'New Voyages' Producer Departs ProductionBy Michelle
January 5, 2006 - 10:34 PM
The Star Trek: New Voyages site is currently undergoing a "major refit" after the departure of long-time executive producer Jack Marshall.
Marshall announced that he was leaving at the New Voyages Message Board, saying that he wanted to thank the cast, crew and fans of the internet series and noting, "In every persons life the need for change comes and thus, that time has come for me." He invited fans to visit him at Cow Creek Films to keep up with his new projects.
Creator and fellow executive producer James Cawley assured fans that New Voyages remained in good hands, posting at the message board that "a new website, with many new features is on the way soon." He added that the next episode, "To Serve All My Days", was in post-production, as are the vignettes, "So stick around folks The Best Is Yet To Come!"
When asked by concerned fans and financial contributors exactly what had happened to cause Marshall to leave, however, a forum moderator deleted posts and threads addressing the subject. Administrator Erik Korngold wrote, "I have closed two other threads, each time saying that no more explanation is required, nor forthcoming regarding Jack leaving New Voyages...I will delete posts that keep pestering."
Marshall himself addressed the subject at the TrekBBS, saying that he was frustrated with both the New Voyages system and the need to work on films that could allow him to support his family. He wrote:
I've taken the show as far as I can, I don't believe in the direction the show is headed, I'm tired of not getting paid for working, I'm extremely tired of the Trek universe and have not enjoyed it as a fan for a long time, I'm tired of defending myself and the show on the internet.
Marshall added that he had a new project to be revealed later this month and was pitching shows to investors.
Meanwhile Cawley, who stars in New Voyages in addition to his production role, will appear live on January 12th on the G4 Network's Attack of the Show, he noted in this thread. "G4 recently announced that they would be running both STAR TREK and TNG on their network," he noted. "We are Thrilled to be asked to appear and speak about 'New Voyages.'"
The Star Trek: New Voyages web site currently has its news pages down, but there are links to download previous episodes and to the message boards.