Goldsman, Akiva

Caption: Goldsman at San Diego Comic-Con

Star Trek: Discovery

Episode: DSC 101 - The Vulcan Hello

Oscar winner and longtime Star Trek fan Akiva Goldsman is a writer-producer-director at ease in the realms of both television and film. Currently an executive producer and director on Star Trek: Discovery, the native New Yorker counts among his many credits The Client, Batman Forever, Deep Blue Sea, A Beautiful Mind (for which he won his Academy Award), Cinderella Man, The Da Vinci Code, I Am Legend, Fringe (which he also directed, even putting Leonard Nimoy through his paces), Childhood's End, Winter's Tale (which he also directed), Underground, Insurgent and The Dark Tower

Goldsman also occasionally steps in front of the camera, and he leveraged his friendship with J.J. Abrams, with whom he'd worked on Fringe, to land small roles as a Vulcan Council Member in Star Trek (2009) and a Starfleet Admiral in Star Trek Into Darkness. "I basically begged," Goldmsan told StarTrek.com in a 2014 interview. As for his appreciation of Trek, he said, "I am a dyed-in-the-wool, diehard, 1000-percent Trekkie, and I say Trekkie, not Trekker, and I don’t care what the nomenclature has become. I think my first Star Trek convention was at the Statler Hilton Hotel in 1977 or 1978. I grew up in Brooklyn, and what you saw (of Star Trek) was on WPIX, Channel 11, and you watched it at 7 every night. I’m not quite old enough, I don’t think, to ever remember having seen it in primetime. But I picked it up very quickly in syndication. I remember going to the Star Trek conventions to see the actual colors, because it was the first time we ever saw it projected. I remember seeing blooper reel for the first time. 

"So, I loved the show," Goldsman continued. "It was tied to early adolescent liberation, just personally. I’ve just been obsessed with it my whole life."

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