Rick Berman

Television producer Rick Berman

Richard Keith “Rick” Berman is an American television producer. He is most famous for his work as the executive producer of several of the Star Trek series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager; and, several of the Star Trek theatrical productions, and for succeeding Gene Roddenberry as head of the Star Trek franchise, until the cancellation of Star Trek: Enterprise in 2005.
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While Trump Was Dominating In Deep-Red Oklahoma, This Democrat Won A Landslide
Huffington Post - 12 months
As precinct data rolled into his war room at the Aloft Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City last November, Joe Maxwell realized his team had a landslide on its hands. He saw no need to delay the victory speeches, having been up since before daybreak orchestrating a statewide get-out-the-vote operation for what was expected to be a close contest. His team took the elevator to the rooftop bar, where about 50 small farmers gathered anxiously to watch the returns and, they hoped, celebrate. For the previous 14 months, they had battled a so-called “right to farm” ballot initiative, with Maxwell serving as “the general” (to quote his friends) of that campaign. Corporate agricultural interests in Oklahoma hoped the measure would protect factory farming from environmental, food safety and humanitarian regulations. The deep-red state’s Republican governor and every member of its all-GOP congressional delegation backed it. In response, Maxwell, who works for the Humane Society, had helped...
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Why You Should Join Global Divestment Day
Huffington Post - about 3 years
You know why you should join an action near you on Global Divestment Day? Like the one down on Wall Street this Friday in New York City, or the one at London's City Hall on Saturday? Because we've got the bad guys on the run. It's as if this week's been scripted as a buildup to the worldwide weekend of divestment festivities. On Monday the Independent Petroleum Producers (that is, Oil Inc.) released a study purportedly showing that divestment is a bad idea, financially -- except, to prove it, they had had to go all the way back to 1965 as a baseline and argue that the next 50 years of energy will resemble the last half-century. Good luck with that: Every measure of the last year, the last decade, or, for that matter, the whole current millennium shows that fossil fuels are fading quickly and getting riskier. (Heck, if institutions had listened to divestment campaigners last year, they'd have avoided this year's crash in oil prices.) But Monday was nothing. On Tuesday fossil...
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An Open Letter to Agriculture Journalists and Leaders
Huffington Post - about 4 years
In an era of sweeping change in communications, the long-standing principles of American journalism are being tested and challenged. Some journalistic principles are enduring, however, and for good reason. The enterprise depends on a commitment to establishing and reporting facts, and to communicating them with accuracy and fairness. This is a foundational component of a civil and democratic society. This is one of the reasons for my disappointment in the tone of coverage given to The HSUS by more than a few members of the agricultural press over the last several years. Some writers with industry trade journals and other information outlets in the sector have settled into an unquestioning reliance upon false claims about The HSUS, including those being spun by the highly discredited and disreputable public-relations operative Rick Berman, who's fought the medical community on tanning beds and trans fats, Mothers Against Drunk Driving on alcohol use and automobiles, unions on minimum...
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The Defense Rests
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
The county's specialized drug court is great... if people would use it. by Dirk VanderHart MULTNOMAH COUNTY'S drug court used to save you a lot of money. Targeted and strict, the program cuts recidivism in its participants and slashes the need for beds in the overcrowded Multnomah County Justice Center. According to a 2007 study, the so-called Sanctions Treatment Opportunity Progress (STOP) program saved us nearly $9 million a year from 1991-2001. Few jewels in the county's justice system shine as brightly. But that glimmer has faded, somewhat. The STOP court, it appears, is being used less than at any other point in its celebrated 22-year history. According to numbers provided by the county's Department of Community Justice (DCJ), the program has seen declines in its rolls in the last several years, dropping to 75 percent of capacity in fiscal 2013. And data compiled by the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office suggest...
