Livingston began his work with Star Trek as a unit production manager on Next Generation in 1988 before moving up the ranks to become a supervising producer in 1992 for Next Generation and the subsequent Trek series. He served as a supervising producer on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager. He has directorial credits on two Next Generation episodes, 17 Deep Space Nine episodes, 28 Voyager episodes and 14 Enterprise episodes, for a total of 62 episodes, representing every series but the original. He also has writing credits on the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine first-season episode "The Nagus".
Contributions to the Star Trek universe
A lionfish in the aquarium of Jean-Luc Picard's ready room was named Livingston for all seven years of Star Trek: The Next Generation after him, as was the Starship USS Livingston and Starfleet Vice Admiral David Livingston, who was listed on the dedication plaques of the USS Enterprise-D, USS Defiant, USS Pasteur, USS São Paulo and USS Voyager.
Livingston has production credits on several episodes the science fiction television series Seven Days and Threshold. He also has direction credits on episodes of Baywatch Nights, Seven Days, Viper, Sliders and Strong Medicine. In 2000, Livingston wrote, directed and produced Slice of Life, a short film starring Matthew Baer, Patricia Tallman and Star Trek: Voyager's Robert Picardo.
In 2004, Livingston opened a photography exhibition entitled "The Sign," featuring original photography of the Hollywood Sign. In 2005, he opened another exhibition entitled "Slice of Life" which featured some of Livingston's experimental photography.
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