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Roger Lay, Jr. is a Blu-ray special features producer and director. As such, he has on behalf of the franchise contributed to the Blu-ray releases of (remasterd) Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Star Trek: Enterprise in the era 2009-2014. It was he, together with colleague Robert Meyer Burnett for these two productions, who introduced the terminology "Value Added Material (VAM)" as a new alternative one for the Star Trek home video format's "special features". References to Roger Lay and Roger Lay Raymond were retconned into remastered The Next Generation, in recognition of his work. Lay has also participated in the audio commentary for the Blu-ray special release of "All Good Things".

In 2013 Lay accepted on behalf of the franchise the Saturn Award for Best DVD/Blu-ray TV Series won for the TNG Blu-ray releases of Seasons 1 and 2. He did so again the next year for the same award for Best Television Release (Home Entertainment), which was won for the same series releases of Seasons 3, 4, and 5. In 2016, Lay went solo when he produced the special features for the Star Trek: The Original Series - The Roddenberry Vault Blu-ray release, alongside brand new ones for the in the same year released Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Director's Cut) and Star Trek 50th Anniversary TV and Movie Collection Blu-ray sets.

Lifelong "Trekkie" Lay has been on record as being less than enamored with the alternate reality films as envisioned by J.J. Abrams, having stated, "Well, it’s not my Star Trek. It’s definitely not my Star Trek, it’s very different. What I love about Star Trek, sometimes it’s not really there, you know? I think they’re fun, popcorn movies..." [1], echoing similar sentiments as voiced by not only his former "VAM" colleague Burnett, but by former production staffer Doug Drexler as well, like Lay lifelong "Trekkies" themselves.

Lay is the founder of the entertainment production company Urban Archipelago Films, credited as such on the Blu-ray releases for the VAMs.

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