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Mary Bottari: Efforts to Deliver 'Kill Shot' to Paid Sick Leave Tied to ALEC
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
By Mary Bottari and Brendan Fischer In a victory for working families, New York is poised to become the largest U.S. city to require businesses offer paid days to workers. Community activists and labor leaders struck a deal with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to allow a vote on a paid sick leave ordinance that would cover almost 1 million people. But workers in more than 700 other large American cities must choose between spreading their illness and getting paid. Advocates have helped pass paid sick day laws in cities like San Francisco, Washington D.C., Seattle and Portland, but big business has been pushing back. Corporate-backed bills have passed at the state level in Wisconsin, Louisiana, and Mississippi that would preempt (or as one GOP operative put it, "deliver the kill shot" to) local paid sick leave laws. Similar bills are on the legislative docket in Florida, Arizona, Indiana, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Washington. This paid sick leave preemption effort can ...
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Hogwash: Big Ag's Ban on Caging Pregnant Pigs Is Just For Show
Mother Jones - almost 5 years
Among all the various dodgy aspects of factory-style meat production, the use of tight cages to confine pregnant female pigs surely ranks among the most awful. The hog industry isn't keen on displaying this practice to the public, but in 2010, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) planted a camera-toting undercover investigator in a hog facility run by Smithfield Foods, the globe's largest hog producer and pork processor. You can read the report here, but you can't beat the video for sheer visceral effect: In the wake of the exposé, Smithfield saw fit to recommit itself to phasing out the practice in its own hog-production facilities by 2017. (The company had made a similar pledge in 2007 and backed off from it in 2009, claiming that financial losses in its hog-production business made the capital investments necessary for the transition too expensive.) In 2012, its rival Hormel made a similar pledge; and Cargill, another massive pork processor and hog producer, says ...
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Is The Pork Industry Pushing Back Against Gestation Crate Bans?
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
When Bon Appétit Management Company's CEO and founder Fedele Bauccio recently read a Pork Network op-ed by food industry and consumer advocate Rick Berman blasting the movement to ban gestation crates, he was moved to draft a response. Gestation crates, which have been covered heavily by the media in recent months, are devices that confine pregnant sows. They prevent the pigs from injuring one another, but often result in the animals' confinement for the majority of their lives. Animal rights groups including the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) have decried the practice as inhumane, and a slew of major players in the food industry have pledged to phase out purchases from producers that use gestation crates. They include McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Smithfield Foods and, of course, Bon Appétit, a food service company that serves more than 500 locations in 32 states in corporations, colleges and universities and specialty venues. Getting rid of the crates,...
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Walmart pork suppliers treat pregnant pigs inhumanely
blank - over 5 years
Rick Berman, a highly paid lobbyist for animal abuse industries, is deceiving consumers again ("Pregnant pigs treated humanely," Sept. 20).
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The Future of Touchscreen Technology in Ultrabooks
Fox Business News - almost 6 years
Synaptics CEO Rick Bergman on the future of tablet and ultrabook computers.
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Wendell Potter: Spin and deception in the DC subway
Huffington Post - almost 6 years
Want to find out what Congress is about to vote on? Take a ride on the Washington subway. If you've been on the Metro in recent days, you might have seen an ad designed to make you feel sorry for our poor health insurance companies. So sorry that you'll call your congressman and demand he support a bill that would gut an important part of the health care reform law: the provision requiring that insurers spend at least 80 percent of the premiums they collect from us on our actual health care. Back in the early 1990s, when most insurance firms were still nonprofits, they were spending on average 95 cents of every premium dollar paying medical claims. As they began to convert to for-profit status, though, that percentage dropped because of pressure from Wall Street. Now that the industry is dominated by a handful of investor-owned corporations, the average is around 80 percent. The members of Congress who drafted the Affordable Care Act felt that was as low as it should go...
