Rick Berman

Producer / Show Creator


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About this interview

In his three-hour-plus Archive interview, Rick Berman talks about his early years in television, where he worked as a producer on documentary series and specials including The Big Blue Marble. He recalls his move to Los Angeles and his work as a development executive before being tapped by Gene Roddenberry to work on his new series. He recounts his involvement in launching Star Trek: The Next Generation, and his long association with the subsequent franchise in both television and feature films. He gives his impressions of series creator Gene Roddenberry and talks about Roddenberry's vision of a hopeful future for mankind. Berman discusses taking the reigns of the series following Roddenberry's death and speaks of his roles as both a producer and co-creator of the later Star Trek series: Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise. He outlines the premise for each of those series and speaks in-depth about the cast members, their characters, and the sometimes arduous nature of pleasing the fans of the franchise. Jennifer Howard conducted the interview on May 31, 2006 in Los Angeles, CA.

"I'd like to be remembered as somebody who took Gene Roddenberry's vision of the future and his idea of what 'Star Trek' was supposed to be and tried to keep these four series and four movies that we've done true to his ideals." 

Interviewee(s)
Highlights
Rick Berman on how he came to produce Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rick Berman on the death of Gene Roddenberry
Rick Berman on the creation of Star Trek: Enterprise
Rick Berman on the title of Star Trek: Enterprise
Rick Berman on the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine  episode "Trials and Tribble-ations"
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early life and influences; on his early work as a producer; on going to work at Warner Bros. and Paramount
On how he came to produce Star Trek: The Next Generation; on working with Gene Roddenberry; on his initial producing duties on Star Trek: The Next Generation

Chapter 2

On the premise of Star Trek: The Next Generation; on syndicating Star Trek: The Next Generation; on casting the show
On Whoopi Goldberg and Jonathan Frakes on Star Trek: The Next Generation; on actors directing Star Trek: The Next Generation; on writing some episodes of the show

Chapter 3

On Leonard Nimoy appearing on Star Trek: The Next Generation; on the visual effects and make-up on Star Trek: The Next Generation; on his shifting producing duties on the show
On the death of Gene Roddenberry; on the end of Star Trek: The Next Generation; on the creation of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Chapter 4

On the cast of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine; on the themes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine; on the lighting and atmosphere of the show
On creating and casting Star Trek: Voyager

Chapter 5

On the cast of Star Trek: Voyager; on using the Holodeck as a story-telling device on Star Trek: Voyager; on the end of the show
On the creation of Star Trek: Enterprise; on Scott Bakula as "Captain Archer" on Star Trek: Enterprise; on cast of the show

Chapter 6

On the design of the ship on Star Trek: Enterprise; on the show's theme song; on the title and story arc of Star Trek: Enterprise; on the end of the show
On the feature film "Star Trek: First Contact"; on the then-future and legacy of the Star Trek series; on advice to aspiring producers

Chapter 7

On his management style; on career highlights and regrets; on how he'd like to be remembered
Shows

Big Blue Marble

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Rick Berman on producing The Big Blue Marble

Star Trek

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Rick Berman on the then-future of the Star Trek franchise
Rick Berman on the legacy of Star Trek
Rick Berman on the future of the Star Trek  franchise

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

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Rick Berman on how Star Trek: Deep Space Nine came about and its premise
Rick Berman on dividing his time between Star Trek shows
Rick Berman on "Commander Cisco" on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Rick Berman on the cast of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Rick Berman on keeping Star Trek: Deep Space Nine fresh; on the show's themes
Rick Berman on the final episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Rick Berman on the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Trials and Tribble-ations"
Rick Berman on the lighting and atmosphere of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Star Trek: The Next Generation

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Rick Berman on how he came to produce Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rick Berman on his impressions of Gene Roddenberry and the series idea for Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rick Berman on his initial producing duties on Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rick Berman on Patrick Stewart as "Captain Picard" on Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rick Berman on the premise of Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rick Berman on syndicating Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rick Berman on casting Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rick Berman on Gates McFadden leaving and returning to Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rick Berman on Denise Crosby and Wil Wheaton leaving and returning to Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rick Berman on casting Whoopi Goldberg on Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rick Berman on Jonathan Frakes as "William Riker" on Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rick Berman on actors directing Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rick Berman on writing for Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rick Berman on Leonard Nimoy appearing as "Spock" on Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rick Berman on the Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes "The Best of Both Worlds" and the finale "All Good Things"
Rick Berman on the visual effects of Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rick Berman on the make-up work on Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rick Berman on the rules for writing Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rick Berman on the critical and fan reaction to Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rick Berman on his shifting producing duties on Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rick Berman on the death of Gene Roddenberry
Rick Berman on the end of Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rick Berman on dividing his time between Star Trek shows
Rick Berman on Star Trek: The Next Generation being his favorite of all the Star Trek series and his favorite moments

Star Trek: Voyager

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Rick Berman on the creation of Star Trek: Voyager and casting "Captain Janeway"
Rick Berman on Kate Mulgrew as "Captain Janeway" on Star Trek: Voyager
Rick Berman on casting Star Trek: Voyager
Rick Berman on the cast of Star Trek: Voyager
Rick Berman on the Holodeck as a story-telling device on Star Trek: Voyager
Rick Berman on the end of Star Trek: Voyager
Topics

Advice

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Rick Berman on advice to an aspiring producer

