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Brandon Tartikoff
Birth name: Brandon Donald Tartikoff
Gender: Male
Date of birth: 13 January 1949
Place of birth: Freeport, New York, USA
Date of death: 27 August 1997
Place of death: Los Angeles, California, USA
Roles: Studio Executive
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...and as he is tributed

...and as he is tributed

Brandon Donald Tartikoff (13 January 194927 August 1997; age 48) was the Chairman of Paramount Pictures from 1991 to 1992.

With the success of the six (at the time) Star Trek films and Star Trek: The Next Generation, he approached Rick Berman and Michael Piller and asked them to create a third live action Star Trek series to launch into syndication. Berman and Piller returned to the series notes that they had previously discussed with Gene Roddenberry, and worked up a proposal, which Tartikoff later approved, for what would become Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. (Trek: The Unauthorized Behind-The-Scenes Story of The Next Generation, DS9 Season 1 DVD special "A Bold New Beginning")

By initiating a third Star Trek television series, Tartikoff has actually reverted his stance he originally had in 1987, when Paramount's Television Group President John S. Pike had approached him as head of NBC (the network that had aired Star Trek: The Original Series), to air a new science fiction television series, The Next Generation, that was in development at the time. On that occasion Tartikoff had declined, as interest in science fiction for television was at an all time low at the time (after The Next Generation started its run, it was for years the only new science fiction series being aired). (William Shatner Presents: Chaos on the Bridge)

Upon his passing, Tartikoff was tributed by Deep Space Nine's production staff with an "In Memory of" closing title card in the season six episode, "A Time to Stand".

Career outside Star TrekEdit

Prior to helming Paramount, Tartikoff was the president of NBC Entertainment from 1980 to 1991, where he was responsible for bringing NBC out of a ratings slump with innovative programming such as The Cosby Show, Family Ties, Cheers (whose cast members included Kelsey Grammer and Kirstie Alley) and most notably the acclaimed comedy series Seinfeld (whose regular cast included Jason Alexander and whose season nine episode "The Butter Shave", also carried the "In Memory of" closing title card, as featured in the Deep Space Nine episode, even though he no longer worked for NBC). He also took on a very active role in the production of Saturday Night Live (among the new cast members whose hiring he approved was Charles Rocket), and hosted the show in 1983, while Joe Piscopo was a member of the cast.

Tartikoff died in 1997 from complications of Hodgkin's lymphoma, and the DS9 sixth season opener "A Time to Stand" was dedicated to his memory.

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