Gene Roddenberry’s son Rod has joined the team behind new Star Trek television series which is due for release in early 2017.
Roddenberry heads up Roddenberry Entertainment, the production company founded by his father in 1967 which will co-produce the series alongside CBS Television Studios, Secret Hideout and Living Dead Guy Productions.
He and Roddenberry Entertainment COO Trevor Roth will join Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin and Bryan Fuller as the show’s executive producers, Fuller was also recently named as showrunner.
The new series will launch with a special preview broadcast on the CBS Television Network in early 2017 with all subsequent first-run episodes available exclusively in the United States on CBS All Access, the Network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service.
International broadcast deals are expected to be announced in the coming months.
“Gene Roddenberry, the Great Bird of the Galaxy, left a finely feathered nest for all who love ‘Star Trek’ to enjoy,” said Bryan Fuller, Executive Producer.
“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,” said Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, Executive Producer of the series and President of Roddenberry Entertainment.
“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.”
“Star Trek” will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout, Fuller’s Living Dead Guy Productions and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth will serve as executive producers.