Damon Lindelof, New Jersey born and bred, earned a film degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts before heading west to pursue a screenwriting career. In 2004 he began working with writer-director-producer J.J. Abrams to create a television series about the survivors of a mysterious plane crash in the South Pacific. Lost brought together a number of creative talents that would reteam for Star Trek, which represented Lindelof’s first feature credit as a producer. Since then, he has worked as a writer and producer on Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, World War Z, Star Trek Into Darkness and Tomorrowland. He is currently showrunning the third and final season of HBO’s critically-acclaimed The Leftovers, which he fiercely defends as “not as depressing as everyone says.” He also wrote this bio.