Star Trek franchise captain Alex Kurtzman has extended his deal with CBS through 2026.
CBS announced that Kurtzman, under the Secret Hideout banner, has signed a new overall production and development deal. Under the new deal, Heather Kadin will remain as the head of the Secret Hideout content team, along with senior vice president Aaron Baiers and director of development Robyn Johnson.
In addition to the current slate of Star Trek content developed for Paramount Plus, CBS will have exclusive rights to develop and produce Secret Hideout content on all platforms.
Currently, Kurtzman’s Star Trek contributions include the Paramount Plus streaming series Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Lower Decks, the upcoming animated series Star Trek: Prodigy for Nickelodeon along with the Original Series prequel series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, which is set to launch sometime next year. Also in development is the Michelle Yeoh-led series Section 31 series.
“Extending our valuable partnership with the brilliant Alex Kurtzman and Secret Hideout has been a top priority for CBS and Paramount+,” said George Cheeks, President and CEO of CBS via press release. “Alex’s vision and leadership of the Star Trek franchise and his ability to create artistic and commercial series across all platforms put him in a special class of creative talent. His substantial accomplishments at CBS and the spirit of collaboration we enjoy with his team are greatly valued and we are excited to build on his already impressive slate far into the future.”
“Alex and Secret Hideout have been extraordinary partners who, through their prolific output of high-quality shows, have allowed our studio to grow exponentially,” said David Stapf, President, CBS Studios. “Alex’s vision and breadth of interest is unmatched as he and his team have re-ignited the Star Trek franchise with five (and counting) brilliantly unique series, while at the same time creating long-running hit series for both the Network and premium spaces. As an artist, Alex does it all. Not only is he a visionary who creates worlds, he has that rare skill of being able to write, direct, produce and inspire those who work with him to be the best version of themselves. We are so grateful to be extending our relationship together.”
Regarding the new deal, Kurtzman said “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. In David Nevins, I’ve found a rare breed executive with auteur taste and the guts to take chances, who’s encouraged us to create premium streaming and cable that pushes boundaries. And over the last year, I’ve had the extraordinary privilege of being eyewitness to the steady leadership George Cheeks has brought to CBS. He’s guided Secret Hideout, and me personally, with thoughtful care and strategic brilliance, as the rules of our business grow and change daily. As Secret Hideout expands its footprint across ViacomCBS, I can imagine no greater partners, and I’m so excited to tell more stories together for years to come.”
Kurtzman’s contributions to the franchise, which began with the 2009 reboot film, have been a hot-button topic within the Star Trek fandom. His work outside of Star Trek includes the television series Clarice, Hawaii Five-0, Instinct, Salvation, Scorpion, Sleepy Hollow, Fringe and Alias, along with feature films like The Mummy, Cowboys & Aliens, Watchmen, Transformers and Mission: Impossible III.
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August 2, 2021 at 5:59 am
This is terrible news. He’s systematically destroyed what make Star Trek the great franchise it is. It’s new idiotic, woke, generic sci-fi and the small new fanbase will abandon it like they did with JJ’s movies. You’ll then be left with a dead franchise.
Why would you abandon what is known to work well?
August 2, 2021 at 12:23 pm
i don’t know who to direct this to but it’s a star trek plea. please use William Shatner and HIS james kirk character in another vehicle. times a wasting. we are so lucky to have a healthy and very able Shatner available to play the character. weather a film, a cartoon or even a zoom, please bring him back to star trek. do it for the fans or do it for the universe. it’s a better one when james T kirk is around fighting for good.