|Joseph Michael Straczynski|
Straczynski in 2007
|Born||July 17, 1954 |
Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.A.
|Occupation||Writer, Producer, Author|
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Joseph Michael Straczynski (born July 17, 1954) is an award-winning American writer/producer of television series, novels, short stories, comic books, and radio dramas. Events 180 - Twelve inhabitants of Scillium in North Africa are executed for being Christians Year 1954 ( MCMLIV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1954 Gregorian calendar) The United States of America —commonly referred to as the A writer is anyone who creates a written work although the word usually designates those who write creatively or professionally as well as those who have written in many different forms The primary role of a television producer is to control all aspects of production ranging from show idea development and cast hiring to shoot supervision and fact-checking A television program (US television programme (UK or television show (U A novel (from Italian novella, Spanish novela, French nouvelle for "new" "news" or "short story The short story is a literary genre of Fictional Prose Narrative that tends to be more concise and to the point than longer works of fiction such A comic book (often shortened to simply comic and sometimes called a comic paper or comic magazine) is a Magazine or Book of narrative Radio drama is a form of audio storytelling broadcast on radio. He is also a playwright, journalist and author of a well-regarded tome on scriptwriting. A playwright, also known as a dramatist, is a person who writes dramatic literature or Drama. A journalist (also called a newspaperman) is a person who practices Journalism, the gathering and dissemination of information about current events trends An author is defined both as "the person who originates or gives existence to anything" and that authorship determines responsibility for what is created Screenwriters or scenarists are Scriptwriters who write the Screenplays from which Films and Television programs are made He was the creator, executive producer and head writer for the science fiction TV series Babylon 5 and its spin-off Crusade. Motion Pictures An executive producer of a Motion picture is typically a producer who is sometimes involved in creative or technical aspects of production Babylon 5 is an American science fiction television series created produced and largely written by J Crusade is a Spin-off TV show from J Michael Straczynski 's Babylon 5. Straczynski wrote 91 out of the 110 Babylon 5 episodes, notably including an unbroken 59-episode run through all of the third and fourth seasons, and all but one episode of the fifth season. He also wrote the four Babylon 5 (abbreviation: B5) TV movies produced alongside the series. For the HTML tag see HTML element. An abbreviation (from Latin brevis "short"
He is also a participant in Usenet and other early computer networks, interacting with fans through various online forums (including GEnie, CompuServe, and America Online) since 1984. Usenet, a Portmanteau of "user" and "network" is a world-wide distributed Internet discussion system GEnie (General Electric Network for Information Exchange was an online service CompuServe, ( CompuServe Information Service, also known by its acronym CIS) was the first major commercial Online service in the United States 
Straczynski is often credited as being the first TV producer ("show runner" in Hollywood parlance) to directly engage with fans on the Internet, and have their comments affect the look and feel of his shows (see Babylon 5's use of the Internet). Babylon 5 's use of the Internet began in 1991 with the creator of the series J Two of the more prominent areas where he had a presence were GEnie and the newsgroup rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated
Straczynski is a graduate of San Diego State University (SDSU), having earned Bachelor's degrees in psychology and sociology (with minors in philosophy and literature). GEnie (General Electric Network for Information Exchange was an online service recartssftvbabylon5moderated is a notable and influential moderated Usenet Newsgroup that focuses on the Science fiction Television series History Established on March 13 1897 San Diego State University first began as the San Diego Normal School intended to educate local future female elementary school teachers A bachelor's degree is usually an Undergraduate Academic degree awarded for a course or major that generally lasts for three four or in some cases and Psychology (from Greek grc ψῡχή psȳkhē, "breath life soul" and grc -λογία -logia) is an Academic and Sociology (from Latin: socius "companion" and the suffix -ology "the study of" from Greek λόγος lógos "knowledge" Philosophy is the study of general problems concerning matters such as existence knowledge truth beauty justice validity mind and language Literature is the Art of written works Literally translated the word means "acquaintance with letters" (from Latin littera letter While at SDSU, he wrote prolifically for the student newspaper, The Daily Aztec, at times penning so many articles that the paper was jokingly referred to as the "Daily Joe. " Straczynski currently resides in the Los Angeles area. Los Angeles (lɑˈsændʒələs los ˈaŋxeles in Spanish) is the largest City in the state of California and the American West
Straczynski's professional name is J. Michael Straczynski, although informally he goes by "Joe". In print, and particularly on Usenet, he is often referred to by his initials JMS or as The Great Maker (a Babylon 5 in-joke). 
