Rod Roddenberry, son of legendary Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, and president of Roddenberry Entertainment, has joined the new Star Trek television series, along with COO Trevor Roth, as executive producer.
The pair join Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin and Bryan Fuller, who was previously announced as the new series showrunner.
“Gene Roddenberry, the Great Bird of the Galaxy, left a finely feathered nest for all who love Star Trek to enjoy,” said Fuller in a statement earlier today.
“And it is only fitting that Rod Roddenberry and Roddenberry Entertainment join our new Trek adventure to ensure that his father’s legacy of hope for the future and infinite diversity in infinite combinations runs through our tales as Gene Roddenberry intended.”
“Moral dilemmas, human issues, complex characters and a genuine sense of optimism: These are the cornerstones of Star Trek and are what have made it such an influential and beloved franchise for the last 50 years,” added Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry.
“While I will always be humbled by its legacy and the legions of fans who are its guardians, it’s a genuine honor to be joining a team of imaginative and incredibly capable individuals whose endeavor it is to uphold the tenets of Star Trek’s legacy while bringing it to audiences in a new era and on a contemporary platform.”
The new series will launch with a special preview broadcast on the CBS Television Network in early 2017.
The premiere episode and all subsequent first-run episodes will then be available exclusively in the United States on CBS All Access, the Network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service.
The new Star Trek series marks the first original series developed for CBS All Access.
The next chapter in the franchise will also be distributed concurrently for television and multiple platforms around the world by CBS Studios International.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, one of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time. The original series spawned a dozen feature films and five successful television series. Half a century later, the Star Trek television series are licensed on a variety of different platforms in more than 190 countries, and the franchise still generates more than 1 billion social media impressions every month.
Roddenberry Entertainment, the production company Gene Roddenberry created in 1967 will also co-produce the new television series alongside CBS Television Studios, Secret Hideout and Living Dead Guy Productions.