About This Interview
Rick Berman was interviewed for three hours plus in his office at Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles, CA. He talked about his early years in television, where he worked as a producer on documentary series and specials including The Big Blue Marble . He talked about his move to Los Angeles and working as a development executive before being tapped by Gene Roddenberry to work on his new series. He recounted his involvement in launching — Star Trek: The Next Generation , and his long association with the subsequent franchise in both television and feature films. He gave his impressions of series creator Gene Roddenberry and talked about Roddenberry's vision of a hopeful future for mankind. He discussed taking the reigns of the series following Roddenberry's death and his association as both a producer and co-creator of the later Star Trek series: Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise . For each of these series he outlined the premise and spoke in-depth about the cast members and their characters. The interview was conducted by Jennifer Howard on May 31, 2006.