Gregory Nicotero (born March 15, 1963) is an American special effects creator and actor. In 1988, along with Robert Kurtzman and Howard Berger, he formed KNB Efx Group, a special effects studio which has gone on to work on over 400 film and television projects. KNB has won numerous awards, including an Emmy Award in 2001 for their work on the 2000 Sci Fi Channel miniseries Frank Herbert's Dune and they were awarded an Academy Award in 2006 for achievement in makeup for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Nicotero claims he began taking an interest in special effects after viewing the film Jaws. He explains, "I kept thinking "How the fuck did they do that? How’d they build a big giant shark that could eat people?!" So, between that movie, The Exorcist, Planet of the Apes, and of course all of the Universal horror movies [...] I think Jaws and then later Dawn of the Dead were pretty much the two movies that did it for me."Nicotero began his career working in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, learning the trade of special effects from Tom Savini, an award-winning special effects and makeup artist, and helping on films by director George A. Romero. While working on the 1985 Romero film Day of the Dead, he met Howard Berger, who would become one of his partners at KNB EFX Group. Nicotero relocated to Hollywood and moved in with Berger and Bob Kurtzman. He worked as FX artist on the 2010 film Predators and created a classic predator figure for the film. He worked on the special effects for the upcoming TV series The Walking Dead and narrated the film on the San Diego Comic-Con International.
You never know whom you might spot when visiting Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights. Just the other day, cast members of The Walking Dead were spotted braving The Walking Dead: Dead Inside maze. And we have the pictures to prove they survived. Check it out as Chandler Riggs, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, and executive producer Greg Nicotero attempt to make it out alive!
The Walking Dead Season 3 debuts this weekend, only on AMC.Read More
While Philip Blake, aka The Governor, is a major player in The Walking Dead comic book series, fans will have to wait until The Walking Dead Season 3 to see him take shape as a living human being. We recently caught up with Sex Machine Tom Savini, who revealed some interesting information about the casting of this important, though yet unseen, character.
As the actor describes it, he has been campaigning for the role of The Governor himself, telling executive producer and longtime friend Greg Nicotero that he was tailor made for the role. And it's true. The character in the graphic novel does look suspiciously like Tom Savini, who famously slaughtered zombies in the original 1978 Dawn Of The Dead, and then went onto direct a pretty good remake of Night of the Living Dead.Read More
AMC has launched a new web series that ties directly into their hit The Walking Dead, which returns for Season 2 on October 16th with What Lies Ahead. Directed by FX legend and new executive producer Greg Nicotero, The Walking Dead Webisodes revolve around the zombification of 'bicycle girl', the half-zombie that Rick (Andrew Lincoln) shoots in the head during Season 1's Days Gone Bye. Each installment focuses on Hannah's (Lilli Birdsell) life and struggles as the zombie apocalypse explodes around her. To watch all six episodes in this clever spin-off of The Walking Dead, click on the clips below.Read More
AMC announced today that Emmy Award-winning make-up effects artist Greg Nicotero has been a named co-executive producer of The Walking Dead. Nicotero has also inked a first-look deal with the network, which gives him the opportunity to bring his own passion projects to AMC. At Saturday's Creative Arts Emmy Awards, Nicotero won Best Prosthetic Make-up for AMC's The Walking Dead. Nicotero directs a series of webisodes this season and is also set to direct an episode.
Nicotero, who co-owns KNB EFX Group, one of Hollywood's most successful Make-up Effects Studios, premiered his film The United Monster Talent Agency on AMC'S Fearfest last Halloween. He began his career on Day Of The Dead in 1985 and as of this year has been involved in nearly 800 feature films including those of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. He is repped by Ken Linzer, UTA and Chris Pollack at Generate.Read More
AMC has unveiled a second photo of some 'walkers' from season 2 of The Walking Dead, snapped by none other than makeup FX extraordinaire, Greg Nicotero himself. Check it out below.
The Walking Dead comes back to AMC this Fall. While a stateside premiere for Season 2 hasn't been announced, the popular series will begin airing October 21st in German. You can expect it to hit the U.S. roughly around the same time.Read More
In anticipation of the premiere of AMC's new drama series, The Walking Dead, on Sunday October 31 at 10 p.m., AMC and FOX international networks plan to stage a worldwide zombie invasion stunt. The Walking Dead's international broadcaster, Fox International Channels (FIC), will kick-off the stunts with overseas invasions beginning at daybreak in Taipei and Hong Kong on Tuesday, October 26, and moving across the globe where the stunt culminates at the show's Los Angeles premiere.
A week prior to the unprecedented global premiere of the show, AMC and FIC have planned to target one day multi-city events that will occur during morning commute peak hours. Taking direction from The Walking Dead's legendary make-up artist Gregory Nicotero, hundreds of zombies will consecutively take over major cities worldwide during a 24-hour period. The planned global outbreaks will center in and around the world's major landmarks, including the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., Big Ben in London, the Prado Museum in Madrid, the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, the Acropolis in Athens and more. They will begin at daybreak in Taipei and Hong Kong, followed by Istanbul, Madrid, Munich, London, Sao Paolo, Buenos Aires, New York City and Los Angeles, among others. Attacking a total of 26 cities, each outbreak will be documented and shared with fans the world over as it happens.Read More