Steve Blackman (writer)

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Steve Blackman
OccupationTelevision writer, producer, showrunner
Years active1999–present
Known forThe Umbrella Academy

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 Shepard High School.[5] After his show The Umbrella Academy was being accused of antisemitism, he claimed to be Jewish.[6][7]

Career[edit]

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.[8] When it aired, The Associates was the most expensive television series ever made in Canada.[9][10] 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.[11][12][13][14]

On November 9, 2017, Blackman was announced as an executive producer and show-runner of the Netflix series The Umbrella Academy.[15]

Credits[edit]

Year Series Credits
2001–2002 The Associates Co-Creator, Producer (30 episodes)[16]
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)[28]
2017–2018 Altered Carbon Writer (2 episodes), Executive Producer (10 episodes)[29]
2019–present The Umbrella Academy Showrunner,[30] Writer, Executive Producer[31]

References[edit]

  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. ^ https://www.nme.com/news/tv/the-umbrella-academy-antisemitism-2721864
  7. ^ http://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/jta/umbrella-academy-co-creator-says-accusation-of-anti-semitism-on-netflix-show-is-factually-incorrect/article_3cbecefc-68b0-5c14-b26c-0a514aab0214.html
  8. ^ "Writer's Guild of Canada". www.writersguildofcanada.com.
  9. ^ "Perfect pitch" – via The Globe and Mail.
  10. ^ MacNamara, Kate. "Falling off the dial". www.friends.ca. National Post.
  11. ^ Muir, John Kenneth (May 1, 2007). TV Year: The Prime Time 2005-2006 Season. Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. p. 15. ISBN 978-1557836847. blackman.
  12. ^ Hibberd, James. "'Private Practice' names new head writers". hollywoodreporter.com. The Hollywood Reporter.
  13. ^ Ryan, Maureen. "TV Review: 'Legion' on FX, Starring Dan Stevens". variety.com. Variety.
  14. ^ Wigler, Josh. "'Altered Carbon': How 'Blade Runner' Impacted Netflix's New Science-Fiction Universe". hollywoodreporter.com. The Hollywood Reporter.
  15. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 9, 2017). "'The Umbrella Academy': Ellen Page To Star In Netflix Series Based On Comic". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  16. ^ "Perfect pitch" – via The Globe and Mail.
  17. ^ McCormack, Kim. "Content Upload" (PDF). iatse411.ca. Iatse Local 411 (Ontario).
  18. ^ Wilson, Amanda. "NYPD Blue Summary/Review, "The 3-H Club"". stwing.upenn.edu. 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". lionsgatepublicity.com. Lionsgate Publicity.
  21. ^ Lowry, Brian. "Hidden Palms Review". variety.com. Variety.
  22. ^ Ward, Mitch. "15 Things You Didn't Know About Fargo (The TV Show)". screenrant.com. Screenrant.
  23. ^ "'Private Practice' names new head writers".
  24. ^ Mitchell, Gregg; Gordon, Jason. "2016 Writers Guild Awards Winners Announced". wga.org. Writers Guild of America West.
  25. ^ "Steve Blackman Bio". emmys.com. Television Academy.
  26. ^ "Fargo (FX) Award Profile". peabodyawards.com. 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.com. Flavorwire.
  28. ^ Ryan, Maureen. "TV Review: 'Legion' on FX, Starring Dan Stevens". variety.com. Variety.
  29. ^ Wigler, Josh. "'Altered Carbon': How 'Blade Runner' Impacted Netflix's New Science-Fiction Universe". hollywoodreporter.com. The Hollywood Reporter.
  30. ^ Otterson, Joe. "Ellen Page Joins 'Umbrella Academy' Series at Netflix". variety.com. Variety.
  31. ^ "Umbrella Academy adds Mindhunter's Cameron Britton". DenofGeek. October 8, 2018. Retrieved February 9, 2019.

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