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Brannon Braga
Brannon Braga
Birth name: Brannon Braga
Gender: Male
Date of birth: 14 August 1965
Place of birth: Bozeman, Montana, USA
Awards for Trek: 1 Emmy Award nomination
Hugo Awards, 1 win, 5 nominations
1 Saturn Award nomination
1 Universe Reader's Choice Award
Roles: Writer, producer
(TNG, VOY, ENT, 2 films)
Character(s): Nightclub patron (cameo)
...posing on the USS Enterprise-D bridge set during the production of TNG Season 4
...posing on the USS Enterprise-D bridge set during the production of TNG Season 4
Braga (2nd left) with (L-R) Ronald D. Moore, René Echevarria, and Naren Shankar, the 1992 TNG writing staff
Braga (2nd left) with (L-R) Ronald D. Moore, René Echevarria, and Naren Shankar, the 1992 TNG writing staff

Brannon Braga (born 14 August 1965; age 48) was a writer, producer and creator, sering as such on the spin-off television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise, as well as on the Star Trek movies Star Trek Generations and Star Trek: First Contact. Braga was recognized for his work on the Star Trek franchise with nine award nominations, winning two of them.

Klingon aria music sheet
The Klingon aria lyrics by Braga

A twenty-five year old youth, Brannon Braga started working on Star Trek in 1990 as a writer/producer on The Next Generation, it being his first professional employment within the motion picture industry. As a writer/producer on The Next Generation, he was responsible for some popular episodes including the series finale "All Good Things...". For this episode he won the Hugo Award for excellence in science fiction writing, along with Ronald D. Moore. He is a big fan of directors Roman Polanski and David Lynch and their way to create mysterious atmospheres. As a result he was very happy with the way the seventh season episode "Genesis" was brought up. (TNG Season 7 DVD-special feature, "Departmental Briefing Year Seven: Production") Braga also co-wrote the movies Generations (1994) and First Contact (1996). In all, he has written or co-written 106 Star Trek episodes, more than anyone else in the history of the franchise. For the sixth season episode "Birthright, Part II", Braga wrote the lyrics for the Klingon aria with music composed by Jay Chattaway.

Braga moved to Star Trek: Voyager as a producer, receiving a promotion to Co-Executive Producer in 1997 and a further promotion to Executive Producer in 1998 when Jeri Taylor retired. During his time on Star Trek: Voyager he entered into a relationship with Seven of Nine actress Jeri Ryan, which has since ended. After Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (the only spin-off television production Braga did not work on) finished its run, Braga immediately hired his Next Generation writing partner Moore for Voyager, but Moore resigned shortly afterward citing creative differences with Braga and the other Voyager writers and criticizing the lack of emphasis on continuity.

In 2000, Braga began work on Star Trek: Enterprise as the series' co-creator with Rick Berman (leaving Kenneth Biller to take over the production of Voyager), and had become Star Trek's "number two man" behind Berman. Braga and Berman had been rumored to have worked in the early stages on the 2009 movie, Star Trek, but Braga has since made it clear that his days with the Star Trek franchise were over.

His three main writing collaborators on the Star Trek franchise, in chronological order, were Ronald D. Moore, Joe Menosky, and Rick Berman, for the television properties The Next Generation, Voyager, and Enterprise respectively, while the first and the latter were his main writing collaborators for the movie properties Generations and First Contact.

Career outside Star Trek

Braga was born in Bozeman, Montana and during his stay on the Star Trek franchise has frequently slipped references to his place of birth into episodes and films he has written (see USS Bozeman, Eli Hollander, Gallatin). 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 is a big fan of directors Roman Polanski and David Lynch. (TNG Season 7 DVD-special feature, "Department Briefings - Year Seven")

During his stay on the Star Trek franchise, Brannon Braga made one contribution to a non-Star Trek production, when he co-wrote a first draft for the 2000 theatrical feature Mission: Impossible II, once again in collaboration with Ron D. Moore.

After his tenure on the Star Trek franchise ended, Braga worked on various other television projects. In 2005, he was the executive producer of the CBS science fiction series Threshold (co-starring Brent Spiner), which was canceled after 13 episodes (from which only 9 was aired). Braga also wrote the first two episodes of the series.

In 2009, Braga co-created the series FlashForward, where he also served as executive producer and wrote the first two episodes. In 2012, he served as executive producer and writer on Terra Nova, a science fiction action series. Both shows were canceled after one season, though FlashForward's episode "No More Good Days" netted him an additional 2010 Hugo Award nomination.

From 2009-2010, Braga worked on FOX's hit series 24, as a writer and Executive Producer, working alongside former Enterprise writer/producer Manny Coto on several scripts. He is also credited for the television film 24: Redemption as co-executive producer.

Braga's latest work is credited as Executive Producer and Director for the 2014 docu-series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a successor to Carl Sagan's 1980 series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. [1]

Writing credits

Producing credits

Acting appearance

Star Trek interviews

  • TNG Season 4 DVD special feature "Chronicles from the Final Frontier", interviewed on 15 November 2002
  • TNG Season 5 DVD special feature "Departmental Briefing Year Five" ("Cause and Effect"), interviewed on 15 November 2001
  • TNG Season 5 DVD special feature "Intergalactic Guest Stars" ("Crew Profile: Ensign Robin Lefler", "Profile: Captain Morgan Bateson"), interviewed on 15 November 2001
  • TNG Season 6 DVD special feature "Bold New Directions Year Six", interviewed on 15 November 2001
  • TNG Season 7 DVD special feature "Mission Overview Year Seven", interviewed on 15 November 2001
  • TNG Season 7 DVD special feature "Departmental Briefing Year Seven: Production" ("New Director, New Challenges", "Creating Parallel Worlds"), interviewed on 15 November 2001
  • TNG Season 7 DVD special feature "The Making of "All Good Things..." Year Seven" ("Writing The Final Episode"), interviewed on 15 November 2001

Star Trek awards

For his work on Star Trek Braga received the following awards and nominations in the various writing categories.

Emmy Award

Braga received the following Emmy Award nomination in the category "Outstanding Drama Series":

Hugo Awards

Braga received the following Hugo Award and nominations in the category Best Dramatic Presentation

Saturn Award

Braga received the following Saturn Award nomination in the category Best Writer

  • 1997 for the episode "All Good Things...", shared with Ron D. Moore

Universe Reader's Choice Award

Braga received the following Universe Reader's Choice Award in the category Best Writing for a Genre Motion Picture

  • 1995 for Star Trek Generations, shared with Ron D. Moore

See also

External links

References

  1. International Atheist Conference in Reykjavik Iceland June 24 & 25, 2006. Archive of speech at [X]wbm
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