Star Trek Discovery Writing Staff

Discussion in 'Star Trek: Discovery' started by The Habs Fan, Jan 26, 2017.

  1. The Habs Fan

    The Habs Fan Commodore Commodore

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    I thought this forum deserved its own thread about the writing staff.

    At this link, there's a picture of Michelle Yeoh meeting "some" of the Star Trek Discovery writing staff: https://twitter.com/StarTrekRoom/status/822244006276890624/photo/1

    Has anyone noticed that most of the writers are different than what has been reported in the past? According to the caption, here is who is in the photo:

    Gretchen Berg
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0073766/?ref_=nv_sr_1

    Aaron Harberts
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0361912/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

    Aaron Baiers
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2269772/?ref_=nv_sr_1

    Erika Lippoldt
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm7703735/?ref_=nv_sr_1

    Ted Sullivan
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1014207/?ref_=nv_sr_1

    Bo Yeon Kim
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5655249/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

    Craig Sweeny
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1153843/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

    Sean Cochran
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3278619/?ref_=nv_sr_1

    Tyler Dinucci
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5013110/?ref_=nv_sr_1

    Not in the picture are writers that were announced as part of the staff when Bryan Fuller was the showrunner: Nicholas Meyer, Kristen Beyer, Aron Eli Coleite, Jesse Alexander, and Joe Menosky. I wonder if the 5 not in the photo are still on the staff?
     
  2. Blooded

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    Kristen certainly is, they were chatting about her only a few weeks back. And given Meyer is tweeting off his dogs Twitter about production this week, he's clearly still there. No idea about the others.

    There's already a thread about this very photo, mind.
     
  3. Balok's Decoy

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    Probably they are. Could be the difference between "Story by" and "Teleplay by."
     
  4. The Habs Fan

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    Yeah, I saw the other thread about the photo, I just thought we could have a thread about the writers specifically.
     
  5. The Nth Doctor

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    I'm not familiar with any of their work aside from the two who worked with Fuller on Pushing Daisies. I noticed a bunch of them worked together on Reign and Revenge. Anyone seen those and are they any good?
     
  6. Borgminister

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    Lots of cooks in the kitchen...
     
  7. Starbreaker

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    They skew heavily towards young women is all I know.
     
  8. The Nth Doctor

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    You make that sound like a bad thing.
     
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  9. Hugo Rune

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    The best name in that list is Craig Sweeny, who was a great writer on The 4400/Medium and the developer of Limitless

    The rest appear to be lower echelon production staff for MOR TV shows I would go out of my way to generally ignore, even if a pair of them worked with Fuller in the past

    Fuller and his head of bonkersness was the selling point for this show for me.

    Hugo - wonders what the group will do with his plan
     
  10. Noname Given

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    Ugh - scary that we have a writer from a Brannon Braga created show (The 4400). Hopefully, Mr. Braga's writing style didn't rub off on him too much as I don't want TNG/VOY tropes in the TOS era, thanks.
     
  11. Hugo Rune

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    Yeah. No.

    Brannon Braga had nothing to do with The 4400, which was developed by Rene Echevarria and then show-run by Ira Steven Behr, you know, those other TNG writers. He was working on ENT when 4400 started and the moved over to create Threshold.

    I'm not a fan of some of Braga's work, but get your facts straight before you try to discredit someone else who likely has never sat in the same room as him.

    Hugo - defended Braga there?
     
  12. wayoung

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    Meyer was never a part of the writing team, was he? I thought he was a consulting producer? I remember him saying he wrote one episode for Fuller and was available when they had questions but that he was not part of the writing staff.
     
  13. Hennessy Badger

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    Reign is a guilty pleasure of mine. It's not terribly sophisticated storytelling, but the characters are engaging enough that I find myself coming back for more.

    Revenge had a strong first season, but the following one turned into a soapy mess (so much so that I abandoned it before the season's end).
     
  14. Starbreaker

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    That's just not my kind of TV. It's one step above Lifetime and Hallmark
     
  15. sojourner

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    Sooo many things wrong with this statement.
     
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  16. Christopher

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    That's right. A consulting producer is someone who isn't part of the day-to-day grind of production but is officially on hand to offer the benefit of their experience and knowledge when needed. An advisor to the staff rather than a full member.
     
  17. The Habs Fan

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    Craig Sweeny was also one of the best writers on Elementary.
     
  18. Firebird

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    That's an insult to women like DC Fontana, Jeri Taylor, Melinda Snodgrass, Lisa Klink, Judith Reeves-Stevens, and many other female writers that have crafted Star Trek episodes over the past 50 years.
     
  19. The Habs Fan

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    And might I remind everyone looking at these writers' past writing credits that some of the best writers in Star Trek: Ronald D. Moore, Brannon Braga, Robert Hewitt Wolfe, Rene Echevarria, Naren Shankar, Michael Taylor, Bryan Fuller, Robert Doherty, and I can go on... all had no prior credits before being hired. Most of them weren't writers in the first place and were hired through the spec script policy. (Some of the exceptions being Brannon Braga, who was a writing intern and Naren Shankar, who was the science consultant.)

    All of these writers also had success after Star Trek.
     
  20. Starbreaker

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    Making feminist arguments out of nothing. Reign and Revenge are total soap opera pieces of crap no matter what Dorothy Fontana did.