Brannon Braga (//; born August 14, 1965) is an American television producer, director and screenwriter. He served as an executive producer on the Fox primetime series, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a re-launch of the 1980 miniseries hosted by Carl Sagan for which Braga won a Peabody Award, Critics Choice Award, and Producers Guild Award. In addition, Braga has been nominated for three Emmy Awards. Braga also served as writer, executive producer, and co-creator of the drama series Salem, WGN America's first original series.
Braga at the WonderCon in April 2015.
|Born||August 14, 1965|
Bozeman, Montana, United States
|Occupation||Television producer, screenwriter|
Best known for his work in the Star Trek franchise, Braga was a key creative force behind three of the franchise's five modern series. He later became an executive producer and writer on several Fox shows including 24, Terra Nova, and The Orville. His film credits include Mission: Impossible 2, Star Trek Generations and Star Trek: First Contact.
Braga started out as an intern on Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1990, eventually becoming an executive producer. He was part of the creative team nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in 1994 for Outstanding Drama Series, and won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation in 1995 for his work on the series finale, "All Good Things..." along with longtime collaborator Ronald D. Moore. His credits on that series include a number of popular episodes including "Cause and Effect", "Frame of Mind" and "Parallels".
He then joined Star Trek: Voyager as a producer and was tapped to serve as executive producer the following year. He served as showrunner for Voyager until the end of the sixth season when he moved to Star Trek: Enterprise. He teamed up with Moore to write two Star Trek feature films – Star Trek Generations and Star Trek: First Contact. They would also later develop the Mission: Impossible 2 screenplay. He went on to co-create Star Trek: Enterprise and led that series as executive producer until its fourth and final season.
Before the cancellation of Star Trek: Enterprise Braga co-created the CBS science fiction drama series Threshold, he was brought on as an executive producer and writer on the Fox series, 24, penning episodes in the seventh and eight seasons. He was also an executive producer and writer on the 2009 ABC science fiction series FlashForward.
While at the helm of Terra Nova, Braga was approached to co-write a four-part comic book series Star Trek: The Next Generation: Hive for IDW, which made its debut in 2012.
Braga was the producer and one of the directors of the 2014 science education series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a sequel to the 1980 series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage that was hosted by Carl Sagan. The project saw Braga collaborating with the original series' writer and Sagan's widow, Ann Druyan, executive producer Seth MacFarlane and host Neil DeGrasse Tyson. The 13-episode series premiered March 9, 2014, and received mostly positive reaction from critics and viewers. Braga was nominated for an Emmy for his work on the show. The following month saw the premiere of the historical fantasy drama television series Salem, which Braga co-created with Adam Simon, and on which he serves as one of the executive producers. in 2014, he directed the Marilyn Manson music video "Cupid Carries a Gun" off The Pale Emperor album.
During production of Star Trek: Voyager, Braga dated star Jeri Ryan for a couple of years after she joined the cast in the fourth season. Between February and November 2000, they were stalked by Marlon Estacio Pagtakhan, who was convicted for harassment and threats in May 2001.
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