‘Salem & Star Trek’ Executive Producer Brannon Braga & ‘Supernatural’ Star Jim Beaver

BRANNON BRAGA (Series Creator/Executive Producer/Writer)

Emmy-nominated Brannon Braga serves as co-creator, executive producer and writer on Salem, WGN America’s hit supernatural thriller and the network’s first original scripted series, which premiered April 20, 2014. Set in the volatile world of 17th-century Massachusetts, Salem explores what really fueled the infamous witch trials, uncovering the suspenseful, supernatural truth of this dark period in American history.

Braga is also an executive producer and director on FOX’s relaunch of Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, the iconic 1980 television miniseries from Carl Sagan. Most recently, Braga served as executive producer and writer on FOX’s Terra Nova along with Steven Spielberg.

Prior to that, Braga was an executive producer and writer on the award-winning drama series 24. Braga also created Flashforward and served as an executive producer on the series. Previously, he worked as writer and executive producer on the science fiction drama series Threshold.

Braga was a key creative force in one of the most enduring and well-known science fiction franchises as a creator, writer and executive producer of more than 300 episodes of the Star Trek television series. For more than 13 years collectively, he worked on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise. His film credits include Mission: Impossible II, Star Trek: Generations and Star Trek: First Contact. In 1990, Braga received the prestigious Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Internship, which led to his involvement with Star Trek.

Jim Beaver is an American character actor, best known for his leading roles on the TV series Deadwood (2004) and Supernatural (2005).

Nominated along with other cast members of Deadwood for a 2006 Screen Actors Guild Award, he found his career in high gear following that series. From it he moved to the popular father-figure role of demon hunter Bobby Singer onSupernatural (2005), a part that brought him a worldwide fan base and a secondary career making personal appearances.

He has continued to write plays and, between acting jobs, to work on the George Reeves project, now planned as a book. He served as biographical consultant on Reeves for the semi-biopic Hollywoodland (2006).

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