There is a change happening at Axanar and it is our desire to minimize the use of CBS Intellectual Property. That means from now on we will be calling our film “Axanar” and not “Star Trek: Axanar”.
In deference to CBS, we have removed the Star Trek branding from our website. and our Facebook page. We are also changing all emails to axanarproductions.com from startrekaxanar.com and we will be doing this sort of change throughout our productions digital assets. We think at this point Axanar has its own brand and we don’t need to use the Star Trek name. We are cognizant that we are using CBS’ intellectual property and we wish to minimize the use of that IP in our film and in our overall production.
While CBS doesn’t embrace fan films like Lucasfilm does (Who recently revived their Star Wars Fan Film Festival), they have allowed independent Star Trek to be produced within certain guidelines for years. We try and adhere strictly to those guidelines, specifically not making a profit, not selling merchandise with CBS IP on it (Like “Star Trek” or the Enterprise of the insignia chevron) and only taking donations to fund production.
At this point, Axanar has achieved a certain level of notoriety and we believe we can be self-sustaining with the wonderful donor base we have now. We want to make sure we do everything we can to make Axanar Productions a long term, sustainable venture, and hopefully work more closely with CBS and Paramount.
Our move to eliminate “Star Trek” branding is simply going an extra mile to respect the entity which allows Axanar to be made and honor the Star Trek franchise we all hold so dear.