Naren Shankar

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Naren Shankar
Naren Shankar, November 2007
Born 1 April 1964 [1]

Naren Shankar, full name Narendra "Naren" Kanakaiah Shankar is an Indian American writer, producer and director of several television series. He served as co-showrunner on the long-running CBS crime drama CSI and Almost Human, among others. [2][3]As a writer and producer; Shankar has contributed with works for Farscape, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Night Visions, The Outer Limits, The Chronicle, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, seaQuest 2032, Grimm and Star Trek: Voyager.


After receiving B. Sc., M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Engineering, Physics and Electrical Engineering from Cornell University,[4] where he was a member of The Kappa Alpha Society, Naren joined the team behind Star Trek: The Next Generation. As a producer Shankar has worked with UC: Undercover and Farscape. He also contributed to Doom.


Star Trek[edit]

Naren joined the writing staff of Star Trek: The Next Generation as an intern during the latter half of the fourth season. He then wrote several episodes for The Next Generation and for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, as well as one first season episode for Star Trek: Voyager, and worked as science consultant during the shows sixth season and as story editor during the seventh season. Shankar also contributed to the video games Star Trek: The Next Generation - A Final Unity and Star Trek Generations.


He was the executive producer and writer of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation for eight years, followed by short stint in a similar capacity on Grimm. Shankar briefly served as co-executive producer and showrunner for Almost Human alongside creator J. H. Wyman before leaving the series.[5][6]

After his time on Star Trek, Shankar became an associate producer on during its final season and also wrote several episodes for the series. He then became a writer for The Outer Limits from 1997 through 1999, working with Harlan Ellison, among others, sharing with him a 2000 Writers Guild of Canada Award for the episode "The Human Operators". After stints as a writer and executive producer of the Sci-Fi Channel's Farscape and NBC's short-lived UC: Undercover, Shankar became a consulting producer and head writer on the hit CBS series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Between 2011 and 2012, Shankar joined the production team of the fantasy television series Grimm as writer and executive producer. Steve Oster worked as producer on this series and Barney Burman as special effects makeup designer and creator.

In 2013, Shankar was named executive producer for the futuristic television series Almost Human, produced by J.J. Abrams and starring Karl Urban, which was canceled after one season, before moving on as producer for the newly conceived 2015 science-fiction series, The Expanse.

Awards & Nominations[edit]

He has earned a number of award nominations for his work , including two, 2003 and 2004 Emmy Award for CSI, a 2005 PGA Award and a 2006 Writers Guild of America Award nominations, shared with his fellow producers. He served as executive producer on CSI until 2010, and continues to write for the series, including the Trek-spoofing episode "A Space Oddity" featuring Liz Vassey, Wallace Langham, Kate Vernon, and Ronald D. Moore. Shankar also made his directing debut with the tenth season episode "Working Stiffs" (2009) for which he also wrote the story. This episode features Trek alumni Wallace Langham, Liz Vassey, Tracy Middendorf, and Tom Virtue.


  1. ^ "Naren Shankar". Memory-Alpha. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Tsering, Lisa (June 18, 2014) [originally posted September 3, 2013]. "Naren Shankar Looks to the Future with ‘Almost Human’". Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 9, 2013). "‘Almost Human’ Co-Showrunner Naren Shankar Exits". Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
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  5. ^ Tsering, Lisa (2013-09-04). "Naren Shankar Looks to the Future with ‘Almost Human’". IndiaWest. Retrieved 2013-10-09. 
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2013-09-09). "‘Almost Human’ Co-Showrunner Naren Shankar Exits". Deadline Hollywood. PMC. Retrieved 2013-10-09. 

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