TIM KRING IS ONE OF THE CREATIVE COMMUNITY’S ORIGINAL TRANSMEDIA STORYTELLERS WHO SUCCESSFULLY WORKS ACROSS ENTERTAINMENT AND INFORMATION MEDIUMS, INCLUDING VIEWING SCREENS AND DELIVERY DEVICES SUCH AS FILM, TV, BROADBAND, COMPUTERS, MOBILE DEVICES, AND THE PRINTED PAGE TO ENGAGE AUDIENCES AROUND THE WORLD IN NARRATIVE AND IMMERSIVE STORY ARCS.
From 2001 to 2010, Kring’s key role in the entertainment industry was as creator and executive producer of “Crossing Jordan” and “Heroes,” NBC’s Emmy®-nominated epic saga that chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities. During his work on “Heroes”, Kring connected with both traditional TV and cross-media viewers who watched and followed the “Heroes” characters and plotlines across broadcast TV, cable, online/broadband and mobile devices. Kring was the first in the television industry to create and offer significant interactive online programming to both engage and build a fan base of an estimated 76 million people around the world during the Fall, Spring as well as traditional Summer re-run season.
Current projects include Kring’s first book, SHIFT, part of a trilogy entitled THE GATE OF ORPHEUS co-written with New York author Dale Peck. SHIFT, a Crown Publishing release publishes August 10, 2010.
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Holding the belief that narrative has the power to create and promote positive change in the world, Kring is also working with Nokia to stage an interactive narrative story, code named Project TEVA, which will once again engage ordinary citizens to join forces for good against evil. The project incorporates charitable social benefits for Room to Read and the Pearson Foundation. Visit conspiracyforgood.com to join this ground-breaking narrative-driven community that will include exciting meet-up activities across London in late summer 2010.
In April 2010, Kring received the Pioneer Prize at the International Digital Emmy® Awards in Cannes in recognition of his industry-leading creativity in multi-screen storytelling.
A prolific and accomplished screenwriter and producer with the ability to seamlessly move between the mediums of television and film storytelling, Kring got his first big break in Hollywood in 1985 writing an episode for “Knight Rider”, which taped its first episode in 1982 and aired for four seasons and was syndicated worldwide. He then spent the next eleven years writing feature films, including the sequel “Teen Wolf Too,” series pilots and made for television movies such as “Bay Coven” and “Falling for You.”
In 1996, Kring became a producer on the popular television series “Chicago Hope” and assumed the role of supervising producer on the series one year later. In 1998, he co-created the series “Strange World” and served as co-executive producer on the drama “L.A. Doctors.” In 1999 he joined the creative team of NBC’s “Providence” as co-executive producer and signed an overall deal with NBC Studio. In 2001, Kring created the procedural drama “Crossing Jordan,” which ran for six seasons and more than 100 episodes.
Kring grew up in Northern California and moved during his teenage years to Santa Maria on the Central California coast where Kring studied film at Allan Hancock Junior College before transferring to the University of Santa Barbara, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies. He then attended the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Southern California’s renowned film school and honed his storytelling skills from the visual behind-the-lens perspective, working his way up in production as a grip, gaffer and eventually a camera operator.
Deeply involved in the Hollywood creative community, Kring is a member of Producers Guild of America and Writers Guild of America. His work in television has earned two Emmy nominations, a Golden Globe nomination, a BAFTA Award for Best International TV Series, two People’s Choice Awards, a Television Critics Association Award, a TV Land Future Classic Award, a Saturn Award plus three nominations, a PGA Award nomination, a WGA Award nomination, an Image Awards nomination and a Humanitas Prize nomination.
Kring and his wife, Lisa, who is a social worker, are actively involved in local charities, having received the Plato De Oro from Homeless Healthcare Los Angeles and honored at the 2010 HeART Project.
Kring and his wife reside in Los Angeles with their two children. In his spare time, he enjoys photography and collecting acoustic guitars.