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Brannon Braga
Braga
Name Brannon Braga
Jobs Creator
Executive producer
Writer
Date of birth 14 August 1965
Bozeman, Montana
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Brannon Braga is a writer and executive producer for FlashForward. His previous work in science fiction includes a vast resume from the Star Trek franchise and the short-lived CBS series Threshold.

BiographyEdit

Braga was born on August 14, 1965, in Bozeman, Montana, and has frequently slipped references to his place of birth into episodes and films he has written. He studied Theater Arts and Filmmaking at Kent State University and The University of California. He received the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Writing Internship in 1990. An atheist, he has suggested Star Trek as an "atheistic mythology."[1] Braga received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Kent State University Stark in 2005.

Works on FlashForwardEdit

CareerEdit

Star Trek franchiseEdit

After a brief internship on the series, Braga started as a writer on Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1991. This began a fourteen year long career in Trek, gaining more and more creative input into the franchise. Altogether Braga has written more than 100 episodes of various Trek series, more than anyone else in history. Braga is considered responsible for keeping any gay characters from appearing in any Star Trek story lines.[2]

His first assignment had him paired with staff writer and future Battlestar Galactica (2003) creator Ronald D. Moore. This led to a staff position as a script-writer, resulting in credits for a number of popular episodes. He was once again paired up with Moore to pen the series finale "All Good Things...", which earned them a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation.

After The Next Generation concluded in 1994, Braga joined the creative staff on Star Trek: Voyager as a producer. Moore had joined the staff of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Despite working on two different series, the two collaborated on the first two Star Trek films featuring the Next Generation cast, Star Trek Generations (1994) and Star Trek: First Contact (1996).

When Deep Space Nine ended in 1999, Moore transferred over to the creative staff of Voyager as a co-executive producer, but quickly departed citing problems working with his old writing partner, Braga:

I have very hurt feelings about Brannon. What happened between he and I is just between he and I. It was a breakdown of trust. I would have quit any show where I was not allowed to participate in the process like that. I wasn’t allowed to participate in the process, and I wasn’t part of the show. I felt like I was freelancing my own show. ... I was very disappointed that my long-time friend and writing partner acted in that manner, that crossed lines to the point where I felt like I had to walk away from STAR TREK, which was something that meant a lot to me for a very long time, from my childhood right through my entire professional career.[3]

Moore and Braga eventually mended their friendship after the end of Voyager's run.

In 2000, Braga co-created the prequel series Star Trek: Enterprise with executive producer Rick Berman. It was at this point he was considered the "number-two man" in the Trek franchise behind Berman. He handed over the writing duties to Manny Coto after season three wrapped. Studio executives and fans alike were hopeful that the new blood would infuse new life into the series that had been trapped with issues inherent to prequels.

Enterprise was cancelled in 2005 after only four seasons, the shortest Trek run since Star Trek: The Original Series went off the air in 1969 after only three seasons. Braga's affiliation with Trek ended with the cancellation despite rumors that he and Berman had been working on what would eventually become Star Trek (2009).

ThresholdEdit

Before the cancellation of Enterprise, Braga started developing a new science fiction series for CBS called Threshold, which debuted in September 2005. Braga formed his own production company, Braga Productions, to facilitate this project. Set in the modern day, the series focuses on a group of experts who are investigating an alien craft discovered in the Atlantic Ocean. The series was first shown on Friday nights, but was moved to Tuesday in an attempt to improve its ratings. This effort did not succeed, and CBS cancelled the series on November 23, 2005.

Threshold was also produced by FlashForward creator David S. Goyer and Harry Potter producer David Heyman. Threshold did earn some good reviews during its run, including four out of four stars from 'USA Today'.[4]

24Edit

Brannon Braga also served as Executive Producer on the Fox Network real time action/drama series, 24. He worked on episodes 3, 6, 7, 10, 12, 13, 16, 18, 21, and 24 in season 7. He was also credited as co-executive producer on the television film 24: Redemption.

ReferencesEdit

  1. International Atheist Conference in Reykjavik Iceland June 24 & 25, 2006. Archive of speech at [1]
  2. GLB Star Trek: "Braga, Berman Still Don't Get It, Think Gay Characters Need Justification To Exist" [2]
  3. STAR TREK Profile: Fan-Writer-Producer Ronald D. Moore Part 1 Anna L. Kaplan. Mania (Cinescape). January 18, 2000. Retrieved 2005-10-20.
  4. Threshold is at home in alien territory. USA Today.

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