Bryan Fuller

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Bryan Fuller
Fuller at the 2016 Comic-Con
Fuller at the 2016 Comic-Con
Born (1969-07-27) July 27, 1969 (age 54)
Lewiston, Idaho, U.S.
  • Screenwriter
  • Television producer
EducationLewis-Clark State College
University of Southern California
Notable works
PartnerScott Roberts (2006–present)

Bryan Fuller (born July 27, 1969) is an American television writer and producer who has created a number of television series, including Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies, Hannibal, American Gods, and Crystal Lake. Fuller worked as writer and executive producer on the Star Trek television series Voyager and Deep Space Nine; he is also the co-creator of Star Trek: Discovery.[1]

Early life[edit]

Fuller was born in Lewiston, Idaho,[2] and raised in Clarkston, Washington.[3] He was brought up Roman Catholic.[4] After graduating from Clarkston High School, Fuller attended Lewis–Clark State College in Lewiston. He later transferred to the USC School of Cinematic Arts, but dropped out and began working as an office temp.[5]


As a contributing writer, Fuller's work has been featured on several shows, including Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, earning twenty-two episode writing credits for the Star Trek franchise. Fuller is himself a fan of science fiction, and in an interview said that his favorite Star Trek series were the 1960s original, followed by Deep Space Nine, The Next Generation and Voyager. Fuller has called DS9 his favorite spin-off, stating: "There were lots of new and innovative things going on during Deep Space Nine and that's why it's my favorite of the new series. It was much more character-based".[6] Fuller worked on the 1997 DS9 episodes "The Darkness and the Light" and "Empok Nor".

Fuller wrote the teleplay for the 2002 adaptation of Carrie, based on the 1974 novel of the same name by Stephen King. Next, he created Dead Like Me which ran on Showtime for two seasons from 2003 to 2004, although Fuller left early into the first season. He then co-created Wonderfalls with Todd Holland, which ran on Fox in 2004, with only four episodes being aired and the rest premiering on DVD. Near the end of 2004, Fuller got a pilot commitment from NBC for The Assistants,[7] although the show never got past the script stage. In 2005, Fuller wrote the pilot to the animated comedy The Amazing Screw-On Head for the Sci Fi Channel, which aired in 2006 but was not picked up for a series. He next worked on NBC series Heroes[, where he joined as a consulting producer after the pilot and became a co-executive producer for the first season. He also wrote a couple episodes for Heroes, including "Company Man" which TV Guide named one of the 100 greatest episodes in television history.

Chi McBride and Bryan Fuller

Next he created Pushing Daisies, about a pie-maker (Lee Pace) who can bring dead things back to life temporarily, which debuted on ABC on October 3, 2007. On July 17, 2008, the show was nominated for twelve Emmy Awards from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, including one for Fuller for Outstanding Writing of a Comedy Series. It ultimately won seven Emmy Awards: for Best Supporting Actress (Kristin Chenoweth), Best Art Direction, Best Costume, Best Music, Best Make-Up, Best Editing, and Best Direction of a Comedy Series (Barry Sonnenfeld). The second season of Pushing Daisies began October 1, 2008, on ABC. In mid-November, ABC announced that it would not order new episodes for season two after the 13th.[8] The series' final episode aired on June 13, 2009.[9]

With the cancellation of Pushing Daisies, Fuller signed a seven-figure, two-year deal with Universal Media Studios. He rejoined the writing staff of Heroes for the 20th episode of the third season, and again became a consulting producer, playing a "key role" on the writing staff.[10] After working on some of the story arcs for the next season of Heroes, Fuller announced he was moving on to other projects.[11] His next projects, both a result of the Universal deal and developed for NBC, were Sellevision, developed with Bryan Singer and based on the book of the same name by Augusten Burroughs, and No Kill, Fuller's first sitcom.[12] Neither project got past the scripting stage. Fuller's next project, again for NBC, was Mockingbird Lane, a revival of the classic sitcom The Munsters. A pilot was produced, but the show did not receive a series order, and the pilot aired as a Halloween special. Fuller next worked on Mind Fields with Lisa Joy for USA Network,[13] which was not picked up.

Fuller owns Living Dead Guy Productions.[14]

Fuller's next project was the Hannibal Lecter series Hannibal, which premiered on NBC in 2013, and renewed for a second season in 2014.[15] Fuller had developed High Moon for Syfy, based on the book The Lotus Caves, which filmed a pilot in late 2013, but was not given a series order.[16]

By July 2014, Starz had acquired the airing rights to Neil Gaiman's 2001 novel American Gods, and that Fuller, with producer Michael Green, would develop the novel into a television series. The show premiered April 30, 2017. The show was renewed for a second season, but Fuller and Green left the show due to budgetary issues during the writing stage of the second season.[17] In early 2018, Fuller was working on a television adaptation of The Vampire Chronicles novel series by Anne Rice. He dropped out of the project in July of the same year.[18][19] After leaving American Gods and Discovery, Fuller began work on his first feature film in 2021, writing a new adaptation of the 1983 Stephen King novel Christine for Sony Pictures and Blumhouse Productions, planning to make his directorial debut.[20]


Nicknamed the "Fullerverse" by Fuller's fans, all of Fuller's series are implied to take place in the same universe.