Straczynski hails initially from Paterson, New Jersey, but has also lived in Newark, New Jersey; Kankakee, Illinois; Dallas, Texas; Chula Vista, California, where he graduated high school; and San Diego, California. Newark is the largest city in New Jersey, United States and the County seat of Essex County. Kankakee is a city in Kankakee County, Illinois, in the United States. Chula Vista ( is a city in southern San Diego County, California, United States. . Straczynski's family was Catholic, of Eastern European descent. He refers to his background as Byelorussian and Polish. Belarusians or Belorussians (Беларусы Biełarusy previously also spelled Belarussians, Byelorussians and Belorusians, also The Polish people, or Poles, (Polacy) are a Western Slavic Ethnic group of Central Europe, living predominantly in Poland. His grandparents fled to America from the Russian revolution; his father was born in the US, but lived in Germany and Poland. See also Russian Revolution (1905 The Russian Revolution of 1916 refers to a series of popular revolutions in Russia, and the events surrounding them The family's name may originally have been Strączyński with Polish diacritic signs (it's a common Polish surname). 
According to the jacket bio for the first edition of his scriptwriting text (see Print below), Straczynski had a play produced when he was 17, a sitcom produced when he was 21, and sold his first movie script when he was 24. By the age of 28, he had credits that included television and film scripts, radio scripts for Alien Worlds and the Mutual Broadcasting System, a dozen plays, and more than 150 newspaper and magazine articles. The Mutual Broadcasting System ( MBS) was an American Radio network, in operation from 1934 to 1999 He had also been teaching his craft for several years at various lectures and seminars in California and elsewhere.
He also spent five years co-hosting the Hour 25 radio talk show on KPFK-FM Los Angeles with Larry DiTillio. Hour 25 was a Radio program focusing on Science fiction, Fantasy, and Science. A talk show ( American) or chat show ( Global) is a Television or Radio program where one person or group of people come together to Lawrence G "Larry" DiTillio is an American Film and TV series writer
Straczynski started in television in 1983, working on various animated shows and then in live action, quickly working his way from staff writer to executive producer, culminating in his most famous television work, Babylon 5, which won two Emmy Awards, back-to-back Hugo Awards, and dozens of other awards. Babylon 5 is an American science fiction television series created produced and largely written by J The Hugo Awards are given every year for the best Science fiction or Fantasy works and achievements of the previous year He wrote 91 out of Babylon 5's 110 episodes, as well as the pilot and five television movies. This is a list of Babylon 5 episodes. See also Crusade. Pilot movie Season 1 Signs and Portents The character-driven space opera is also notable for its five year story arc, emphasis on realism, and its pioneering, extensive use of CGI for its special effects. Space opera is a subgenre of Speculative fiction or Science fiction that emphasizes romantic, often Melodramatic adventure set mainly or entirely A story arc is an extended or continuing storyline in episodic storytelling media such as Television, Comic books Comic strips Computer animation Computer-generated imagery (also known as CGI) is the application of the field of Computer graphics or more specifically 3D computer graphics The illusions used in the Film, Television, Theater, or Entertainment industries to simulate the imagined events in a story are traditionally called Straczynski was also creator and executive producer of B5's thirteen-episode sequel series, Crusade, for which he wrote 10 of the 13 episodes. Crusade is a Spin-off TV show from J Michael Straczynski 's Babylon 5.
