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August 14, 1965
Brannon Braga (born August 14, 1965) is an American television producer, director and screenwriter currently serving as an executive producer on the Fox primetime series, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a re-launch of the iconic 1980 miniseries hosted byCarl Sagan. Best known for his work on one of the most enduring pop culture fixtures, Star Trek, Braga was a key creative force behind three of the four modern series within the top-rated franchise. He later became an executive producer and writer on popularFox shows including the award-winning drama series, 24, and most recently, the epic Steven Spielberg family adventure, Terra Nova.
Braga started out as an intern on Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1990, eventually becoming an executive producer on that series. He was part of the creative team nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in 1994 for Outstanding Drama Series, and won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation in 1995 for his work on the series finale, "All Good Things..." along with longtime collaborator Ronald D. Moore. His credits on that series include a number of popular episodes including "Cause and Effect", "Frame of Mind" and "Parallels".
He then moved down the hallway to join Star Trek: Voyager as a producer and was tapped to serve as Executive Producer the following year. He served as showrunner for Voyager until the end of the sixth season when he moved to Star Trek Enterprise. He meanwhile teamed up with Moore to write two Star Trek feature films – Star Trek Generations and Star Trek: First Contact. They would later join forces to develop the Mission: Impossible II screenplay. He went on to co-create the final Trek television series, Star Trek: Enterprise, and led that series as Executive Producer until its fourth and final season.
Before the cancellation of Star Trek: Enterprise Braga co-created the CBS science fiction drama series Threshold, he was brought on as an Executive Producer and writer on theFox real time action/drama series, 24, penning episodes in the seventh and eight seasons. He was also an Executive Producer and writer on the ABC 2009 science fiction seriesFlashForward.
While at the helm of Terra Nova, Braga was approached to co-write a four-part comic book series Star Trek: The Next Generation: Hive for IDW, which made its debut in 2012.
Braga was the producer and one of the directors of the 2014 science education series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a sequel to the 1980 series Cosmos: A Personal Voyagethat was hosted by Carl Sagan. The project saw Braga collaborating with the original series' writer and Sagan's widow, Ann Druyan, executive producer Seth MacFarlane and host Neil DeGrasse Tyson. The 13-episode series premiered March 9, 2014 and received mostly positive reaction from critics and viewers. Braga was nominated for an Emmy for his work on the show. The following month saw the premiere of the historical fantasy drama television series Salem, which Braga co-created with Adam Simon, and on which he serves as one of the executive producers. He directed 2014 the Marilyn Manson music video Cupid Carries a Gun of the The Pale Emperor album.
During production of Star Trek Voyager, Braga dated star Jeri Ryan a couple of years after she joined the cast in the fourth season. Between February and November 2000, they were stalked by Marlon Estacio Pagtakhan, who was convicted for harassment and threats in May 2001.According to the May 7, 2009 episode of the UK Crime channel series Crime Stories, Pagtakhan had letters stating that he was going to sexually assault Ryan and torture Braga.