MARK A. ALTMAN
is a television and motion picture writer/producer/director who most recently served as Co-Executive Producer of TNT’s hit series, The Librarians. Previous TV credits include Agent X (TNT), Castle (ABC), Necessary Roughness (USA) and as Executive Producer and Co-Creator of Femme Fatales for HBO, for which he also directed several episodes. He recently wrote and directed the motion picture comedy, Can’t Have You, as well as directed the comedy special, Aries Spears: Comedy Blueprint for NBC/Universal.
In addition, Altman has sold numerous pilots including to USA Networks and, most recently, developed pilots for Beacon Pictures, El Rey Networks and Sony Pictures Television. Altman has also sold feature scripts to such studios as Dreamworks SKG, Beacon Pictures and Constantin Films. He produced the $30 million film adaptation of the bestselling video game, DOA: Dead Or Alive, which was released by Dimension Films. His first film was the award winning, Free Enterprise, starring William Shatner and Eric McCormack, which he wrote and produced and for which he won the WGA Award for Best New Writer at the AFI Los Angeles Film Festival prior to its theatrical release. He is also a producer of the House of the Dead series, based on the videogame from Sega, released by Lionsgate. In addition, he produced James Gunn’s superhero satire, The Specials.
His bestselling two-volume book, The 50 Year Mission: The Complete Uncensored, Unauthorized History of Star Trek, was released by St. Martin’s Press in 2016 in hardcover to unanimous critical acclaim including accolades in The Wall Street Journal, Booklist and Publishers Weekly. His follow-up on Buffy The Vampire Slayer was published in September 2017. A follow-up on the 1978 and 2004 TV versions of Battlestar Galactica, So Say We All, was released in August 2018 to rave reviews.
Altman has spoken at numerous industry events and conventions, including ShowBiz Expo as well as the Variety/Final Draft Screenwriters Panel at the Cannes Film Festival. He was a juror at the prestigious Sitges Film Festival in Barcelona, Spain. He has been a frequent guest and panelist at Comic-Con held annually in San Diego, CA and a two-time juror for the Comic-Con Film Festival. In addition to being a graduate of the Writers Guild of America Showrunners Training Program, he is a member of the Television Academy.
Altman is also the co-host of the popular new podcast, The 4:30 Movie, in which a band of experts curate dream movie theme weeks in homage to the classic ABC 4:30 Movie.
has been working in the motion picture industry for over 30 years. His career in Art Departments on over 80 feature film and TV projects started with his first movie job on The Abyss when he was 20 years old. He has been a Concept Designer on many high-profile feature films.
He is widely known for his work as Visual Effects Supervisor for Robert Wise on the director’s edition of Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 2001.
Daren has been an adjunct professor in the Entertainment Design Department of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, for 7 years where he taught “Architectural Interior Concept Design” and “3D Modeling”.
Dochterman is also the co-host of the popular new podcast, The 4:30 Movie, in which a band of experts curate dream movie theme weeks in homage to the classic ABC 4:30 Movie.
He lives in suburban Los Angeles.