Jeremiah, Straczynski created and executive produced, loosely based on the Belgian post-apocalyptic comic of the same name, writing 19 of the 35 episodes. Jeremiah is an American Television series starring Luke Perry and Malcolm-Jamal Warner that ran on the Showtime network from 2002 Jeremiah is a Belgian Comic book series by Hermann Huppen. It was created in 1979 for the German magazine Zack and also appeared in
A partial chronological list of Straczynski's other television credits:
Additionally, Straczynski was involved in Spiral Zone, from which he removed his name and used the pseudonym Fettes Grey (derived from the names of the grave robbers in The Body Snatcher). Spiral Zone is a futuristic cartoon syndicated in 1987 involving the world's five most elite soldiers fighting a renegade scientist who has invented a mind-control bacteria and The Body Snatcher ( is a Horror film directed by Robert Wise based on the short story The Body Snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson He also wrote an episode of CBS Story Break (an adaptation of Evelyn Sibley Lampman's The Shy Stegosaurus of Cricket Creek).
In 2004, Straczynski was approached by Paramount Studios to become a producer of the Star Trek: Enterprise series. Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and Distribution company, based in Hollywood California. Star Trek Enterprise (simply titled Enterprise prior to season three is a Science fiction Television program created by Brannon He declined, believing that he would not be allowed to take the show in the direction he felt it should go. He did write a treatment for a new Star Trek series with colleague Bryce Zabel. 
In 2005, Straczynski began the process of publishing his Babylon 5 scripts. 
He has also written considerably for radio drama, including the series The City of Dreams for scifi.com and an original 20-part radio drama series entitled The Adventures of Apocalypse Al for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that was to debut in 2007.
Straczynski has also worked on feature film and television movies. Outside of the six (to date) Babylon 5 films, he wrote the award-winning adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, for the Showtime network, and a Murder, She Wrote movie, Murder, She Wrote: A Story to Die For, which he also produced. Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (13 November 1850–3 December 1894 was a Scottish novelist poet and travel writer, and a representative of Neo-romanticism in Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a Novella written by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson and first published in 1886 Showtime is a subscription television Brand used by a number of channels and platforms around the world but primarily refers to a group of channels in the United Murder She Wrote is a television mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher. This is a list of Murder She Wrote episodes in the order that they originally aired on CBS.
On June 27, 2006, Variety reported that Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have purchased the rights to Straczynski's thriller Changeling, with Ron Howard originally slated to helm the picture. Events 1358 - Republic of Dubrovnik is founded 1709 - Peter the Great defeats Charles XII of Sweden Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Variety is a weekly entertainment trade newspaper founded in New York in 1905 by Sime Silverman Universal Studios (sometimes called Universal Pictures or Universal City Studios) a subsidiary of NBC Universal, is a major Global American Imagine Entertainment is a Film and Television Production company founded in 1986 by director Ron Howard and producer Brian Changeling is an upcoming American period thriller set for release in 2008. Ronald William Howard (born March 1 1954 is a director and producer as well as an Actor. However, Howard dropped out of the directing-chores, due to scheduling conflicts. On March 8, 2007, Variety reported that Clint Eastwood will direct the film, with Angelina Jolie slated to star. Events 1618 - Johannes Kepler discovers the third law of planetary motion. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Clinton "Clint" Eastwood Jr (born May 31 1930 is a four-time Academy Award winning American Actor and Filmmaker. Angelina Jolie (born Angelina Jolie Voight on June 4 1975 is an American film actor 
In 2008, "Changeling" was selected as one of 20 films to be placed in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.
