Joel Surnow is the co-creator of (with Robert Cochran) and a former executive producer and writer on 24. Politically, he is a conservative.
He previously worked with Brad Turner and Robert Cochran as the executive producer of La Femme Nikita and a writer of The Commish. Surnow has also worked as a staff writer for other popular series such as The Equalizer, Miami Vice, Nowhere Man, and Wiseguy. He was a writer on Special Unit 2 where he worked with Evan Katz, the creator of that show.
On February 13, 2008, Surnow announced that he planned to resign his position as producer of 24 to pursue other projects. While Surnow was creatively involved in the production of the first eight episodes of Season 7 produced before the WGA strike, he will have no involvement in the remaining sixteen episodes when they are filmed.