WEEK IN WOMEN: Hanelle Culpepper Launches New STAR TREK Series – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Hanelle Culpepper is entering into new territory for Star Trek.

Culpepper will direct the opening two episodes of the upcoming untitled Star Trek series focusing on the iconic character of Jean-Luc Picard from CBS All Access. She will be the first female director to launch a new Star Trek series in the franchise’s 53-year history.

“Hanelle is a gifted and dynamic filmmaker whose directorial choices are always deeply rooted in character,” said Alex Kurtzman, “Star Trek: Discovery’s” co-creator, executive producer and showrunner, in a statement. “I’ve been a fan of her work since she started with us on ‘Discovery,’ and she’s the perfect person to re-introduce the beloved character of Picard to longtime fans and new viewers alike. We’re thrilled she’s joining our ‘Trek’ family on this next adventure.”

Culpepper has directed two episodes of the series Star Trek: Discovery: Vaulting Ambition for Season 1 and the 10th episode of Season 2. She most recently directed multiple episodes of the series Counterpart and Shooter, as well as AMC’s forthcoming show NOS4A2. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.