.orgÂ at least 72 hours prior to the event.