Ira Steven Behr is executive producer of STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE. Previously a co-executive producer, Behr has served as an integral creative force on the show since it's inception in 1993.
A graduate of Lehman College in New York City, Behr studied Mass Communications and Theater, and was offered a playwriting scholarship at Brandeis University. After he turned down the scholarship, Behr moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in writing comedies for television and film.
Instead of comedies, Behr made his mark in television dramas. His first job as a television writer was for the James Garner television series "Bret Maverick," and he later served as story editor for the series "Jessica Novack." Behr's credits as a writer/producer include the series "Fame," "Once a Hero," and "Bronx Zoo."
After joining "Star Trek: The Next Generation" as a producer during the third season, Behr left the series to pursue screenwriting. Three of the feature films written during this period are currently in development.
Behr returned in 1993 as a supervising producer for the pilot of STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE and became a co-executive producer in the third season. His diverse talents and experiences as a writer have led him to his current position as executive producer. Behr played a key role in the development of the popular alien race, the Ferengi, on STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE. He wrote the book The Rules of Acquisition, published by Pocket Books, which is a humorous compilation of the guiding tenets of Ferengi culture.
Rick Berman and Ira Steven Behr are executive producers of STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE, based on "Star Trek" created by Gene Roddenberry; it was created by Rick Berman & Michael Piller. STAR TREK: