Murder in the First Producer Bios

Producer Bios


Steven Bochco

Co-Creator & Executive Producer

Winner of 10 Emmys® – six for Hill Street Blues, three for L.A. Law and one for NYPD Blue – Steven Bochco continues to leave his distinctive mark on the television landscape.

Bochco's Emmy-winning NYPD Blue made entertainment history by garnering 27 Emmy nominations its first season, ending its run on ABC in March 2005 after 12 seasons.

In 1988, Bochco started his own production company, Steven Bochco Productions, with a groundbreaking, precedent-setting deal with ABC for 10 series. At the completion of the ABC deal, he entered into an exclusive agreement with CBS under which he produced Brooklyn South and City of Angels.

From 2000 through 2004, Steven Bochco was joint-ventured with Paramount Network Television to create and produce primetime television series. As a result, Blind Justice, a police drama series, premiered on ABC's midseason schedule in March 2005.

In July 2005, Steven Bochco Productions launched its first cable venture on FX with the critically acclaimed military drama series Over There. Set in Iraq, the series focused on the lives of the soldiers and the families anxiously awaiting their return.

With over 40 years in the industry, Bochco has a track record for producing one notable series after another. He co-created and executive produced Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law and Hooperman. Under the banner of Steven Bochco Productions, he co-created and executive produced Doogie Howser, M.D., Cop Rock, NYPD Blue, Murder One, Total Security, Brooklyn South, City of Angels and Philly. He also served as executive producer on Civil Wars and The Byrds of Paradise.

Born in Manhattan, Bochco started his career in television in 1965, when he parlayed an MCA fellowship into a writing job at Universal during his junior and senior years at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University). He graduated in 1966 with a bachelor's degree in theater.

In 1967, Bochco earned his first writing credit, sharing it with the late Rod Serling, when he expanded a one-hour Chrysler Showcase presentation, A Slow Fade to Black, into a two-hour movie for international distribution. Four years later, he became the story editor for NBC's Name of the Game and later for McMillan and Wife and Columbo. He wrote several segments for each series and received nominations for two Emmys and two Writers Guild Awards for his work on Columbo.

During the 1980s, Bochco set the stage for what would be a series of break-through television projects. While at MTM Enterprises, Bochco co-created and executive produced Hill Street Blues, the innovative police series that ultimately one of the most successful dramas in television history. In 1985, he co-created and executive produced the equally successful L.A. Law for 20th Century Fox Television.

More recently, Bochco was executive producer and co-creator of the TNT drama Raising The Bar and is currently in production on the third season of the TNT drama Murder In The First.

Among Bochco's numerous awards and citations, he has received the Writers Guild's 1994 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television, in recognition of the contributions and advancements he has made to the television writing profession. He has also been honored by the Los Angeles Urban League with the Whitney M. Young Award as an industry leader in advancing equal opportunities and diversity among people of color and women, on and off the camera. Other honors include two Writers Guild Awards, four Peabody Awards, four NAACP Image Awards, three Humanitas Awards, two Edgar Allen Poe Awards, The Mystery Writers of America's Raven Award and the Banff Television Festival's 1996 Award of Excellence.

In 1996, Bochco was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Television Hall of Fame and was the first television writer/producer ever to receive the Writer's Guild Career Achievement Award and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Fellowship Award for his outstanding contribution to his craft. Bochco was honored with the David Susskind Lifetime Achievement Award by the Producers Guild of America and the Directors Guild of America's Diversity Award. In addition, he has been awarded with honorary doctorate degrees from The American Film Institute, California Institute of the Arts, Emerson College and his alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University.