Timothy "Tim" P. Minear is an American screenwriter and director. He has been nominated for two Emmy Awards (2013, 2014) for his role as an executive producer on American Horror Story.

He is co-running the FX anthology drama series, Feud, alongside Ryan Murphy.

Early Life

Minear was born on October 29, 1963 in New York City. He later moved and grew up in Whittier, California, where he began creating super 8 movies in his backyard at the age of nine. He studied film at California State University, Long Beach.


At just 23-years-old, Minear began working side-by-side with Oliver Stone as an (uncredited) assistant director on Platoon (1986), and later wrote episodes for several television series including The X-Files, Zorro, and Lois and Clark. His budding career consisted of mostly short-lived television series, including Firefly (2002-2003), Wonderfalls (2004), The Inside (2005), Dollhouse (2009-2010), and Terriers (2010). The most successful of his early shows was Angel (1999-2004), for which he wrote, directed, and executive produced several episodes.

Minear had another series, Drive, airing on Fox in April 2007. However, it was cancelled by the network after only four episodes. Drive was set to return with two additional episodes on July 4, 2007, but these were rescheduled to July 13 and then cancelled. This continued Minear's tradition of short-lived work.

In 2011, he began working for American Horror Story, joining the first season as a consulting producer and serving as an executive producer since Season 2. He has produced over 60 episodes and was nominated for two Emmy Awards for his work on the show. He is currently serving as executive producer for Ryan Murphy's drama anthology series, Feud.



Year Title Role Notes
1985 Re-Animator Assistant Director
1986 Platoon Assistant Director Uncredited
1986 The Men's Club Production Assistant
1987 Dudes Assistant Director
1990 Diggin' Up Business Writer
1993 Eye of the Stranger Creative Consultant
1994 The Paper Boy Development Consultant


Year Title Role Notes
1990-1992 Zorro Writer,
4 episodes
1994 Robin's Hoods Story Editor
1994-1995 High Tide Writer,
Story Editor,
5 episodes
1996 Two Writer Episode: "Many Happy Returns"
1996-1997 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Writer,
Executive Story Editor
25 episodes
1997 Ghost Stories Writer 2 episodes
1997-1998 The X-Files Writer,
Executive Story Editor
20 episodes
1998 The Perfect Getaway Writer TV Movie
1999-2002 Strange World Writer,
13 episodes
1999-2003 Angel Producer,
88 episodes
2002-2003 Firefly Executive Producer,
14 episodes
2004 Wonderfalls Executive Producer,
14 episodes
2005 The Inside Creator,
Executive Producer,
Upcoming series
2006-2007 Standoff Consulting Producer 5 episodes
2007 Drive Creator,
Executive Producer,
7 episodes
2007-2008 K-Ville Consulting Producer 6 episodes
2009-2010 Dollhouse Executive Producer,
27 episodes
2010 Terriers Executive Producer,
12 episodes
2011 The Chicago Code Executive Producer,
12 episodes
2011-2016 American Horror Story Executive Producer,
72 episodes
2017 Feud Executive Producer 8 episodes



  • He worked on so many short-lived series, that when he signed up for a Twitter account, he chose @CancelledAgain as his handle.
  • In 2001, he signed a seven-figure deal with 20th Century Fox to continue working on Angel as a writer and producer.

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