Emmy Award-winning “Star Trek” producer and writer Rick Berman has inked an exclusive, five-year, multimillion-dollar overall development deal with Paramount’s Motion Picture and TV Groups.
Par will bankroll the newly created Rick Berman Prods. Inc., which is charged with developing and producing feature films, TV series and telefilms for network, syndication, cable, pay TV and new media ventures.
While his projects will not exclusively be related to Par’s highly profitable “Star Trek” franchise, Berman will pro-vide creative input into projects for Paramount Parks, including “Star Trek: The Experience,” which will be pro-duced in association with Hilton Hotels and will open this summer in Las Vegas.
Par would not provide specific terms of the Berman deal, but sources said it is worth “multiple millions per year,” and it “is one of the largest deals ever done in the hour-series business.”
Berman is credited with maintaining and revitalizing the “Star Trek” franchise after the death of “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry. He was producer and co-story writer on the feature “Star Trek Generations” and “Star Trek: First Contact,” which has grossed nearly $140 million to date worldwide. He also is currently developing the ninth ‘Star Trek” feature.
On the TV side, Berman is co-creator and executive producer of the syndie weekly hour “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” and UPN’s flagship series “Star Trek: Voyager.” He formerly served as executive producer of ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation,” which became the first syndicated series this decade to be nominated for an outstanding drama series Emmy Award.
Berman joined Par in 1984 as director of current programming, overseeing series such as “Cheers” and “Family Ties.” He also served as executive director of drama programming, overseeing the miniseries “Space” and the ABC series “MacGyver.” In 1986, he was upped to VP of longform and special projects for Par Network TV. Prior to working at Par, Berman was a director of drama development at Warner Bros.
Brokering the deal for Par were Kerry McCluggage, chairman of the TV Group, and Sherry Lansing, chairman of the Motion Picture Group. Negotiating for Berman was Skip Brittenham, a partner in Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca & Fischer.