Carlton Cuse (born 22 March 1959) is an executive producer and screenwriter for the American television series Lost.
Although born in Mexico City, Mexico, Carlton Cuse grew up in Boston and Orange County, California. He was a student at The Putney School. He then attended Harvard University, graduating with a degree in American History. He was raised a Roman Catholic. He started his career in feature films working first as a development executive then formed a partnership with feature writer, Jeffrey Boam. Working with Boam, Cuse helped develop the films Lethal Weapon 2, Lethal Weapon 3 and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. In television, Mr. Cuse began his writing career on the Michael Mann series Crime Story. He co-created and executive produced the critically acclaimed FOX series The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. He created and executive produced all six seasons of Nash Bridges. He also created and executive produced the CBS series Martial Law starring Arsenio Hall and Sammo Hung Kam-Bo, and co-created and executive produced the short-lived series Black Sash on The WB.
He is an executive producer and the joint showrunner on Lost with Damon Lindelof. Cuse has won an Emmy, a Golden Globe, a Producers Guild Award, and a Writers Guild of America (WGA) Award for his work on the show. He has two other Emmy nominations as a writer for Lost episodes. Cuse and the Lost writing staff won the WGA Award for Best Dramatic Series at the February 2006 ceremony for their work on the first and second seasons. Cuse was nominated for the WGA Award for Best Dramatic Series a further three times; at the February 2007 ceremony for his work on the second and third seasons, at the February 2009 ceremony for his work on the fourth season and at the February 2010 ceremony for his work on the fifth season.