TV's Top 50 Showrunners 2010
The Atlanta-born Ball started out as a playwright before switching to sitcoms ("Cybill"), penning the Oscar-winning script for 1999's "American Beauty" and seguing to HBO's breakout drama "Six Feet Under." As his vampire saga wraps up its third season as HBO's top-rated series, Ball is working on the script for "All Signs of Death," a pilot for another HBO series, this one based on the Charlie Huston crime noir novel "The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death."
Favorite TV Moment: "The 'Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset' episode of 'South Park' [from 2004, spoofing Paris Hilton]. But the show that made me get off the couch and actually cry out was in 'Breaking Bad' when Hank successfully fended off the two drug lord assassins."
Big Break: "When Carolyn Strauss pitched the idea of 'Six Feet Under' to me and when HBO agreed to make it."