Michael Piller is creator/executive producer of Star Trek: Voyager, produced by Paramount Network Television for broadcast on UPN. Piller is also creator/executive producer of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and from 1989 until its end in first-run syndication, served as executive producer of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
With Piller and executive producer Rick Berman at the helm of the series, Star Trek: The Next Generation became the first syndicated series in this decade to receive an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Drama. Also under the supervision of Piller and executive producer/creator Rick Berman, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine set ratings history when it became the highest-rated series premiere in syndication history.
An Emmy Award-winning journalist, Piller began his broadcasting career with CBS News in New York. He subsequently served as managing editor of the WBTV-TV News in Charlotte, North Carolina, and senior news producer at WBBM-TV, the CBS affiliate in Chicago.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his first position in entertainment television was as a censor in the CBS docudrama unit. Piller then spent two years as a programming executive before leaving CBS to write full-time.
Piller's credits as a writer-producer include the series Simon & Simon, Cagney & Lacey, Miami Vice, Probe, and Hard Time on Planet Earth. In addition, he co-created and executive produced the western adventure series Legend and the syndicated series Group One Medical.
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