Virtual Event Tomorrow: Star Trek & Television Writing Through the Ages

Upcoming free virtual event featuring Michelle Paradise, the co-showrunner of Star Trek: Discovery & Naren Shankar, co-showrunner of The Expanse.

We don’t talk too much sci-fi on this site, however a lot of paranormal theory overlaps with things that are now common sci-fi themes (prominent theories on ghost sightings and the origins of shadow people sightings are bleed-through from parallel dimensions and it seems like every Marvel movie is about the multiverse nowadays).

Anyway, I am admittedly not the biggest Sci-fi fan. Where I sit exactly is that “Brazil” is one of the best (and sadly largely forgotten) movies ever, I love Doctor Who & I’ll take Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide series in any format it’s presented.

I am so excited to partner with good friend, John Champion, who is co-host of the long-running Star Trek podcast, “Mission Log,” on an event produced by the International Screenwriters’ Association and Roddenberry Entertainment (so, ya know it’s official!). We will be talking about television writing in general, but within the scope of Star Trek, since that’s a series that has been a vital part of the television landscape since it premiered in the 1960s (thank you, Lucile Ball!). To preview the event, we welcomed John as our latest member of the Fantastic Story Society to discuss the event, Star Trek and skepticism (yup, we’ll welcome a skeptic on to a paranormal podcast!).

The event itself isn’t just John & I talking, but we’re joined by two very successful and active showrunners (the person who has overall creative authority and management responsibility for a television program). The event is free to virtually attend via Zoom or streaming on YouTube on Friday, June 24 at 2pm PT (4pm CT).

More detailed info on the event below & how to register, but first, here are links to the podcast preview we just released on the Fantastic Story Society:

Search for the Fantastic Story Society on any of your favorite podcast apps & please do let us know if the show isn’t appearing for you. Or, stream directly from one of the following links:

More info on the event:

Join us at 2pm PT on June 24 for Trekking Through TV: The Past and Future of Television Writing as we celebrate one of the most iconic shows in the history of television: Star Trek and also examine how television itself has changed since it first went live in 1966 to today.  

On June 24th we’re taking it to warp speed as we examine one of the most iconic franchises in the history of television: Star Trek. Our 60-minute mission – to discuss how television itself has changed since it first went live in 1966 to today.  Through the lens of Star Trek, we will explore how the business of television has changed, whether it’s the sensibilities of the viewing audience, or the nuts and bolts of how the writers room operates. Joining us to provide their insights regarding these different eras are Star Trek: Discovery co-show runner, Michelle Paradise, as well as Star Trek writer Naren Shankar (The Expanse).  This event is a co-production of the ISA and Roddenberry Entertainment, the name that brought you Star Trek. Our discussion will be co-hosted by ISA’s Senior Content Manager, Scott Markus, and John Champion, host of the popular Star Trek podcast, “Mission Log.”


  • How has TV changed?
  • How does a writers room operate?
  • Examine the Star Trek franchise with Star Trek: Discovery co-show runner, Michelle Paradise, and Star Trek writer and The Expanse show runner, Naren Shankar.


When: Friday, June 24th at 2:00pm PDT / 4:00pm CT

Where: Register with the ISA & you’ll receive a ZOOM – A link will be emailed to registrants before the event or on the ISA YouTube channel here:

Michelle Paradise 
Michelle Paradise is a writer, producer and actress. She created, wrote and starred in the short film “The Ten Rules” and the television series Exes and Ohs.  She subsequently became a writer and producer for the television series “The Originals” and “Star Trek: Discovery.”

Narendra Kanakaiah Shankar
Naren” Shankar is a writer, producer and director of several television series. He is co-showrunner of the Amazon Prime series “The Expanse.” He was also co-showrunner on the long-running CBS crime drama “CSI” and “Almost Human,” among others. As a writer and producer, Shankar has contributed with works for “Farscape,” “CSI,” “Night Visions,” “The Outer Limits,” “The Chronicle,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “seaQuest 2032,” “Grimm,” “Star Trek: Voyager,” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

John Champion
John Champion is the co-host of the long-running Star Trek podcast “Mission Log.” He’s also co-creator and co-host of the “DVD Geeks” podcast and is one of the creators of its predecessor, the DVD Geeks TV show. He also produced the unabashedly geeky web-series Bif! Bam! Pow! Wow!, numerous corporate and commercial videos and a number of DVD special features and behind-the-scenes featurettes.

A lifelong science fiction enthusiast, John has moderated panels and hosted special events at fan conventions. A number of years ago he started on a long series of video interviews and has produced segments featuring dozens of the creators and talents behind Star Trek.

Roddenberry Entertainment
Roddenberry Entertainment is a science fiction leader, passionately providing thought-provoking, quality genre entertainment that sustains the legacy of founder, Gene Roddenberry. They are devoted to producing viewer-centric entertainment that actively recognizes the integral role audiences play in the creation of any franchise, as well as the role substantive entertainment can play in bettering society. Their productions promote experience over observation; encouraging audiences to think, question and challenge the status quo of the world in which we live. 

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