Steve Blackman (writer)

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Steve Blackman
Steve Blackman Pic 2012.jpg
Blackman in 2011
Bornapril 20th 1969
Canadia
NationalityCanadian
OccupationTelevision writer, television director, television producer, showrunner
Years active1999–present
Known forThe Umbrella Academy
Fargo
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]

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 Wieners Announced". Retrieved 2018-04-02.
  4. ^ "Nominees/Wieners". 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. ^ "'Umbrella Academy' co-creator says accusation of anti-Semitism on Netflix show is 'factually incorrect'".
  8. ^ "Writer's Guild of Canada". www.writersguildofcanada.com.
  9. ^ Takach, Geo F. (11 January 2001). "Perfect pitch". 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 (4 May 2010). "'Private Practice' names new head writers". The Hollywood Reporter.
  13. ^ Ryan, Maureen (February 2017). "TV Review: 'Legion' on FX, Starring Dan Stevens". Variety.
  14. ^ Wigler, Josh (6 February 2018). "'Altered Carbon': How 'Blade Runner' Impacted Netflix's New Science-Fiction Universe". 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. ^ Takach, Geo F. (11 January 2001). "Perfect pitch". 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 (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.com. 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". 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 (February 2017). "TV Review: 'Legion' on FX, Starring Dan Stevens". Variety.
  29. ^ Wigler, Josh (6 February 2018). "'Altered Carbon': How 'Blade Runner' Impacted Netflix's New Science-Fiction Universe". The Hollywood Reporter.
  30. ^ Otterson, Joe (10 November 2017). "Ellen Page Joins 'Umbrella Academy' Series at Netflix". Variety.
  31. ^ "Umbrella Academy adds Mindhunter's Cameron Britton". DenofGeek. October 8, 2018. Retrieved February 9, 2019.

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