Peter Lauritson

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Peter Lauritson
OccupationProducer and director
Known forStar Trek

Peter Lauritson is a long-time film producer and director and television producer and director who first became involved with the Star Trek franchise with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. He went on to become a producer for Star Trek: The Next Generation, and supervising producer for Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise. He directed three episodes of those series, including the Hugo Award-winning "The Inner Light", as well as being second unit director for two Star Trek films.


Lauritson was the head of the post-production department for television at Paramount Pictures in 1981 when Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was being produced by the television departments there. In 1986, he became involved in the development of Star Trek: The Next Generation where he became an associate producer. By the end of the seventh series, he had been promoted to a producer.[1] Whilst working on The Next Generation, he made his directorial debut with the episode "The Inner Light" and went on to also direct the first episode of the two-part "Gambit".[1] "The Inner Light" is regarded as one of the most acclaimed episodes of the series, and Lauritson accepted a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation in 1993,[2] which was the first of two Hugo Awards to be won by the series.[2] The episode was named the third best of the series by Entertainment Weekly in 2007.[3]

Lauritson's face appears briefly as an image of Raymond Thomas on Counsellor Troi's computer screen as a Troi helps Claire Raymond search for living descendants in the Next Generation episode The Neutral Zone.[4]

Lauritson was one of the ten producers who were named in the Emmy Award nomination of The Next Generation for Outstanding Drama Series in 1994.[5] He became a supervising producer on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise. His third and final Star Trek directorial position was on the Voyager episode "Lineage". He was also co-producer on all The Next Generation films from Star Trek Generations through to Star Trek: Nemesis. He was the director of the second unit on both Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Insurrection.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "Lauritson, Peter". Star Retrieved April 17, 2013.
  2. ^ a b DeCandido, Keith (September 5, 2012). "Star Trek: The Next Generation Rewatch: "The Inner Light"". Retrieved April 17, 2013.
  3. ^ Vary, Adam B. (September 20, 2007). "'Star Trek: The Next Generation': The Top 10 Episodes". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 17, 2013.
  4. ^ Okuda, M., & Okuda, D., (eds) (1994) The Star Trek Encyclopedia, (Pocket Books), p271
  5. ^ "Primetime Emmy Award Database". Retrieved April 17, 2013.

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