Steve Blackman (writer)

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Steve Blackman
OccupationTelevision writer, producer, showrunner
Years active1999–present

Steve Blackman is a Canadian-American television writer and executive producer.[1] He is the showrunner of The Umbrella Academy, a Netflix series based on the comic series by Gerard Way.[2] In 2016, Blackman won a Writers Guild of America Award for the second season of Fargo along with his fellow writers.[3] In 2017, he was nominated for an Emmy for his work on Fargo along with other producers.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Blackman grew up in Edmonton. As a law student at the University of Alberta in 1996, he founded Law Show, an annual stage production written and performed by law students. As of 2018, it has raised over $300,000 for local charities.[5]

Career[edit]

Blackman passed the bar in 1998 and worked briefly as a divorce lawyer. Unhappy as an attorney, he teamed with Greg Ball, another newly-practicing lawyer, and together they created The Associates, a drama series based on their experiences as recent law school graduates. Ball and Blackman pitched and sold the series to CTV at the Banff Television Festival in 1999.[6] When it aired, The Associates was the most expensive television series ever made in Canada.[7][8] He produced 30 episodes of The Associates, which aired in 2001 and 2002.

In addition to his credits as a writer and producer on television shows including Bones and Fargo, Blackman served as an executive producer and co-showrunner on Private Practice, Legion and co-showrunner on Altered Carbon.[9][10][11][12]

On November 9, 2017, it was announced that Blackman will be credited as an executive producer and show-runner in the upcoming Netflix series, The Umbrella Academy.[13]

Credits[edit]

Year Series Credits
2001–2002 The Associates Co-Creator, Producer (30 episodes)[14]
2003–2005 Wild Card Writer, Supervising Producer (36 episodes)[15]
2004 NYPD Blue Writer (1 episode)[16]
2005–2006 Bones Writer (3 episodes), Producer (21 episodes)[17]
2007 Hidden Palms Writer (1 episode), Producer (8 episodes)[18][19]
2007–2008 Las Vegas Writer (2 episodes), Supervising Producer (19 episodes)[20]
2008–2012 Private Practice Co-Showrunner[21]; Writer (10 episodes), Executive Producer (44 episodes)
Co-Executive Producer (45 episodes)
2014–2017 Fargo Writer (2 episodes), Co-Executive Producer (10 episodes), Consulting Producer (20 episodes)[22][23][24]
2016 Outsiders Consulting Producer (13 episodes)[25]
2017 Legion Executive Producer (4 episodes)[26]
2017–2018 Altered Carbon Writer (2 episodes), Executive Producer (10 episodes)[27]
2019–present The Umbrella Academy Showrunner,[28] Writer, Executive Producer[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marechal, AJ. "A&E Developing Dark Comedy 'Clan' Based on Belgian Series (Exclusive)". Variety.
  2. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (2017-07-11). "'Umbrella Academy' Series Based on Comic Books Headed to Netflix". Variety. Retrieved 2018-04-01.
  3. ^ "2016 Writers Guild Awards Winners Announced". Retrieved 2018-04-02.
  4. ^ "Nominees/Winners". Television Academy. Retrieved 2018-04-01.
  5. ^ "Law students take the stage to raise funds for Edmonton women's shelter". 13 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Writer's Guild of Canada". www.writersguildofcanada.com.
  7. ^ "Perfect pitch" – via The Globe and Mail.
  8. ^ MacNamara, Kate. "Falling off the dial". www.friends.ca. National Post.
  9. ^ Muir, John Kenneth (May 1, 2007). TV Year: The Prime Time 2005-2006 Season. Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. p. 15. ISBN 978-1557836847.
  10. ^ Hibberd, James. "'Private Practice' names new head writers". hollywoodreporter.com. The Hollywood Reporter.
  11. ^ Ryan, Maureen. "TV Review: 'Legion' on FX, Starring Dan Stevens". variety.com. Variety.
  12. ^ Wigler, Josh. "'Altered Carbon': How 'Blade Runner' Impacted Netflix's New Science-Fiction Universe". hollywoodreporter.com. The Hollywood Reporter.
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 9, 2017). "'The Umbrella Academy': Ellen Page To Star In Netflix Series Based On Comic". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  14. ^ "Perfect pitch" – via The Globe and Mail.
  15. ^ McCormack, Kim. "Content Upload" (PDF). iatse411.ca. Iatse Local 411 (Ontario).
  16. ^ Wilson, Amanda. "NYPD Blue Summary/Review, "The 3-H Club"". stwing.upenn.edu. University of Pennsylvania.
  17. ^ Muir, John Kenneth (May 1, 2007). TV Year: The Prime Time 2005-2006 Season. Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. p. 15. ISBN 978-1557836847.
  18. ^ "Hidden Palms Episode Guide". lionsgatepublicity.com. Lionsgate Publicity.
  19. ^ Lowry, Brian. "Hidden Palms Review". variety.com. Variety.
  20. ^ Ward, Mitch. "15 Things You Didn't Know About Fargo (The TV Show)". screenrant.com. Screenrant.
  21. ^ "'Private Practice' names new head writers".
  22. ^ Mitchell, Gregg; Gordon, Jason. "2016 Writers Guild Awards Winners Announced". wga.org. Writers Guild of America West.
  23. ^ "Steve Blackman Bio". emmys.com. Television Academy.
  24. ^ "Fargo (FX) Award Profile". peabodyawards.com. Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication, University of Georgia.
  25. ^ Herman, Alison. "'Outsiders' Is a Worthwhile Show on a Channel You've Never Heard Of". flavorwire.com. Flavorwire.
  26. ^ Ryan, Maureen. "TV Review: 'Legion' on FX, Starring Dan Stevens". variety.com. Variety.
  27. ^ Wigler, Josh. "'Altered Carbon': How 'Blade Runner' Impacted Netflix's New Science-Fiction Universe". hollywoodreporter.com. The Hollywood Reporter.
  28. ^ Otterson, Joe. "Ellen Page Joins 'Umbrella Academy' Series at Netflix". variety.com. Variety.
  29. ^ "Umbrella Academy adds Mindhunter's Cameron Britton". DenofGeek. October 8, 2018. Retrieved February 9, 2019.

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