Huston Huddleston: Founder/ CEO of New Starship Foundation & Writer, Producer, & Director

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Bio:

Huston Huddleston is a Writer, Producer, Director, the son of the Oscar nominated Disney and Sinatra composer Floyd Huddleston and Neil Diamond collaborator Nancy Adams. He attended Buckley School and LA Valley College, wrote special lyrics for the ABC-TV Frank Sinatra’s 80th Birthday TV Special, composed over 100 songs, wrote 25 screenplays, 3 stage plays and 4 musicals. In London he wrote several TV pilots including “The Wacky Dooley Show” “Spinal Tap Reunion Special” “Vivien Leigh” and the comedy “The Greatest Show Ever” directed by Joe Dante and starring Mickey Rooney.

He wrote and directed the pilot for the animated TV series “Captain Daddy” starring Ed Asner, Fred Willard, Richard Horvitz, Traci Lords and Roger Bart, and "Lolani" for the web series Star Trek Continues, which Gene Roddenberry's son said was the closest to original Star Trek than anything that had been produced since.

He is also the founder and CEO of New Starship Foundation, which is creating the Hollywood Science Fiction Museum and the Hollywood Horror Museum. The Sci-Fi Museum is the world's first museum to teach filmmaking, space and science through Sci-Fi  www.hollywoodscifi.org The Horror Museum will teach filmmaking, special effects and the history of horror www.hollywoodhorror.org  Both will tour the world 2016-2018 and will tentatively open in 2019 in Los Angeles California. 100’s of articles have been written about us, and we’ve been seen on all the major TV networks and also the Conan O’Brien show.

What do you do best?

I write film and TV scripts and songs, and I’m successfully creating 2 museums that others have been trying to create for over 50 years.

What makes you the best?

I’m not sure I’m “the best” but what has made me successful has been working incredibly hard, having a certain amount of talent, going with my instincts, not trying to force something that isn’t working, learning from my mistakes and solving them, surrounding myself with brilliant, humble, kind people and never giving up.

How will you stay the best?

By listening to the right people and ignoring the wrong. If your heart and passion is in something, regardless of whether you’re an expert in it, I believe you can do it. I understand the genres of Sci-Fi and Horror and I know the needs of fans, because I am one. Since we began the museums, I've travelled around the US to 40 different conventions including San Diego Comic Con and Wizard World, and we’ve learned what fans expect. I also understand the needs of "the suits" and our supporters like Google, Microsoft, Bentley and Lockheed Martin have very specific goals with education. By catering to fans AND corporations, we've managed to create a nonprofit educational foundation that has its own fan-base. Outside of the Smithsonian, I believe we’ve accomplished something that's unheard of.

Biggest success?

It all began when I rescued two abandoned Star Trek Bridge sets and realized there was no museum in the world that could accommodate them, so we decided to create our own. Our Hollywood Science Fiction Museum and Hollywood Horror Museum have over 80,000 followers on Facebook and Twitter and 2.5 million views a week. Star support includes William Shatner, Benedict Cumberbatch, Weird Al, Bruce Campbell and George Takei and we've raised over $200k from fans alone. Our 2016-2018 World Tour of both museums should insure raising most of the funds needed to create two permanent museums in Los Angeles.

What are your aspirations?

Personal: To stay happy, inspired and fulfilled and try to help everyone else feel the same way. To stay physically and mentally healthy and strong, and survive this crazy adventure that reaps daily surprises.

Business: To be financially wise, to go after every opportunity that makes sense, to keep our board of directors happy, to create the most successful museums of all time and to take every interview.

Most challenging moment?

Starting anything from scratch is stressful, especially when you don't have a clue what you're doing. This whole adventure began with my rescuing a couple of Star Trek sets from being destroyed. I didn't know what I would do with them, how I would pay for them or how to restore them, where to put them, nor anything else.

What fascinates you?

Meeting so many new people at conventions who want to sit in our Star Trek chair or stand in front of the Doctor Who TARDIS. Seeing daily how much what we’re doing means to people on an emotional level.

Favorite Motto:

"If you're going through Hell, keep going" Churchill

Favorite People:

Our board of directors: Ronald D. Moore, David Gerrold, Rick Sternbach, Tim Earls, Doug Drexler, Andrew Probert, Elizabeth LeBlanc, Catherine Coleman, Dan Madson, Dan Curry, Tom Holland, Sean S. Cunningham, Joe Dante, Mick Garris, Clive Barker, Tim Lucas, Jennifer Lynch, Sara Karloff and Victoria Price

Favorite Places:

London, Paris, Nashville, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Los Angeles.

Favorite Products:

The Bridge sets from Star Trek The Original Series and The Next Generation, plus items in our Hall of Cars, Hall of Spaceships and Hall of Robots. It’s hard to choose only a few, because I truly love them all.

Current Passions:

Obtaining huge new props we’ll be able to display replicas of for our 2016 tour: The 1966 and 1989 Batmobile, Back to the Future DeLorean, Robbie the Robot, Star Wars Tie Fighter and so many more.