Rod Roddenberry, son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, and the COO of Roddenberry Entertainment, Trevor Roth, have both been named as executive producers for CBS’s upcoming Star Trek series. The pair join Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, and Bryan Fuller in the executive producer lineup.
“Gene Roddenberry, the Great Bird of the Galaxy, left a finely feathered nest for all who love Star Trek to enjoy,” Bryan Fuller said in a statement. “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.”
Rod Roddenberry has carried on his father’s legacy via Roddenberry Entertainment, a company that has helped produce a number of science fiction films and comics, including Rod’s own documentary Trek Nation in which Rod explores his father’s impact on the world. According to the company’s mission statement:
Roddenberry Entertainment is a science fiction leader, passionate about providing thought-provoking, quality science fiction to audiences around the world. We create substantive entertainment, carrying on the legacy that was handed down by our founder Gene Roddenberry. Roddenberry is devoted to producing viewer-centric entertainment that actively recognizes the central role that those watching play in the creation of any concept. We strive to create entertainment that surpasses the objective of entertaining; providing people and opportunity to think, question and challenge the status quo of the world in which we live.
Roddenberry’s statement to the press regarding his new appointment as executive producer is another indication that the new Star Trek series wants to bring the franchise back to it’s “roots” exploring the human condition:
“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,” Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry said. “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 tenants of Star Trek’s legacy while bringing it to audiences in a new era and on a contemporary platform.”