Marianne Marie Beetle (played by actress Beth Grant) first appears in the Wonderfalls episode "Muffin Buffalo", and has subsequently appeared in the Pushing Daisies episode "Comfort Food"[21] and in the pilot of Mockingbird Lane.[22]

Similarly, Gretchen Speck-Horowitz (played by Chelan Simmons) first appears in the Wonderfalls episode "Pink Flamingos" and subsequently appeared in the Hannibal episode "Amuse-Bouche", reverting to her maiden name after her divorce.[23]

Meanwhile, in the Pushing Daisies episode "Bzzzzzzzzz!", Ned mentions that he works for Happy Time Temp Agency when trying to go undercover, the same place where Georgia "George" Lass works in Dead Like Me.[24]

Also, the fictional brand "Lil' Ivey's" first appeared in the Wonderfalls episode "Cocktail Bunny" on a box of cocktail cherries and later appeared in the Pushing Daisies episode "Kerplunk", this time on a bag of macaroni.[25]

Fuller has reinterpreted a few of his characters in later series.[26] Georgia "George" Lass (played by Ellen Muth), having first appeared in Dead Like Me, was reinterpreted as Georgia Madchen (also played by Muth) in the Hannibal episodes "Buffet Froid" and "Relevés". This similarity is furthered by their last names: "lass" is an English (i.e Scottish) synonym for girl while "Mädchen" is a German word meaning the same. In another nod to Georgia Lass being a reaper (therefore both dead and alive) in Dead Like Me, in Hannibal Georgia Madchen is a killer who suffers from numerous medical conditions including Cotard's syndrome, a delusion disorder that has her convinced she is actually dead.[27][28]

In a similar manner, Reggie Lass from Dead Like Me (played by Britt McKillip) was reinterpreted as Miriam Lass (played by Anna Chlumsky), who first appears in the Hannibal episode "Entrée".[29] Similarly, in the Hannibal episode "Takiawase", an acupuncturist (played by Amanda Plummer) who is under investigation for lobotomizing patients is named Katherine Pimms, which is also the cover name used by Charlotte "Chuck" Charles (played by Anna Friel) in multiple episodes of Pushing Daisies.[30]

A visual nod to Wonderfalls was given in the Heroes first-season episode "Better Halves" when the smoosh-faced wax lion central to Wonderfalls was seen on a bedside table.[31]

Personal life[edit]

Fuller is in a long-term relationship with interior designer Scott Roberts.[32][33]

In a 2007 interview, he stated that his favorite film was the 2001 French film Amélie, which was one of the inspirations for Pushing Daisies: "All the things I love are represented in that movie. It's a movie that will make me cry based on kindness as opposed to sadness."[34]

Sexual harassment allegations[edit]

On October 5, 2023, Fuller was accused of and sued for sexual harassment by Sam Wineman, a producer of Queer for Fear, charges Fuller denies. Claiming the lawsuit was a retaliatory attempt to extort Fuller after Wineman left the project, Fuller's attorney Bryan Freedman released the following statement: "Make no mistake, Sam Wineman will be sued for defamation based on what are 100 percent provably false statements," Freedman told Deadline Hollywood. "There is documented evidence which completely disproves the allegations against Bryan Fuller. Wineman created this fictitious story long after his gross incompetence necessitated his removal in an effort to extort AMC, Shudder, Steakhaus and Bryan Fuller. He never raised any allegation of wrongdoing prior to his removal because he knew that this was absolute garbage. Sam Wineman just made the biggest mistake of his life and once the evidence comes out, he will forever be known as a pathological liar. Rest assured; a malicious prosecution lawsuit aimed directly at him is coming soon."[35][36][37] A month later, 14 individuals, 9 of whom had been on the set of Queer for Fear at the time of the supposed incident, came forward in Fuller's defense, disavowing Sam Wineman's story. Some even went so far as to condemn Wineman for unprofessional behavior.[38][39]

Film credits[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
TBA Dust Bunny Director, writer, producer Filming
Feature film directorial debut

Television credits[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Writer (season 5) 2 episodes
1997–2001 Star Trek: Voyager Writer (season 4–7), story editor (season 4–5), executive story editor (season 6) and co-producer (season 7) 81 episodes
2002 Carrie Writer and executive producer Television film
2003–2004 Dead Like Me Co-creator, writer (season 1), executive producer (season 1) and consulting producer 29 episodes
2004 Wonderfalls Creator, writer and executive producer 13 episodes
2006 The Amazing Screw-On Head Developer, writer and executive producer Pilot
2006–2009 Heroes Writer (season 1, 3–4), co-executive producer (season 1) and consulting producer (season 3–4) 33 episodes
2007–2009 Pushing Daisies Creator, writer and executive producer 22 episodes
2012 Mockingbird Lane Developer, writer and executive producer Pilot
2013–2015 Hannibal Developer, writer and executive producer 39 episodes
2014 High Moon Developer, writer and executive producer Pilot
2017–2021 American Gods Co-developer, writer (season 1) and executive producer (season 1) 26 episodes
2017–present Star Trek: Discovery Co-creator, writer (season 1), executive producer (season 1) and executive consultant (season 2–3) 65 episodes
2018–2020 Star Trek: Short Treks Co-creator 10 episodes
2022 Queer for Fear: The History of Queer Horror Director (2 episodes) and executive producer Documentary series
TBA Crystal Lake Writer, showrunner and executive producer

Award and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2005 Writers Guild of America Award Episodic Comedy Wonderfalls Nominated
2007 Writers Guild of America Award New Series Heroes Nominated
2007 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Drama Series Heroes Nominated
2008 Writers Guild of America Award New Series Pushing Daisies Nominated
2008 Writers Guild of America Award Episodic Comedy Pushing Daisies Nominated
2008 Edgar Award Best Television Episode Teleplay Pushing Daisies Nominated
2008 Hugo Award Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form Heroes Nominated
2008 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Pushing Daisies Nominated
2014 The Dan Curtis Legacy Award Won


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