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Star Trek is a science fiction franchise comprising six television series, eleven films plus numerous books, comics, games and collectibles.
Originally it was a product of Desilu Studios as created by Gene Roddenberry in a first draft series proposal "Star Trek is..." dated 11 March 1964.
Beginning with a single pilot episode, "The Cage", filmed in 1964, Star Trek was not placed on the schedule of the NBC network until a second pilot episode, "Where No Man Has Gone Before", was produced in 1965. Star Trek officially went into production on April 21, 1966 and ran for three seasons until it was cancelled in 1969. Four years later the series returned to NBC as a Saturday morning animated series which ran from 1973–1974. No new production of Star Trek took place until 1979 when Star Trek: The Motion Picture took the franchise into feature films, where they have continued to be made periodically since. However, Star Trek did not return to Television until 1987 with the debut of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Following three more spin-off productions, the 2005–2006 TV season was the first since 1987 without a new Star Trek series being broadcast, though all series remain in syndication. As a result of the 2005 split between the former Viacom and CBS, any future Star Trek television productions will fall under the ownership of CBS Television Studios. Via licensing agreements, future films continue to be produced and distributed by Paramount Pictures. An eleventh film was released in 2009.
Currently, licensees of Star Trek publications (reference works and novels) and collectibles include Art Asylum toys and Pocket Books. Older licenses for previously produced material belong to numerous companies.
Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Enterprise are all registered trademarks of CBS / Paramount Pictures / Viacom. No copyright infringement is intended