To Boldly go where only Men have gone before, The First Female to direct the first episode of a new Starfleet Series.

Confirmed by Deadline that Hanelle Culpepper will be making Franchise History that she will be directing the first two episodes of the untitled Star Trek: Picard Series; In the Franchise’s history it has been Men that have directed all Thirteen Feature Films.


Culpepper most recently directed multiple episodes of Counterpart on Starz and episodes of Shooter for USA, in addition to the upcoming NOS4A2  for AMC. Culpepper has also worked on major network shows including How to Get Away with MurderGothamCriminal Minds and the award-winning American Crime. Culpepper got her start on the directing track by assisting Academy Award-winning screenwriter Callie Khouri on her directorial debut, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. Culpepper also participated in AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women.

Hanelle has already directed two episodes of the new show Star-Trek Discovery on CBS’s streaming service called CBS All Access. The episode she helmed was called Vaulting Ambition from Season One but now will direct an upcoming episode on Season Two.

One of Hanelle’s directed episodes of Star-Trek Discovery

The untitled Star Trek series features Patrick Stewart reprising his iconic role as Jean-Luc Picard, which he played for seven seasons on Star Trek: Next Generation. The new series will follow the iconic character into the next chapter of his life and will air exclusively on CBS All Access in the United States with concurrent international distribution by CBS Studios International.

“Hanelle is a gifted and dynamic filmmaker whose directorial choices are always deeply rooted in character. I’ve been a huge 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.”

Alex Kurtzman

Culpepper is repped by Verve, Metamorphic Entertainment, and Hirsch Wallerstein.

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