Eugene “Rod” Rodenberry, the son of “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry, has joined the new “Star Trek” series from CBS Television as an executive producer, TheWrap has learned.
Roddenberry (pictured above), who serves as the president of Roddenberry Entertainment, will be joined by Trevor Roth, the company’s COO, who will also serve as an executive producer.
“Gene Roddenberry, the Great Bird of the Galaxy, left a finely feathered nest for all who love ‘Star Trek’ to enjoy,” series showrunner Bryan Fuller said. “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.”
Roddenberry Entertainment, the production company Gene Roddenberry created in 1967, will also co-produce the new “Star Trek” television series alongside CBS Television Studios, Secret Hideout and Living Dead Guy Productions.
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 “Star Trek” franchise will also be distributed concurrently for television and multiple platforms around the world by CBS Studios International.
“Star Trek” will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Alex Kurtzman‘s Secret Hideout, Fuller’s Living Dead Guy Productions and Roddenberry Entertainment. Kurtzman, Fuller and Heather Kadin will all serve as executive producers along with Roddenberry and Roth.