BIOGRAPHY - RICK BERMAN, Co-Creator / Executive Producer
Rick Berman serves as co-creator/executive producer of Paramount Network Television's STAR TREK: VOYAGER and the nationally syndicated "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine." Additionally, he recently produced and co-wrote the ninth "Star Trek" feature film entitled "Star Trek: Insurrection," released in late 1998. He was producer and co-story writer of the feature films "Star Trek: Generations" (1994) and "Star Trek: First Contact," (1996) and served as executive producer of the syndicated series "Star Trek: The Next Generation."
Berman served as an executive producer of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" from its inception in 1987. Under his guidance, "The Next Generation" became the first syndicated series in history to be nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama. With 55 Emmy nominations, the series remains among the most-nominated dramatic series of all time, winning 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 vice president of dramatic programming, overseeing the development of the epic mini-series "Space," "Wallenberg: A Hero's Story" and ABC's top-rated "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 reigns 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 for Outstanding Children's Series