Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Robert Hewitt Wolfe is an American television producer and screenwriter. He is known for his work as a writer on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and for developing and producing the series Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda. As of 2005[update], he lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Celeste, and dogs, Tonka and Wolfe.
Star Trek work
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Wolfe's career was stalled for five years until he sold the story for "A Fistful of Datas" to the series Star Trek: The Next Generation. His writing of the screenplay for the episode secured him a place in the creative staff of the series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, that made its debut in the following year.
Wolfe worked on DS9 for five years, under the supervision of showrunners Michael Piller and Ira Steven Behr. During this time, he wrote or co-wrote over thirty episodes. These include action-packed episodes with high story-arc importance ("The Way of the Warrior", "Call to Arms"), dramatic character studies ("The Wire", "Hard Time") and even comic farces ("Family Business", "Little Green Men").
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In the period that followed his departure from Deep Space Nine, Wolfe made several attempts at writing television pilots. One of these, Futuresport, was produced as an ABC TV movie starring Dean Cain and Wesley Snipes. He has also written several (unproduced) features, including Splicers for 20th Century Fox and Zero Gee for John Woo and Terrance Chang's Lion Rock Productions.
In 1999, working from notes by Gene Roddenberry, Wolfe developed the syndicated series Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda. The series premiered in the fall of 2000 as the number one original hour in syndication, a position it held for most of its five-year run. Wolfe served as head writer and executive producer on Andromeda for its first two seasons, during which the series was nominated for two Saturn Award for Best Syndicated Series and for a BC Film Commission Leo Award for Best Dramatic Series.
Departure from Andromeda
During the production of the second season, Wolfe claims that he and the studio quarreled over the non-episodic nature of the show and the studio's requests for "more aliens, more space battles, and less internal conflict," eventually resulting in his departure. Actor Kevin Sorbo confirmed the statements, saying that Wolfe, "is a genius, but was developing stories that were too complicated."
Subsequently, Wolfe wrote freelance scripts for both The Dead Zone and UPN's revival of The Twilight Zone. In 2004, he served as a consulting producer and writer on the first and fourth seasons of The 4400 on USA Network, helping launch the successful series.
Wolfe was an executive producer on the Sci Fi Channel series The Dresden Files, along with David Simkins, Nicolas Cage and others. It is a production of Lions Gate Television and Saturn Films. It premiered on January 21, 2007 on the Sci-Fi Channel. Wolfe and Hans Beimler wrote the screenplay for the pilot and developed the series, which is based on the books by Jim Butcher.
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- Hinman, Michael (Feb 15, 2002). "Wolfe dumped from Andromeda". Airlock Alpha. "Basically, they want the show to be more action driven, more Dylan-centric, and more episodic," Wolfe said. "They also want more aliens, more space battles, and less internal conflict among the continuity so as not to confuse the casual or new viewer" ... Sorbo ... made the first announcement in the British Cult Times Magazine. "Robert is a genius, but was developing stories that were too complicated and too clever for the rest of us to understand,"
- Lisa (Nov 23, 2001). "ROBERT HEWITT WOLFE DEPARTS 'ANDROMEDA'". TrekToday. Wolfe left the show in late September, during the production of the twelfth episode of the season, 'Ouroboros.' Wolfe said the reason for his departure was a creative conflict over the direction the show was taking. Whilst he had always envisioned a complex arc-based storyline, production companies Tribune Entertainment and Fireworks as well as series star Kevin Sorbo (Dylan Hunt) felt the show had to be more episodic.
- SyFy press release 24 April 2012