Brannon Braga (/ ˈ b r ɑː ɡ ə /; born August 14, 1965) is an American television producer, director and screenwriter.Best known for his work in the Star Trek franchise, Braga was a key creative force behind three of the franchise's live action series.
Brannon Braga, Writer: Star Trek: Generations. Brannon Braga was born on August 14, 1965 in Bozeman, Montana, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Star Trek: Generations (1994), Star Trek: First Contact (1996) and Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).
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Brannon Braga was born on August 14, 1965 in Bozeman, Montana, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Star Trek: Generations (1994), Star Trek: First Contact (1996) and Flashforward (2009).
- Later career
- Awards and nominations
A twenty-five year old youth, Brannon Braga started working on Star Trek in 1990 as a writer/producer on The Next Generation, it being his first professional employment within the motion picture industry. Braga was recognized for his work on the Star Trek franchise with eight award nominations, winning two of them. In all, he has written or co-written 109 Star Trek television episodes with two additional movie writing co-credits to boot, more than anyone else in the history of the franchise.  On his first day as an intern, Brannon Braga already met his future mentor Michael Piller, who was working on \\"The Best of Both Worlds, Part II\\" at the time; \\"I came in just at the right time,\\" he recalled later.  Actually, it was Piller who picked him out of a group of finalists of an internship program in script writing offered by the Academy of Televison Arts & Sciences at the university Braga was attending in his final year in 1990. After an eight-week internship period at the studio, Braga was hired \\"on staff\\" at the writing department, the episode \\"Reunion\\" becoming his first official co-credit and with \\"Identity Crisis\\" as his first solo teleplay credit.  As a writer/producer on The Next Generation, Braga was responsible for some of the most popular episodes including the series finale \\"All Good Things...\\". For this episode he won the Hugo Award for excellence in science fiction writing, along with Ronald D. Moore.
Braga is a big fan of directors Roman Polanski and David Lynch and their way to create mysterious atmospheres. As a result he was very happy with the way the seventh season episode \\"Genesis\\" was brought up. (TNG Season 7 DVD-special feature, \\"Departmental Briefing Year Seven: Production\\") Braga also co-wrote the movies Generations (1994) and First Contact (1996). For the sixth season episode \\"Birthright, Part II\\", Braga wrote the lyrics for the Klingon aria with music composed by Jay Chattaway.
At the conclusion of the sixth season of the series, Piller asked Braga to move over to his co-creation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, but Braga wanted to \\"(...)see Next Generation through to the end and I am glad I did because Ron [Moore] and I wrote the final episode [\\"All Good Things\\"], which was probably our best work on that show.\\"  Deep Space Nine therefore remained the only spin-off television production Braga did not work on, though he did write a couple of Deep Space Nine-scenes featuring Julian Bashir for the episode \\"Birthright, Part I\\". Having declared the series \\"terrific\\" and \\"an amazing television show\\", Braga acknowledged its \\"middle child\\" status, when he commented, \\"Personally, with Deep Space Nine, I don't think Voyager should have come on the air so quickly. I think Deep Space Nine should have been on its own for a while.\\"  Nevertheless, his decision to stick with The Next Generation did result in him being promoted to co-producer for its last season and his first television award. After having completed \\"All Good Things...\\", Brannon Braga immediately set to work with partner Moore and Rick Berman writing the first Next Generation film, with the missive that it somehow featured the \\"passing the baton from one generation to another\\". For Braga, as it was for Moore, it was their first motion picture assignment, \\"Writing the movies, those were amazing experiences. It was a different kind of storytelling. It was an opportunity to write feature films, which I'd always wanted to do. It led to some other feature work. Ron and I were new writers and we'd never written a movie before when we did Generation[s]. We were trying to serve a lot of masters and we were passing the baton from one generation to another. I didn't turn out as well as I would have liked.\\"  While generally well received, Braga was referring to the ending of the movie, as not only fans but also Spock performer Leonard Nimoy (who had declined both appearing in, and directing the feature, partly for this reason (X)) took exception to the demise of Captain James T. Kirk as being unceremonious. \\"The decision to \\"kill Kirk\\" was a complex one, made by many people, including Shatner himself [note: confirmed by the latter in his autobiography Star Trek Movie Memories], who was heavily involved in the process of developing that script. I don't remember where the idea originally came from, but I can tell you that everyone was on board. It seemed a fitting way to \\"pass the baton\\" to a new generation and a final farewell to Shatner's character. But I dont argue that his mode of death was less than overwhelming.,\\" defended Braga , adding at a later point, \\"I don't want to speak for Ron or for Rick Berman, but I think that Kirk and Picard should have been locked in battle on spaceships, on their respective bridges, and not cooking eggs. I can say that now that enough time has passed. I just don't think it was the right second half of the movie, personally. If a fan wants to sit down and watch Generations with the commentary Ron and I did for the DVD, we're pretty honest about what we liked and don't like about that film.\\"  As it turned out, Braga even considered resurrecting Kirk, \\"Kirk back from the grave? Hell, yeah. I even noodled a story that would do that on Voyager. Involved the Klingon hijacking of a modern-day 747 (and some time travel of course). Never wrote it, though.\\" 
