(written from a Production point of view)
Dan Madsen (born 1962) is the founder, publisher and past president of the Official Star Trek Fan Club. In 1979 at the age of 18, he attended a showing of Star Trek: The Motion Picture and fell in love with the movie, leading him to begin publishing a fanzine. In 1982, Paramount Pictures and Gene Roddenberry contacted him and asked him to license his newsletter. After doing this, it became the Star Trek: The Official Fan Club Magazine (later Star Trek: Communicator).
Around 1986, he formed the company FANtastic Media and began running the Star Trek fan club in tandem with the magazine – again, as officially licensed by Paramount Pictures. He was also the president of the official Star Wars fan club licensed by Lucasfilm, eventually making a cameo appearance in the first Star Wars prequel.
He received special thanks in the credits of Journey's End: The Saga of Star Trek: The Next Generation and appeared in the Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special for an interview.
After selling FANtastic Media to Decipher in 2001, he remained on staff until Decipher's abandonment of the license in 2005. He currently oversees marketing for Her Universe (www.heruniverse.com), the first line of apparel for female sci-fi fans including a fashion line for Star Trek.
Star Trek articles Edit
- "Gene Roddenberry – The Creator of Star Trek: The Next Generation", The Official Star Trek: The Next Generation Magazine issue 1, pp. 4-9