George Mastras George was nominated for an Emmy in 2010 for his work on Breaking Bad, as well as Writers Guild Awards in both 2008 and 2009. He won the 2009 PEN USA Literary Award in the category Best Teleplay for his episode entitled "Crazy Handful of Nothin'", and was nominated for an Edgar Allen Poe Award by the Mystery Writers Association of America for his episode entitled "Grilled." He is an alumnus of the competitive Disney-ABC Writing Fellowship for Drama.George Mastras has worked as a criminal investigator for the public defender service, a counselor at a juvenile correctional facility, and a litigator in New York and Los Angeles. After ten years of practicing law, he quit his job, sold his belongings, and spent several years backpacking around the globe and trekking in the Himalayas, Karakorams, and Hindu Kush. Since returning to the United States, he has worked as a screenwriter and has written for several television series, including currently the Emmy Award-winning drama "Breaking Bad." Born in Boston, George is a graduate of Yale, UCLA Law, and Outward Bound. He lives in San Gabriel Foothills outside Los Angeles.