Star Trek: Voyager

Creator/Executive Producer (Rick Berman) [b. December 25, 1945]

Rick Berman is creator/executive producer of UPN's "Star Trek: Voyager" and the long running syndicated series "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine." Additionally, he is currently producing and co-writing the ninth "Star Trek" feature film scheduled for release in November 1998. He was producer and co-writer of the feature films "Star Trek: Generations" and "Star Trek: First Contact," and former executive producer of "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

Berman served as executive producer on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" from its inception in 1987. Under his guidance, it became the first syndicated series in this decade to be nominated for an Emmy award for Outstanding Drama. With 55 Emmy nominations, it is among television's most nominated dramatic series of all time; it won 16 Emmy awards.

Berman joined the Paramount family in 1984 as director of current programming, overseeing "Cheers," "Family Ties" and "Webster." Within a year, he was named executive director of dramatic programming, overseeing the development of telefilms, miniseries and specials including "Space" and "Wallenberg: A Hero's Story" and the top-rated series "MacGyver." He was promoted in May 1986 to vice president, longform and special projects for Paramount Network Television, overseeing the development of telefilms, mini-series and specials. In 1987, he was selected by Gene Roddenberry to join him as he created "Star Trek: The Next Generation." In 1991, following Roddenberry's death, Berman took over the reins for "Star Trek."

Prior to joining Paramount, he was director of dramatic development for Warner Bros. Television. Berman was an independent producer on numerous projects from 1982-1984, including "What On Earth," an informational series for HBO and "The Primal Mind," a one-hour award-winning special for PBS. From 1977-1982, he was senior producer of "The Big Blue Marble," for which he won an Emmy award for Outstanding Children's Series.

Berman and Brannon Braga are executive producers of "Star Trek: Voyager." The series, based on Gene Roddenberry's "Star Trek," was created by Rick Berman, Michael Piller and Jeri Taylor. "Star Trek: Voyager" is a Paramount Network Television production for broadcast on UPN.


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