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Scriptwriting and Broadcasting
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TV Series Bibles and Treatments |
Broadcasting and Film Milestones |
Host and Narrator |
Television and Radio Appearances |
Broadcasting Consulting |
Robert J. Sawyer has written for ABC,
the CBC, CTV, Copperheart, Harmony Gold,
Nelvana, Shaftesbury, and gaming giant Ubisoft,
among others. His writing credits include produced
primetime US network TV drama,
two commissioned feature-film screenplays,
commissioned series pilots and series bibles,
and he wrote the series-finale episode for the popular
Star Trek Continues fan-film series.
Rob has worked creatively with major industry figures including
Scott M. Gimple,
David S. Goyer,
William Shatner, and
Robert Halmi, Sr.
Nineteen of Rob's bestselling novels have
been optioned for film or television production.
Rob has a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree from Canada's top television school,
the School of Radio and Television Arts (now known as the
RTA School of Media) at Ryerson University, Toronto,
awarded 1982. He also served as an instructor-demonstrator in
television studio production techniques at Ryerson's
School of Radio and Television Arts, 1982-1983.
In addition, he's the author of dozens of articles for Canadian broadcasting trade journals
Broadcaster and Playback, as well as articles for
the Entertainment section of The Toronto Star.
- Writers Guild of Canada (since 1992).
- Writers Guild of America (since 2010).
- Dual US-Canadian citizen; free to work in both countries.
- CAVCO certified.
- Scriptwriter, "To Boldly Go," the series finale for
Star Trek Continues, widely regarded as the best of
the crowdfunded Star Trek fan-film series, finishing the
five-year mission of Kirk's Starship Enterprise, debuting 2017.
- Scriptwriter, feature-film screenplay, adapting Sawyer's own
commissioned by Copperheart Entertainment, Toronto, for a
projected $45-million motion picture, delivered 2014.
- Scriptwriter, teleplay, adapting Sawyer's own short story
"Biding Time," commissioned June 2013 by Shaftesbury
- Scriptwriter, "Course Correction," the 19th episode of
FlashForward, the ABC TV series based on
Sawyer's novel of the same name.
For this episode, Sawyer received the only solo "written by" credit in
the entire run of the series (all other episodes had multiple scriptwriters
credited and many additionally had separate "story by" credits).
First broadcast: 6 May 2010. Script was one of five
nominees for the Constellation Award for "Best Overall
Science Fiction Film or Television Script of 2010," and the
episode received an honourable mention for the Hugo Award.
- Scriptwriter, "Vanguard," an hour-long pilot for a
proposed dramatic television series entitled
Earthfall, commissioned May 2008 by CTV,
Canada's largest commercial broadcasting network, for
Space, CTV's science-fiction specialty channel.
"Vanguard" won the 2009
WILDsound TV Screenplay Festival
in the category of best pilot script, beating over 150 other
- Scriptwriter, Birth, original radio drama
co-authored with Michael Lennick, commissioned by
CBC Radio (first aired July 2005).
- Scriptwriter, pilot, Exodus: Mars, original
pilot commissioned by Nelvana for a half-hour CGI animated
series, Toronto, 2000; executive producer: William
- Scriptwriter, "What If? An Exploration of Alternative
Histories," two one-hour documentaries, commissioned by
CBC Radio's Ideas series, 1990.
- Scriptwriter, "Other Worlds, Other Minds: A Science
Fiction Odyssey," three one-hour documentaries, commissioned
by CBC Radio's Ideas series, 1986.
TV Series Bibles and Treatments
- Dark Cloud, a dramatic TV series proposal,
commissioned by Floating Island Entertainment, Toronto,
- Starboard, a dramatic miniseries story treatment,
commissioned by RHI Entertainment, New York,
- TV series bible, Robotech series revival,
commissioned by Harmony Gold USA, Los Angeles, 2003.
- TV series bible, Charlie Jade, commissioned by
CHUM Television, Toronto, 2002 (series aired on Syfy and
- TV series bible, Exodus: Mars, commissioned by
Nelvana, half-hour CGI animated series, Toronto, 2000;
executive producer: William Shatner.
