Bryan Fuller

Recent Role:

Guest Judge - Spotlight Challenge on Face Off


7/27/1969, Clarkston, WA

Rate Person
61 votes
  • Credits
  • Biography
  • Fuller attended the USC School of Cinematic Arts but didn't realise he wanted to be a television writer until he was in his mid-twenties. Having been forced to leave the USC school because he couldn't afford the tuition he then took work office temping for five years. In 1997 TV series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine had an open script submission policy and as a huge fan of the show Fuller set out the write for them. His script wasn't bought right away but he was invited to pitch the same story and it was then bought, after selling one more story to the show in its final season Fuller was hired as a full time writer for Deep Space Nine sister series Star Trek: Voyager in it's fourth season; he became a story editor in the fifth season, an executive story editor in the sixth season and a co-producer in the seventh season. Over four years he wrote twenty one episodes, two for Deep Space Nine and nineteen for Voyager. Fuller became frustrated with the restrictive story telling structure on the Star Trek series as the show was heavily syndicated and didn't allow for multi episode story arcs. It was in the last year of Voyager that Fuller's agent persuaded him to write a spec script for a show idea he had called Dead Girl this became Fuller's first series Dead Like Me which premiered on cable network Showtime in June 2003. Fuller left Dead Like Me in the middle of the first season due to creative differences, although he is credited as an executive consultant during the second season and the straight to DVD 2009 follow-up movie Dead Like Me: Life After Death. The show was cancelled after two seasons. Fuller then co-created the short lived but critically acclaimed Fox series Wonderfalls with Todd Holland in 2004. In 2006 Fuller joined the creative team of NBC's Heroes working as a writer and co-executive producer, and although the show was picked up for a second season Fuller left to create his own show Pushing Daisies for ABC which premiered in October 2007. Despite being curtailed to nine episodes due to the WGA Writers' Strike Pushing Daisies went on to be nominated for twelve Emmy awards in 2008 including one for Fuller for Outstanding Writing of a Comedy Series, and eventually won three for Best Music, Best Editing and Best Direction of a Comedy Series. With the cancellation of Pushing Daisies in November 2008 Fuller rejoined the Heroes creative team during its third season as a writer and consulting producer signing a seven figure, two year deal with NBC Universal Media Studios. He left Heroes for a second time in June 2009 citing work commitments and is developing pilots NBC with whom is he still contracted. Following the success of JJ Abrams' 2009 motion picture Star Trek Fuller said in an interview with iF Magazine that he is actively pursuing bringing another Star Trek series to the small screen and would like to work with the Abrams team.moreless

    Birth Name:

    Bryan Fuller



    Birth Place:

    Clarkston, WA

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Bryan Fuller: I'm occasionally stoned on the marijuana but that's as deviant as I get as far as substances. I think it's that weird things interest me. Weird shit comes out of my mouth which may seem like genius to some people but it's just weird.

    • Bryan Fuller: (on being hopeful about publishing more Pushing Daisies comics) I literally just finished outlining the 12-episode arc which has an ending that propels us into another big story, so it's kind of blackmailing them into ordering more comics, but we'll see if that'll happen. We were unable to blackmail ABC, and we had to go back and redo our [television] ending, so it's more satisfying for the fans.

    • Bryan Fuller: (about the comic book series of his cancelled show Pushing Daisies) We got a 12-issue order for a comic book for DC Comics. I think the comic book is great, because it has all the characters in it, and it starts a new story. It's basically Chuck, Ned, Emerson and Olive versus 1,000 corpses, so it becomes a zombie movie, but the zombies are articulate and smart and can do things that no other zombies can do. The Pie Maker versus 1,000 corpses. It's the movie idea that I wasn't sure we'd get to do. [The plot] is not really so much the back nine as it would've been on the television show, it's a whole new story that wraps everything up in a different context.

    • Bryan Fuller: (on leaving Heroes for the second time) Development was really starting to heat up, and it appears like I may be writing multiple pilots for NBC so that wasn't leaving a ton of room for Heroes, unfortunately. We crafted some really great arcs for the season that I'm excited to see come to fruition. I love that cast dearly and am sad to go, but the plate, she was over-flowing.

    • Bryan Fuller: (on the Emmy nominations which Pushing Daisies received) It's a pretty fantastic ratio for having only done nine episodes to get 12 Emmy nominations. It's always the "I'm so happy for everyone who got nominated" and I'm thrilled that I got nominated for writing the pilot and I also wanted Ellen [Greene] and Swoosie [Kurtz] and Chi [McBride] and Anna [Friel] to be nominated but I was thrilled that Kristin [Chenoweth] and Lee [Pace] were nominated and Barry [Sonnenfeld] was nominated and a production designer. It's a wonderful acknowledgement that everybody's back-breaking work from last season, and everybody was functioning on all cylinders and so committed to this show and the creative vision that it just makes me proud.

    Show More Quotes

    Trivia (18)

    • In 2005 Bryan wrote the television pilot for an animated version of Mike Mignola's The Amazing Screw On Head based on the comic book of the same name. The 22 minute pilot produced by the Sci-Fi Channel was not picked up to series.

    • Byran is developing a 12 issue comic book series of his beloved cancelled show Pushing Daisies. The plot for the comic is also Bryan's original idea for a Pushing Daisies movie. The comic will be published by DC Comics.

    • Bryan left Heroes for the second time on June 22nd 2009. He cited other work commitments as the reason. He is developing new pilots for NBC Universal whom he is still contracted with.

    • Bryan owns Living Dead Guy Productions

    • Bryan had the idea for Pushing Daisies whilst working on his first show Dead like Me. He originally intended his Pushing Daisies character Ned The Pie Maker, a man who can bring people back to life by touching them, to be part of the Dead Like Me universe where Grim Reapers take away peoples' souls by touching them. Ned would then spin off into his own show.

    Show More Trivia