In August 2006, another original Straczynski screenplay, entitled Borrowed Lives, was purchased by Touchstone Pictures, and is now in pre-production development. Other names In Arabic, the month is called أغسطسص ʾUġusṭuṣ or آب ʾĀb; usage varies from place to place and Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Touchstone Pictures is one of several alternate Film labels of The Walt Disney Company, established in 1984 
Joe Straczynski was also hired to write a feature film based on the story of King David for Universal in 2006 by producers Erwin Stoff and Akiva Goldsman. David, Arabic: داوود or داود dawud, "beloved" was the second king of the united Kingdom of Israel according to the Hebrew Bible Erwin Stoff (b 26 April, 1951 in Romania) is an American Movie producer. Akiva J Goldsman (born July 7, 1962) is an American Screenwriter and producer in the motion picture industry
Straczynski announced on February 23, 2007 that he has been hired to write the feature film adaptation of Max Brooks's New York Times-bestselling novel World War Z for Paramount Pictures and Brad Pitt's production company, Plan B. Events 1455 - Traditional date for the publication of the Gutenberg Bible, the first Western Book printed from Movable Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Max Brooks (born Maximillian Michael Brooks on May 22, 1972 in New York City) is an author and screenwriter World War Z An Oral History of the Zombie War (abbreviated WWZ) is a Novel by Max Brooks which chronicles a fictional Zombie William Bradley "Brad" Pitt Pitt received a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination for his role in the 1995 film Twelve Monkeys
In June 2007, it was announced that he had written the feature screenplay of the Silver Surfer movie for Fox, depending on the success of the Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. June 2007 is the sixth month of that year It began on a Friday and 30 days later ended on a Saturday. } The Silver Surfer is a Marvel Comics Superhero created by Jack Kirby. Fantastic Four Rise of the Silver Surfer is a 2007 Superhero film, and sequel to the 2005 film Fantastic Four. Additionally, he has written a script for Tom Hanks' Playtone Productions and Universal Pictures called They Marched Into Sunlight based upon the Pulitzer nominated novel of the same name and an outline by Paul Greengrass, for Greengrass to direct, should it get a greenlight. Paul Greengrass (b August 13, 1955 in Cheam, Surrey) is an Academy Award -nominated BAFTA Award -winning English 
Straczynski is the author of three horror novels — Demon Night, Othersyde, and Tribulations — and nearly twenty short stories, many of which are collected in two compilations — Tales from the New Twilight Zone and Straczynski Unplugged. Horror fiction is broadly Fiction in any medium intended to scare unsettle or horrify the audience He wrote the outlines for nine of the canonical Babylon 5 novels, personally supervised the three produced B5 telefilm novelizations (In the Beginning, Thirdspace, and A Call to Arms), and is the author of four Babylon 5 short stories published in magazines, and (as of 2005) not yet reprinted. This article is not about Literary canons of influential works of fiction but about the concept of a canon which defines the world of a particular fictional series
Straczynski has also been a journalist, reviewer, and investigative reporter, publishing over 500 articles in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, Writer's Digest, Penthouse, San Diego Magazine, Twilight Zone Magazine, the San Diego Reader, the Los Angeles Reader and Time. The Los Angeles Times (also known as the LA Times) is a daily Newspaper published in Los Angeles California and distributed The Los Angeles Herald-Examiner was a major Los Angeles daily newspaper published Monday through Friday in the afternoon and in the morning on Saturdays and Writer's Digest is an American magazine devoted to both beginning and established Writers offering Interviews market listings calls for Manuscripts Penthouse, a Men 's Magazine founded by Bob Guccione, combines urban lifestyle articles and Soft-core pornographic pictorials Twilight Zone literature is an umbrella term for the many books and comic books which concern or adapt The Twilight Zone Television series. The San Diego Reader is the largest alternative press paper in the county of San Diego, distributed Gratis in stands and private businesses Los Angeles Reader was a weekly paper established in 1978 and distributed in Los Angeles, USA. Time (trademarked in capitals as TIME) is a weekly American Newsmagazine, similar to Newsweek and
Straczynski has long been a comic fan, and began writing comics in the 1980s. His early work in comics includes:
In 1999 he started writing Rising Stars for Top Cow / Image Comics. For the animated TV series based on this comic see Teen Titans (TV series. DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company The Twilight Zone is an American Television Anthology series created by Rod Serling. NOW Comics was a Comic book publisher founded in 1985 as a sole-proprietorship From February 1984 through February 1996, DC Comics held the license to publish Comic books based upon the Rising Stars is a 24-issue Comic book Limited series by J Michael Straczynski about 113 people (called "Specials" as they are born Top Cow Productions ( TCP) is an American comics publisher a partner studio of Image Comics founded by Marc Silvestri in 1992. Image Comics is an American Comic book publisher It was founded in 1992 by seven high-profile illustrators as a venue where creators could publish their Eventually he worked mostly under his own imprint, Joe's Comics, for which he also wrote the Midnight Nation miniseries, and the illustrated fantasy parable Delicate Creatures. Joe's Comics was a short lived American comic book Imprint of Top Cow Productions created specifically for J Midnight Nation is a religious-themed twelve issue American comic book Limited series, created by J Marvel Comics then signed him to an exclusive contract, beginning with a run on The Amazing Spider-Man, from 2001-2007. Marvel Comics is an American comic book company owned by Marvel Publishing Inc The Amazing Spider-Man is the name of several media Presentations which feature the Marvel Comics Superhero Spider-Man, He has since written for many major Marvel titles, including Fantastic Four. The Fantastic Four is a fictional Superhero team appearing in Comic books published by Marvel Comics.