Characters & Catchphrases

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Rick Berman on Patrick Stewart as "Captain Picard" on Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rick Berman on Leonard Nimoy appearing as "Spock" on Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rick Berman on Kate Mulgrew as "Captain Janeway" on Star Trek: Voyager
Rick Berman on Scott Bakula as "Captain Archer" on Star Trek: Enterprise

Classic TV series episodes

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Rick Berman on the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine  episode "Trials and Tribble-ations"

Creative Influences and Inspiration

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Rick Berman on the death of Gene Roddenberry
Rick Berman on how he'd like to be remembered

First Big Break

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Rick Berman on his early days in Los Angeles going to work at Warner Bros. and Paramount

Pivotal Career Moments

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Rick Berman on his early days in Los Angeles going to work at Warner Bros. and Paramount

Pop Culture

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Rick Berman on Patrick Stewart as "Captain Picard" on Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rick Berman on Leonard Nimoy appearing as "Spock" on Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rick Berman on Kate Mulgrew as "Captain Janeway" on Star Trek: Voyager
Rick Berman on the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine  episode "Trials and Tribble-ations"
Rick Berman on Scott Bakula as "Captain Archer" on Star Trek: Enterprise
Rick Berman on the design of the ship and the theme song of Star Trek: Enterprise

TV Theme Songs

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Rick Berman on the design of the ship and the theme song of Star Trek: Enterprise

Technological Innovation

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Rick Berman on the visual effects of Star Trek: The Next Generation

Television Industry

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Rick Berman on advice to an aspiring producer
Professions

Producers

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Rick Berman on advice to an aspiring producer
Rick Berman on his management style
Genres

Sci-Fi/Supernatural Series

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Rick Berman on producing Star Trek: The Next Generation (Part 1)
Rick Berman on producing Star Trek: The Next Generation (Part 2)
Rick Berman on producing Star Trek: The Next Generation (Part 3)
Rick Berman on producing Star Trek: Deep Space Nine  (Part 1) 
Rick Berman on producing Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (Part 2)
Rick Berman on producing Star Trek: Voyager (Part 1)
Rick Berman on producing Star Trek: Voyager (Part 2) 
Rick Berman on producing Star Trek: Enterprise  (Part 1)
Rick Berman on producing Star Trek: Enterprise (Part 2)
People

Rene Auberjonois

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Rick Berman on the cast of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Rene Auberjonois

Scott Bakula

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Rick Berman on Scott Bakula as "Captain Archer" on Star Trek: Enterprise

Jolene Blalock

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Rick Berman on the cast of Star Trek: Enterprise: Jolene Blalock

Avery Brooks

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Rick Berman on the cast of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Avery Brooks

LeVar Burton

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Rick Berman on casting Star Trek: The Next Generation: LeVar Burton

Denise Crosby

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Rick Berman on casting Star Trek: The Next Generation: Denise Crosby
Rick Berman on Denise Crosby and Wil Wheaton leaving and returning to Star Trek: The Next Generation

Michael Dorn

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Rick Berman on casting Star Trek: The Next Generation: Michael Dorn

Terry Farrell

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Rick Berman on the cast of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Terry Farrell

Jonathan Frakes

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Rick Berman on casting Star Trek: The Next Generation: Jonathan Frakes
Rick Berman on Jonathan Frakes as "William Riker" on Star Trek: The Next Generation

Whoopi Goldberg

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Rick Berman on casting Whoopi Goldberg on Star Trek: The Next Generation

Dominic Keating

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Rick Berman on the cast of Star Trek: Enterprise: Dominic Keating

Jennifer Lien

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Rick Berman on the cast of Star Trek: Voyager: Jennifer Lien      

Gates McFadden

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Rick Berman on casting Star Trek: The Next Generation: Gates McFadden
Rick Berman on Gates McFadden leaving and returning to Star Trek: The Next Generation

Robert Duncan McNeill

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Rick Berman on the cast of Star Trek: Voyager: Robert Duncan McNeill

Colm Meaney

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Rick Berman on the cast of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Colm Meaney

Kate Mulgrew

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Rick Berman on Kate Mulgrew as "Captain Janeway" on Star Trek: Voyager

Leonard Nimoy

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Rick Berman on Leonard Nimoy appearing as "Spock" on Star Trek: The Next Generation

Linda Park

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Rick Berman on the cast of Star Trek: Enterprise: Linda Park

Ethan Phillips

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Rick Berman on the cast of Star Trek: Voyager: Ethan Phillips

Robert Picardo

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Rick Berman on the cast of Star Trek: Voyager: Robert Picardo

Gene Roddenberry

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Rick Berman on how he came to produce Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rick Berman on his impressions of Gene Roddenberry and the series idea for Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rick Berman on casting Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rick Berman on the death of Gene Roddenberry

Jeri Ryan

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Rick Berman on the cast of Star Trek: Voyager: Jeri Ryan

Brent Spiner

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Rick Berman on casting Star Trek: The Next Generation: Brent Spiner

Patrick Stewart

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Rick Berman on Patrick Steward as "Captain Picard" on Star Trek: The Next Generation

Connor Trinneer

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Rick Berman on the cast of Star Trek: Enterprise: Connor Trinneer

Nana Visitor

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Rick Berman on the cast of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Nana Visitor

Garrett Wang

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Rick Berman on the cast of Star Trek: Voyager: Garrett Wang

Wil Wheaton

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Rick Berman on Denise Crosby and Wil Wheaton leaving and returning to Star Trek: The Next Generation

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