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Subramaniam (sitting on the far right) with the stand-ins.

Babu "Babs" Subramaniam is a director who worked as first and second assistant director on the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. He previously worked as assistant director on Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. He was also credited as Babu (T.R.) Subramaniam during TNG's first season. At least on one occasion, Subramaniam worked as stand-in for Michael Dorn.

Between 1994 and 2009 he worked as first assistant director on the drama series ER for which he won the Director's Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Specials for the pilot episode in 1995 and for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series' - Night for the episode "Into That Good NIght" in 1995. The following year he won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series' - Night for his work on the episode "Into That Good Night".

Other television series he worked as assistant director on include The Paper Chase, Hill Street Blues (1986-1987), Misfits of Science (1985-1988), Dirty Dancing (1988-1989), Dream On (1990), Saving Grace (2007), and Moonlight (2007). Film credits include the comedy Super Fuzz (1980), the television science fiction film The Man Who Fell to Earth (1987, with Robert Picardo and Wil Wheaton), the western Son of the Morning Star (1991), the comedy The Cemetery Club (1993), the television thriller Royce (1994, with Miguel Ferrer), the comedy Chasers (1994, with Dean Stockwell and Seymour Cassel), the short drama Hide & Seek (2006), and the television comedy The Cheetah Girls: One World (2008).

As director he filmed episodes of Strong Medicine (2002), Third Watch (2003), ER (1998-2003), The Division (2004), and One Tree Hill (2005, with Barbara Alyn Woods).

More recently Subramaniam worked as first assistant director on the comedy series Outsourced (2010, starring Diedrich Bader), the crime series Memphis Beat (2010, starring Sam Hennings and Alfre Woodard), and the television science fiction film Falling Skies (2010).

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