Straczynski's work for Marvel includes:
His exclusive contract with Marvel has ended and he will begin a run on The Brave and the Bold for DC. Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man was a Comic book series published by Marvel Comics. Sensational Spider-Man (vol 2 is the name of a Comic book series starring Spider-Man and Published monthly by Marvel Comics for The Squadron Supreme is a Fictional Superhero team that exists in the Earth-31916 universe and was created by J The Squadron Supreme is a team of Fictional characters and superheroes that appear in Comic books published by Marvel Comics. Doctor Strange is a Fictional character, a Comic book sorcerer and Superhero in the. A miniseries (also mini-series) in a serial Storytelling medium is a production which tells a story in a pre-planned limited number of episodes The Fantastic Four is a fictional Superhero team appearing in Comic books published by Marvel Comics. Dream Police is an American comic book one-shot created by writer J In the American Comic book industry the term one-shot is used to denote a pilot comic or a stand-alone story created to last as one issue Icon Comics is an Imprint of Marvel Comics for creator-owned titles In the Publishing Industry, an imprint can refer to two different things It can mean a Brand name under which a work is published The Book of Lost Souls is an American Comic book series published under the Icon Comics Imprint, owned by Marvel Comics Bullet Points is a Marvel comic Limited series that was published in 2006 and 2007, written by J } The Silver Surfer is a Marvel Comics Superhero created by Jack Kirby. Thor is a Fictional character that appears in Comic books published by Marvel Comics. The Twelve is an American Comic book Limited series from Marvel Comics, which the company announced in July 2007 would run twelve Chris Weston is a British comic artist who has worked both in the US and UK comics industries For the Tortoise and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy album see The Brave and the Bold (album. DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company 
He has received a good deal of recognition for his work, including a nomination for the Comics' Buyer's Guide Award for Favorite Writer in 2000.
His awards include two Hugo Awards, the Ray Bradbury Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, a Saturn Award, the E Pluribus Unum Award from the American Cinema Foundation, the Eisner Award, the Inkpot Award, and three technical Emmy Awards (for Babylon 5). The Hugo Awards are given every year for the best Science fiction or Fantasy works and achievements of the previous year The Nebula Award is an award given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA for the best Science fiction / Fantasy fiction Science Fiction Writers of America, or SFWA (ˈsɪfwə or /ˈsɛfwə/ was founded in 1965 by Damon Knight. The Saturn Award is an award presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy & Horror Films to honor the top works in Science fiction, Fantasy The Will Eisner Comic Industry Award is a prize given for creative achievement in American Comic books It is named in honor of the pioneering writer and artist Will Eisner The Inkpot Award, bestowed annually since 1974 by Comic-Con International, is given to professionals in Comic book, Comic strip, Animation, He has also received an Eagle Award, and two awards from the Space Frontier Foundation. The Space Frontier Foundation is a small but influential Space advocacy organization that promotes increased involvement of the private sector rather than governments
An asteroid, discovered in 1992 at the Kitt Peak National Observatory, was honorarily named 8379 Straczynski. Asteroids, sometimes called Minor planets or planetoids', are bodies—primarily of the inner Solar System —that are smaller than planets but The Kitt Peak National Observatory ( KPNO) is a United States astronomical Observatory located on a 2096 m (6880 ft peak of the 8379 Straczynski ( Provisional designation 1992 SW10) is an Asteroid discovered on September 27, 1992 at the Kitt Peak 
|Amazing Spider-Man writer|
|Fantastic Four writer|
|NAME||Straczynski, Joseph Michael|
|SHORT DESCRIPTION||American television writer, producer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||July 17, 1954|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Peterson, New Jersey, United States|
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