The show was created by J. Michael Straczynski (JMS), who is executive producer along with Doug Netter. It has been in development since 1987.
JMS has been involved with genre television for many years, as story editor and writer for the Twilight Zone TV series (syndicated version), Captain Power, and the animated The Real Ghostbusters. He has also written for Jake and the Fatman and Murder, She Wrote. JMS has also had many published short stories, an anthology, and two fantasy/horror novels. Until recently, he was co-host of Hour 25, a Los Angeles area science fiction radio talk show.
What does an executive producer do?
What is JMS up to nowadays?
Doug Netter is an equal partner in Babylon 5 and has been in the business
for a long time. He was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
at MGM Studios from 1970-1975, where his nickname was Rattlesnake, thus
Rattlesnake Productions, the production company he founded in 1978. Doug mainly
handles the business side and leaves the creative work to Straczynski, which is
how they first worked together on Captain Power. Recent executive producer
credits include "Captain Power" and "The Wild West" 10-hour miniseries
John Copeland is Babylon 5's producer. Copeland has been working with
Netter since 1977 and together they have produced "The Wild West" and the "Wild
Times" miniseries, "Roughnecks," "The Sacketts," and the pilot for "Captain
Power," among others.
John Iacovelli is the production designer, in charge of coming up with
new sets and other visual elements. In the past, he has worked on
"Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" among other films.
composes the show's
and wrote the main title themes. His film credits
and the miniseries
(Franke has released a soundtrack album of
music from the first and second seasons of the show.)
is the conceptual consultant for the series. He has
written a "manifesto" for the show that explains to other writers how to
write science fiction for television and Babylon 5 in particular. On a
day-to-day basis, he has no preassigned duties (though he plans to write a
script or two) but is something of a generalist, helping refine many aspects
of the production, from writing to sets. JMS refers to Ellison's position as
"a free-roaming agent of chaos."
Ron Thornton of Foundation Imaging was in charge of the special effects through season three. The effects won an Emmy for the pilot movie. Thornton has worked on Terminator 2, the Addams Family, Captain Power, Blake's 7, Doctor Who, and other projects.
An interview with Thornton.
Everett Burrell and John Vulich head the make-up team at Optic Nerve studios, and won an Emmy for their work in the first season of B5. They have worked on productions such as Batman Returns, Aliens, Tales From The Crypt, Night of The Living Dead, and The Lost Boys.
Well-known science fiction writers, including Ellison, David Gerrold, Peter David, and D.C. Fontana, are contributing scripts to the show.
A list of the show's writers and directors.