Star Trek Producer Alex Kurtzmann Extends Contract with CBS

Star Trek Producer Alex Kurtzmann Extends Contract with CBS

Alex Kurtzman, producer of Paramount Plus’s Star Trek series and other projects, will stay on with ViacomCBS and Paramount Plus through 2026.

Alex Kurtzman will continue his run producing Star Trek with CBS for at least another 5 years. The producer, director, and writer has worked on the Star Trek franchise since 2009, beginning as a co-writer and executive producer for the 11th franchise film directed by  J.J. Abrams. Kurtzman also co-wrote and produced Star Trek Into Darkness in 2013. In 2017, Kurtzman produced his first of three Star Trek TV series for CBS, all of which have been well received.

Per Variety, Kurtzman and CBS are renewing their contract until 2026. The TV deal is with both CBS Studios and Paramount Plus, both subsidiaries of ViacomCBS. Secret Hideout, Kurtzman’s production company, will continue to add shows with the help of new hires. All of Kurtzman’s Star Trek series have been produced through Secret Hideout, including DiscoveryShort Treks, and Picard. Commenting on the deal, Kurtzman praised CBS for encouraging creative exploration:

CBS Studios has been my home for over a decade because the incomparable David Stapf always finds a way to demonstrate his decency and creative passion, not just for the work we do, but for the many people who do it.

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Star Trek: Lower Decks, an adult animated series, is currently streaming on Paramount Plus. Star Trek: Prodigy, another animated series, is ramping up to a premiere on Nickelodeon and Paramount Plus. The live-action series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds just wrapped principal photography in July. Section 31, a Star Trek spinoff centered around Michelle Yeoh, has been re-confirmed as still forthcoming. With three completed Star Trek shows under its umbrella, one currently airing, and two on the way, it’s no surprise that CBS has made the franchise a top priority.

Under content director Heather Kadin, the Secret Hideout banner has also worked on a variety of dramas for ViacomCBS since 2016 including Clarice and The Comey Rule. Secret Hideout’s sci-fi series The Man Who Fell to Earth is scheduled to air on Showtime next year. Kurtzman’s contributions to CBS date back to 2010 and include the Hawaii Five-0 reboot, Scorpion, and, Salvation. Next up, the producer is working on a biographical series about Lena Horne for Showtime.

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Source: Variety

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