David Semel is set to direct and executive produce the opening episode of the upcoming Star Trek reboot series. The episode will air on CBS for a broadcast debut of the series in January 2017, before it moves to its permanent home, CBS All Access.
Created by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman, the new Star Trek hails from CBS TV Studios where Semel is under an overall deal. Semel has a strong track record at CBS, helming three consecutive pilots that have gone to series which will be on the network’s fall schedule: returning Madam Secretary and Code Black and new medical drama Pure Genius. Other pilots he has directed that have gone to series include CBS’ Person Of Interest and Intelligence as well as Heroes, Legends, No Ordinary Family and American Dreams.
Semel also recently helmed the opening episodes of two high-profile straight-to-series Amazon drama series: breakout The Man In The High Castle, which has been renewed for a second season, and David E. Kelley’s upcoming Goliath starring Billy Bob Thornton.
Fuller, who serves as showrunner on the new Star Trek series, executive produces with Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth. More news about the show, which features new characters, is expected during the Star Trek Comic-Con panel on Saturday.
Semel is repped by WME and attorney Bruce Gellman.