Brannon Braga

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Brannon Braga
Brannon Braga WonderCon 2015.jpg
Braga at the WonderCon in April 2015.
Born (1965-08-14) August 14, 1965 (age 50)
Bozeman, Montana
Occupation television producer and screenwriter

Brannon Braga[needs IPA] (born August 14, 1965)[1] is an American television producer, director and screenwriter currently serving as an executive producer on the Fox primetime series, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a re-launch of the iconic 1980 miniseries hosted by Carl Sagan for which Braga won a Peabody Award,[2] Critics Choice Award,[3] and Producers Guild Award,[4] and Emmy awards.[5] Braga also serves as writer, executive producer, and co-creator of the drama series “Salem,” WGN America’s first original series. Set in the volatile world of 17th century Massachusetts, “Salem” explores what really fueled the infamous witch trials, uncovering the suspenseful, supernatural truth of this dark period in American history.[6] Best known for his work on one of the most enduring pop culture fixtures, Star Trek, Braga was a key creative force behind three of the four modern series within the top-rated franchise. He later became an executive producer and writer on popular Fox shows including the award-winning drama series, 24, and most recently, the Steven Spielberg family adventure, Terra Nova.[7] His film credits include “Mission:Impossible II,” “Star Trek: Generations” and “Star Trek: First Contact.” [8]


Braga started out as an intern on Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1990, eventually becoming an executive producer on that series. 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 moved down the hallway to join 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 meanwhile teamed up with Moore to write two Star Trek feature films – Star Trek Generations and Star Trek: First Contact. They would later join forces to develop the Mission: Impossible II screenplay. He went on to co-create the final Trek television series, 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 real time action/drama series, 24, penning episodes in the seventh and eight seasons. He was also an Executive Producer and writer on the ABC 2009 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.[9] 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,[10][11] and received mostly positive reaction from critics and viewers.[12] Braga was nominated for an Emmy for his work on the show.[13] 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.[10] in 2014, he directed the Marilyn Manson music video "Cupid Carries a Gun" of the The Pale Emperor album.[14]

Personal life[edit]

During production of Star Trek Voyager, Braga dated star Jeri Ryan a couple of years after she joined the cast in the fourth season.[15] Between February and November 2000, they were stalked by Marlon Estacio Pagtakhan, who was convicted for harassment and threats in May 2001.[16][17][18]



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  3. ^ "Critics' Choice Television Awards". Los Angeles Times. 
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  7. ^ Ausiello, Michael (April 20, 2010). "Exclusive: Kyle Chandler eyed for dino-mite Fox drama". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 28, 2010. 
  8. ^ "COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY" (PDF). Jan 1, 2014. 
  9. ^ Q&A: Executive Producer Brannon Braga talks “SALEM”
  10. ^ a b Phillips, Jevon (February 27, 2014). "Brannon Braga talks new TV treks with series 'Salem,' 'Cosmos' reboot". Hero Complex. Los Angeles Times.
  11. ^ Bell, Josh (September 12, 2012). "Brannon Braga Returns to 'Star Trek' with 'Star Trek: The Next Generation: Hive'". Comic Book Resources.
  12. ^ "Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey : Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  13. ^ "Brannon Braga Inks New Overall Deal With 20th Television". The Hollywood Reporter. September 11, 2014. 
  14. ^ Marilyn Manson’s ‘The Pale Emperor’ Streaming In Full
  15. ^ Tyler, Aisha (July 3, 2013). "girl on guy 100: jeri ryan". Aisha Tyler. 45:47 mark. Retrieved August 29, 2014.
  16. ^ Manekin, Michael (August 24, 2007). "'Star Trek' stalker may not be fit to stand trial". Oakland Tribune. 
  17. ^ "Cyberstalking garnering more serious response". USA Today. Associated Press. June 29, 2001. 
  18. ^ "Trek Beauty Terrified". Fox News Channel. January 19, 2001. 

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