Steve Blackman (writer)

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Steve Blackman
Steve Blackman Pic 2012.jpg
Blackman in 2011
NationalityCanadian, American[citation needed]
OccupationTelevision writer, television director, television producer, showrunner
Years active1999–present
Known forThe Umbrella Academy
Altered Carbon
Blackman in 2020

Steve Blackman is a Canadian television writer, and executive producer.[1] He is the showrunner of The Umbrella Academy, a Netflix series based on the comic series by Gerard Way.[2] In 2016, Blackman won a Writers Guild of America Award for the second season of Fargo along with his fellow writers.[3] In 2017, he was nominated for an Emmy for his work on Fargo along with other producers.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Blackman grew up in Edmonton, Canada. As a law student at the University of Alberta in 1996, he founded Law Show, an annual stage production written and performed by law students. As of 2018, it has raised over $300,000 for local charities. He also attended high school in Edmonton, Canada, at Ross Sheppard High School.[5]

After his show The Umbrella Academy was being accused of antisemitism, he claimed to be Jewish.[6][7][8]


Blackman passed the bar in 1998 and worked briefly as a divorce lawyer. Unhappy as an attorney, he teamed with Greg Ball, another newly-practicing lawyer, and together they created The Associates, a drama series based on their experiences as recent law school graduates. Ball and Blackman pitched and sold the series to CTV at the Banff Television Festival in 1999.[9] When it aired, The Associates was the most expensive television series ever made in Canada.[10][11] He produced 30 episodes of The Associates, which aired in 2001 and 2002.

In addition to his credits as a writer and producer on television shows, including Bones and Fargo, Blackman served as an executive producer and co-showrunner on Private Practice, Legion, and co-showrunner on Altered Carbon.[12][13][14][15]

On November 9, 2017, Blackman was announced as an executive producer and show-runner of the Netflix series The Umbrella Academy.[16]


Year Series Credits
2001–2002 The Associates Co-Creator, Producer (30 episodes)[10]
2003–2005 Wild Card Writer, Supervising Producer (36 episodes)[17]
2004 NYPD Blue Writer (1 episode)[18]
2005–2006 Bones Writer (3 episodes), Producer (21 episodes)[19]
2007 Hidden Palms Writer (1 episode), Producer (8 episodes)[20][21]
2007–2008 Las Vegas Writer (2 episodes), Supervising Producer (19 episodes)[22]
2008–2012 Private Practice Co-Showrunner;[23] Writer (10 episodes), Executive Producer (44 episodes)
Co-Executive Producer (45 episodes)
2014–2017 Fargo Writer (2 episodes), Co-Executive Producer (10 episodes), Consulting Producer (20 episodes)[24][25][26]
2016 Outsiders Consulting Producer (13 episodes)[27]
2017 Legion Executive Producer (4 episodes)[14]
2017–2018 Altered Carbon Writer (2 episodes), Executive Producer (10 episodes)[15]
2019–present The Umbrella Academy Showrunner,[28] Writer, Executive Producer[29]
TBA Horizon Showrunner, video game adaptation[30]
Orbital Showrunner[30]


  1. ^ Marechal, AJ. "A&E Developing Dark Comedy 'Clan' Based on Belgian Series (Exclusive)". Variety.
  2. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (2017-07-11). "'Umbrella Academy' Series Based on Comic Books Headed to Netflix". Variety. Retrieved 2018-04-01.
  3. ^ "2016 Writers Guild Awards Winners Announced". Retrieved 2018-04-02.
  4. ^ "Nominees/Winners". Television Academy. Retrieved 2018-04-01.
  5. ^ "Law students take the stage to raise funds for Edmonton women's shelter". 13 January 2018.
  6. ^ "'The Umbrella Academy' called out for anti-Semitism". NME. 6 August 2020.
  7. ^ "Critics say Netflix series 'The Umbrella Academy' promotes anti-Semitic stereotype through Yiddish scene".
  8. ^ "'Umbrella Academy' co-creator says accusation of anti-Semitism on Netflix show is 'factually incorrect'".
  9. ^ "Writers Guild of Canada".
  10. ^ a b Takach, Geo F. (11 January 2001). "Perfect pitch". The Globe and Mail.
  11. ^ MacNamara, Kate. "Falling off the dial". National Post.
  12. ^ Muir, John Kenneth (May 1, 2007). TV Year: The Prime Time 2005-2006 Season. Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. p. 15. ISBN 978-1557836847. blackman.
  13. ^ Hibberd, James (4 May 2010). "'Private Practice' names new head writers". The Hollywood Reporter.
  14. ^ a b Ryan, Maureen (February 2017). "TV Review: 'Legion' on FX, Starring Dan Stevens". Variety.
  15. ^ a b Wigler, Josh (6 February 2018). "'Altered Carbon': How 'Blade Runner' Impacted Netflix's New Science-Fiction Universe". The Hollywood Reporter.
  16. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 9, 2017). "'The Umbrella Academy': Ellen Page To Star In Netflix Series Based On Comic". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  17. ^ McCormack, Kim. "Content Upload" (PDF). Iatse Local 411 (Ontario).
  18. ^ Wilson, Amanda. "NYPD Blue Summary/Review, "The 3-H Club"". University of Pennsylvania.
  19. ^ Muir, John Kenneth (May 1, 2007). TV Year: The Prime Time 2005-2006 Season. Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. p. 15. ISBN 978-1557836847. blackman.
  20. ^ "Hidden Palms Episode Guide". Lionsgate Publicity.
  21. ^ Lowry, Brian (25 May 2007). "Hidden Palms Review". Variety.
  22. ^ Ward, Mitch (11 April 2017). "15 Things You Didn't Know About Fargo (The TV Show)". Screenrant.
  23. ^ "'Private Practice' names new head writers". The Hollywood Reporter. 4 May 2010.
  24. ^ Mitchell, Gregg; Gordon, Jason. "2016 Writers Guild Awards Winners Announced". Writers Guild of America West.
  25. ^ "Steve Blackman Bio". Television Academy.
  26. ^ "Fargo (FX) Award Profile". Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication, University of Georgia.
  27. ^ Herman, Alison. "'Outsiders' Is a Worthwhile Show on a Channel You've Never Heard Of". Flavorwire.
  28. ^ Otterson, Joe (10 November 2017). "Ellen Page Joins 'Umbrella Academy' Series at Netflix". Variety.
  29. ^ "Umbrella Academy adds Mindhunter's Cameron Britton". DenofGeek. October 8, 2018. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  30. ^ a b "'Umbrella Academy' to Power Up for Fourth and Final Season". 25 August 2022. Retrieved 25 August 2022.

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