Though the series as a whole was by the fans received with somewhat mixed feelings, Braga was, predominantly in conjunction with Writer Joe Menosky, responsible for some of its best received episodes, most notably including the two-part episodes, \\"Scorpion\\", \\"Year of Hell\\", \\"Equinox\\" and \\"Unimatrix Zero\\". Braga had reveled in working with Menosky, later emphatically stating, \\"Joe Menosky was brilliant. He and I wrote what I thought were some of the best ever episodes. Feel free to disagree, but if you look at those 2-parters we did...cool stuff.\\"  Braga himself had stated that he \\"had the most fun\\" working on Voyager, and cited the two-parter \\"Dark Frontier\\" and \\"Someone to Watch Over Me\\" as the episodes he considered his best work , on another occasion adding \\"Timeless\\" and \\"Deadlock\\", but also citing \\"Threshold\\" as \\"the one I'd just as soon forget\\". 
In 1999, Brannon Braga began work on Star Trek: Enterprise as the series' co-creator with Rick Berman (leaving Kenneth Biller to take over the production of Voyager), and had become Star Trek's \\"number two man\\" behind Berman. Unlike his former writing partner Ron Moore, Braga has never been a Star Trek: The Original Series fan, and it was for this reason that he had earlier turned the writing chore for the Next Generation homage episode \\"Relics\\", which was originally slated to be his, over to Moore, or as he himself had put it, \\"I knew I couldn't possibly write it. I didn't even know who Scotty was. This was a Ron [Moore] show.\\" (Cinefantastique, Vol. 24, issue 3/4, p. 22) Braga not being a \\"Trekkie\\" was not lost on Writer/Journalist Mark A. Altman, who had recorded his \\"Relics\\" statement for Cinefantastique magazine, as he subsequently offered rather acerbically in 1999 when Voyager was in production, \\"The dirty little secret is Berman and the people running Star Trek right now hate The Original Series and hate being compared to it. They are not people who have any affection for the old show. When Harve Bennett and Nick Meyer took over the franchise for Star Trek II, they went back and looked at every episode of The Original Series and learned everything they could about what worked and what didn't. When these guys [Berman and writer Brannon Braga] took over, they hated the original and resented being in the shadow and avoided watching it. They'd be happy if people forgot the original, and that's unfortunate.\\" (X) His admitted lack of understanding of original Star Trek-lore however, backfired on his work on Enterprise, as he was held co-responsible for the dismal performance of the series in its first three seasons, due to the perceived canon violations in established continuity which, as it turned out, even though Ron Moore resigned over it, had not been an issue of note for Voyager, due to that show's premise, and despite Altman's assessment.
Actually, when the new series was announced less than a year later, there were those who feared that the franchise would overstretch itself. When interviewed by TV Guide, Altman, even though he was and is a life-long Star Trek fan, additionally expressed his great doubt and was not convinced of the viability of the franchise when a fifth, prequel series was announced, what eventually was to become Enterprise, being on record as having stated, \\"People are sick of Star Trek. But rather than give the franchise a rest and re-launch in a few years when fervor has built again, Paramount is going to run it into the ground until it's dead.\\"  He was not alone in this assessment as Star Trek legend Robert Justman had in effect already voiced similar concerns earlier, in regard to Voyager; \\"(...)less is more,\\" stated Justman, \\"I think the show has been flogged unmercifully and its going to rebound. The reaction is essentially going to be a negative reaction. If it is around in another 30 years, I don't think it's going to resemble what it has been in the past.\\" (X) Events however, would prove them largely right, and Braga came to concur with them to a large extent in later years, \\"Star Trek was wearing out its welcome. Rick Berman didn't want to make a show so soon but Paramount [Television] did. I think it was too soon for another show. It was a quality show, but the ratings weren't really what they should be. And I don't think the network the new regime [at UPN] I dont think they treated the show with the tender loving care that it needed to thrive.\\" 
With the additional failure of Star Trek Nemesis (on which Braga had not worked incidentally, he deciding to focus all his energy on the television show, just as he had done with the prior one) at the box office in 2002, outspoken critics vehemently clamored for the removal of the \\"current leadership of the franchise from their positions, including Rick Berman, Brannon Braga, and their entire staff\\". (X) At the end of the third season of Enterprise, Paramount and UPN indicated its cancellation and the apparent end of Berman's tenure as the overseer of Star Trek productions. Whether or not influenced by the vocal criticism, and though retaining their official credit, both men were indeed essentially relegated to the role of figureheads by franchise management at the end of the third season, their relinquished places de facto filled for the remaining season by Manny Coto and Mike Sussman, under whose tenure as show runners much of the perceived continuity violations was redressed, aided by writers such as Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens, who, like them, had an equally thorough understanding of the original Star Trek-mythology.
