Carlton Cuse is the showrunner, writer and executive producer of The Strain. Cuse is also currently co-creator, showrunner, writer and executive producer of Bates Motel.

Cuse previously served as the showrunner, executive producer and head writer for all six seasons of the TV series Lost with Damon Lindelof. In addition, he pioneered the development of transmedia content for network television series. Cuse's other television credits include creating the shows, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., Nash Bridges, and Martial Law. Among his honors, Cuse has won a Peabody Award, a Golden Globe®, two Emmys® and has 10 Emmy® nominations. In 2010, he was named to Time Magazine's list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.