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MADD vs. Rick Berman's American Beverage Institute: Who's right about drunk ... - Slate Magazine
Google News - over 6 years
"Mothers Against Drunk Driving Receives Another 'D' from Charity Rating Guide," shouts the Aug. 24 press release. It notes that the guide's publisher, the American Institute of Philanthropy, "says most highly efficient charities are able to spend 75
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Berman to Industry: Play Offense - CSP Daily News
Google News - over 6 years
Or, as conservative public affairs specialist Rick Berman cautioned at CSP's 2011 Outlook Leadership Conference, "legislation does not drive public opinion; public opinion drives legislation." And liberal groups, he said, have been winning too many
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Rick's Weekend Wrap: Netanyahu got the war he wanted - +972 Magazine - Independent commentary from Israel and the Palestinian territories
Google News - over 6 years
Rechavia “Rick” Berman gives you the week's top stories as they ought to be told. A new weekly feature on +972 By Rechavia “Rick” Berman Shhhhh…step right this way, the Weekend Wrap tour will be leaving as planned, just be very quiet
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With food warnings, conventional wisdom isn't always so wise - NewsOK.com
Google News - over 6 years
BY RICK BERMAN Leave a comment In a time when seemingly every kind of food or drink has something bad associated with it, you'd think at least water would escape unscathed. But one doctor reported in the British Medical Journal this July that advice to
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Berman: Partisan Ethics — CREW Targets Conservatives - Roll Call (subscription)
Google News - over 6 years
In the rough and tumble world of politics, it's one thing to go after your opponent. It's another to use your tax-exempt status and the government's resources to vilify someone with scurrilous legal attacks during an election with the
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Rick's Weekly Wrap-Up: Apartheid, anyone? - +972 Magazine - Independent commentary from Israel and the Palestinian territories
Google News - over 6 years
By Rechavia “Rick” Berman Welcome to another edition of the Weekend Holyland Wrap, this week going on a field trip to strange and mysterious realms beyond the mountains of darkness, or in other words, an hour and a half down the freeway
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Rick's Weekly Wrap: Netanyahu must go - +972 Magazine - Independent commentary from Israel and the Palestinian territories
Google News - over 6 years
Rechavia “Rick” Berman's weekly feature is all J14 By Rechavia Berman The People! Demand! Social Justice! Despite all the spins, all the lies about sushi eaters and hookah smokers, about spoiled privileged whiners pretending to be hurting financially
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Music Review: Various Artists - Star Trek: The Next Generation Collection ... - Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)
Google News - over 6 years
However, the concentration is heavier on earlier episodes, which does give a chance to hear the series "sound" develop as McCarthy and producer Rick Berman begin to define the soundscapes in tone and texture for the series and its more restrained
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Rick Berman
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2006
    Age 60
    In mid-2006, Berman stated he would no longer be involved in producing Star Trek.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2005
    Age 59
    In 2005, Berman was involved in developing an eleventh Star Trek movie based on a script written by Erik Jendresen; however, when Gail Berman (no relation) took over as president of Paramount Pictures, Jendresen's script was shelved.
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  • 2001
    Age 55
    In 2001, he co-created Enterprise (retitled Star Trek: Enterprise in 2003) with Brannon Braga.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1987
    Age 41
    In 1987, Roddenberry selected Berman and Maurice Hurley to help create Star Trek: The Next Generation.
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  • 1986
    Age 40
    He was promoted in 1986 to vice-president of long-form and special projects at Paramount Network Television.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1982
    Age 36
    Between 1982 and 1984, he was an independent producer, working on projects that included HBO's What on Earth and PBS' The Primal Mind.
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  • 1977
    Age 31
    From 1977 to 1982, he was the senior producer of PBS' The Big Blue Marble, which won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Series.
    By 1977, he had traveled to over 90 countries making films for these organizations.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1967
    Age 21
    Berman was born to a Jewish family and raised in New York City. He attended college at the University of Wisconsin and received a degree in English and film production in 1967.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1945
    Born
    Born on December 25, 1945.
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