Broadcasting and Film Milestones
- One of the initial twelve inductees to the
RTA School of
Media Wall of Fame by Ryerson University's RTA School
of Media (formerly the School of Radio and Television Arts, the
top-rated broadcasting school in Canada, established 1953) and
the RTA Alumni Association, unveiled 22 September 2012.
- Author of the novel FlashForward,
basis for the ABC television series of the same name; 22 hour-long
episodes debuting 24 September 2009. Produced by Disney's
ABC Studios in Los Angeles, FlashForward was
the fastest-selling TV series in Disney's history, selling to
over 100 markets worldwide; it was also the longest-running
science-fiction TV series ever based on a work by a member of the
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
- Finalists, World Science Fiction Society's Hugo Award for Best
Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) of 2010: Brannon Braga,
David S. Goyer, and Robert J. Sawyer for "No More Good Days," the pilot
episode of FlashForward.
Host and Narrator
- Host and narrator,
27-episode half-hour prime-time documentary television series for
Vision TV (S-Vox), debuting 27 January 2009
("World-class; Supernatural Investigator is Unsolved
Mysteries for brainiacs" Victoria Times
- Host, co-writer, and co-producer, Slipstream, a
pilot for a new-media (video for the web) documentary series
about science fiction, produced by the Canadian Broadcasting
Corporation, June 2008.
- Host, Faster Than Light, one-hour special on
CBC Radio One's Sunday Showcase and Monday Night
Playhouse, September 2002.
- Co-host (with Gill Deacon), two-hour prime-time television
documentary Inventing the Future: 2000 Years of
Discovery, Discovery Channel Canada, first aired
2 January 2000.
- In the Mind of Robert J. Sawyer, one-hour
prime-time television special seen coast-to-coast in Canada on
Space and Bravo! (first aired January 2003, many
- Syndicated radio columnist,
(commentaries on cutting-edge science), produced by the CBC
for use on local radio stations across Canada, 2002-2003.
- Monthly columnist, 2020 Vision,
for Discovery Channel's flagship science program
Daily Planet, 1997-1998.
- Narrator, "What If? An Exploration of Alternative
Histories," two one-hour documentaries for CBC Radio's
Ideas series, 1990.
- Narrator, "Other Worlds, Other Minds: A Science Fiction
Odyssey," three one-hour documentaries for CBC Radio's
Ideas series, 1986.
Television and Radio Appearances
- Frequent commentator on science stories for
Discovery Channel Canada, and
- Over 350 TV appearances, including
The Agenda, The Arts Tonight, BBC World
News, Breakfast Television,
Canada AM, Credo, Daily
Planet, The Hour, Listen Up,
More2Life, Naked News, The
National, Open Mike with Mike Bullard,
Pamela Wallin, Prisoners of Gravity
(most-frequent guest in that program's history), Richler
Ink, Rivera Live with Geraldo Rivera,
Saturday Night at the Movies, Sci-Fi Channel's
Sci-Fi Buzz, TechTV's The Screen
Savers, Studio 2, Valerie Pringle's
Test of Faith, Vicki Gabereau, and
W-Five; first person ever to appear on Space:
The Imagination Station.
- Over 350 radio appearances, including repeatedly on
CBC's Definitely Not the Opera with Sook-Yin Lee,
Morningside with Peter Gzowski, Quirks &
Quarks with Bob McDonald, and Sounds Like
Canada with Shelagh Rogers, plus NPR's Talk of the
Nation, the BBC World Service's The World
Today and Newshour, and BBC Scotland's
- Featured in the documentaries Destination:
Mars, included on the Criterion Collection DVD release of
Robinson Crusoe on Mars and in the special features on the
FlashForward: The Complete Series DVD set.
- Consultant (credited as such on-air) on the pilot and all
subsequent episodes of FlashForward.
Executive Director, The Rosewell Group,
six-person consultancy headed by The Honourable David MacDonald, formerly
Canada's Secretary of State. The Rosewell Group was convened in
1983 to spearhead the successful formation of
Vision TV, a multifaith/multicultural Canadian
national specialty television channel. Sawyer edited and
coauthored the original Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) license application for
Vision TV, and also wrote and edited all newsletters,
promotional, and community-building materials produced by The
Rosewell Group, 12 October 1983-29 June 1984 (with
ongoing consulting through 1987).
Rob's CV (his curriculum vitae; his résumé
a full summary of his professional achievements) is available here
in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.
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