Michael Piller, “Star Trek” creative exec and co-creator of “The Dead Zone,” died of cancer Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 57.
Piller served as creative consultant for “Star Trek: Voyager,” which he co-created, co-created “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and served as exec producer on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek: Voyager.” He also co-created and exec produced the UPN network series “Legend.”
In 1998, he wrote and co-produced “Star Trek: Insurrection,” the ninth installment in the “Star Trek” film series.
Piller partnered with his son Shawn Piller to form production company Piller2, and the father/son duo were co-creators of USA’s “The Dead Zone” and the ABC Family Channel’s “Wildfire.”
Piller graduated from the U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and began his broadcasting career with CBS News in New York. He served as managing editor of the WBTV-TV News in Charlotte, N.C., and assistant news director at WBBM Chicago. He worked as a censor in the CBS docudrama unit and then spent two years as a programming exec before leaving CBS to write full-time.
Credits as a writer-producer include “Simon & Simon,” “Cagney & Lacey” and “Miami Vice.” He also co-created and exec produced syndicated series “Group One Medical.”
Piller is survived by his wife, Sandra; a daughter and a son.