While the season as a whole was generally very well received by the fans though it did not save the series, as its cancellation had already been decided upon both Berman and Braga yet again took firmly hold of the reins when it came to producing the last episode, \\"These Are the Voyages...\\", also turning out to be the very last of the entire television franchise for the time being. Intended to be \\"a valentine to all the Star Trek shows\\", as Braga had put it in 2007 at the below-mentioned VegasCon, the well-meant intention was again met with intense criticism, again resulting in a violent backlash from production staffers and fans alike, causing Berman to admit years later, \\"I would have never done it if I had known how people were going to react.\\"  In 2013, Braga made the even more unusual, but equally magnanimous, gesture of prostration by openly apologizing for the episode to cast and crew of Enterprise, conceding that he and Berman had made a \\"narcissistic move\\" in trying to make the episode a \\"valentine\\" to Star Trek. He also called it \\"a crappy episode\\" (ENT Season 2 Blu-ray-special feature, In Conversation: The First Crew), and \\"an idiotic move on my part\\" in 2014, having caused \\"(...) the only time Scott Bakula got pissed off at me\\". 
On addressing similar concerns leveled against them in regard to Enterprise, Braga has stated, \\"I suppose I did (along with Rick and the other writers) infuse Trek with a few sexual moments over the years. Took a lot of flack for Sevens catsuit. But you know, Roddenberry's Trek universe had an undercurrent of sexuality. He established it in the original series with episodes like \\"The Cage\\". Orion slave girls anyone? [note: as a matter of fact reintroduced by Coto in the lauded fourth season, albeit with a twist] How about Kirk's escapades? And is the catsuit any more offensive than those miniskirts? Roddenberry took some criticism for some of this, I realize; especially for being sexist at times, as in \\"Turnabout Intruder\\", where he established that women could not command starships. But we always did it in the spirit of fun and exploration. What's wrong with Vulcan neuro-pressure, I ask you? What's so insulting about creating moments of physical intimacy for the characters? Star Trek explores all dimensions of humanity, and sexuality is arguably one of the most prominent. I will concede, however, that Hoshi losing her shirt was a bit \\"Girls Gone Wild\\" [note: in \\"Shockwave, Part II\\"],\\" and pointing out some hypocrisy, \\"But then, Trip in his blue underwear didn't seem to get a lot of complaints. Just ask Connor Trinneer. Entire websites have been erected in honor of his skivvies.\\" 
Though Braga has conceded that \\"[w]ould I change anything? Of course! Hell, man, if I could travel back to 1999 I would change a lot of things. (...) There are certain episodes that are really stinky that I wish I hadn't done, but how can I go back and change that. There were also episodes that turned out great that we thought were going to be terrible,\\"  and that the series \\"(..) needed Manny Coto. I wish he had been there since season one. That fourth season should have been the first season. It was really what the show was always supposed to be and I didn't until Manny came in and put his imprint on it,\\"  he remained steadfast in his pride and defense of the series as a whole. He took exception to the persistent \\"violations in established continuity\\" allegations, \\"Contrary to some people's opinions we paid very close attention to continuity. There has always been a perception that we spit in the face of Star Trek canon and nothing could be further from the truth.\\"  Sources of pride for him were the episodes \\"Dear Doctor\\", \\"Stigma\\" (for its AIDS allegory theme), as well as the entire third season Xindi story line, having called it \\"(...) really cool, (...) a science fiction concept I'd never seen before\\". \\"Terra Nova\\" was cited by Braga as his least favorite episode, deeming it too boring. 
The \\"dude\\" Braga was apologizing to was an aspiring writer, who, under the blogname \\"Stefanbkk\\", had in the same blog session described a \\"pitch session from hell\\" experience to the Star Trek producers and writing staff,
His three main writing collaborators on the Star Trek franchise, in chronological order, were Ronald D. Moore, Joe Menosky, and Rick Berman, for the television properties The Next Generation, Voyager, and Enterprise respectively, while the first and the latter were his main writing collaborators for the movie properties Generations and First Contact.
The controversy surrounding Enterprise has somewhat overshadowed his previous Star Trek work for a time, but as fan reactions on TrekMovie.com have shown, Braga's more endearing work for the franchise is in the process of being reaffirmed, as was exemplified by blog master Anthony Pascale who summarized, \\"I know that it seems to be some kind of accepted blood sport to rag on Brannon Braga and Rick Berman. However (as I have noted before), Braga was part of some of the best Trek ever. Besides the \\"highs\\" mentioned above, Braga was behind what are sure to be top episodes in each of the three series he worked on such as TNG's \\"Parallels\\", VOY's \\"Year of Hell,\\" or ENT's \\"Zero Hour\\". I wish many things (especially with VOY and ENT) were different (and apparently he agrees), but I also try and look at his career with Trek in the context of the full body of work\\".
During his stay on the Star Trek franchise, Braga made one contribution to a non-Star Trek production, when he co-wrote a first draft for the 2000 theatrical feature Mission: Impossible II (which was rapidly becoming a hugely successful, reemerging Mission: Impossible franchise for Paramount Pictures see also Paramount Pictures: Footnote 8), once again in collaboration with Ron D. Moore.
After his tenure on the Star Trek franchise ended, Braga worked on various other television projects. In 2005, he was the executive producer of the CBS science fiction series Threshold (co-starring Brent Spiner), which was canceled after thirteen episodes (of which only nine were aired). Braga also wrote the first two episodes of the series.
In 2009, Braga co-created the series FlashForward, where he also served as executive producer and wrote the first two episodes. In 2012, he served as executive producer and writer on Terra Nova, a science fiction action series, reuniting him with René Echevarria and April Nocifora. Both shows were canceled after one season, though FlashForward's episode \\"No More Good Days\\" netted him an additional 2010 Hugo Award nomination. From 2009-2010, Braga worked on FOX's hit series 24, as a writer and Executive Producer, working alongside former Enterprise writer/producer Manny Coto on several scripts. He is also credited for the television film 24: Redemption as co-executive producer. Star Trek: The Next Generation Hive had not been Braga's first foray into the world of comics; in the same period he co-authored the four-issue 2010 miniseries Iron Man vs. Whiplash for Marvel Comics. Braga's more recent work is credited as Executive Producer and Director for the 2014 docu-series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson), the updated and modernized remake of Carl Sagan's 1980 series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage (featuring visual effects from Magicam, Inc.).  As he had explained above, he approached this project with a particular zeal, and it did net him no less than five 2014-2015 award nominations, one of which, a 2015 PGA Award, won, and most of them shared with Seth MacFarlane, who served as one of the series' executive producers. Braga has subsequently started work as an executive producer on the 2014 fantasy television series Salem, which he had co-created. As of 2017, Braga has been working as Executive Producer and occasional Director on the Sci-fi series, The Orville. The series is about space exploration set similarly to Star Trek from Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy and Rivers on Enterprise. The show contains comedy elements and has been described by some sources an homage to the Star Trek franchise, though Braga himself states the series \\"is aiming to tell stories that ride the line between drama and comedy, with an eye toward earnestness.\\"
For his work on Star Trek Braga received the following awards and nominations in the various writing categories.
Braga received the following Emmy Award nomination in the category \\"Outstanding Drama Series\\": Braga received the following Hugo Award and nominations in the category Best Dramatic Presentation Braga received the following Saturn Award nomination in the category Best Writer
Braga received the following Universe Reader's Choice Award in the category Best Writing for a Genre Motion Picture
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Mar 22, 2021 · Brannon Braga is an American television producer, director, and screenwriter. Brannon is the son of Scherry and John Braga. Brannon’s paternal grandfather was Felix John Braga (the son of Antonio/Anthony Braga and Angelina Toti). Felix was born in Minnesota, to Italian parents.