Tim Kring

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Tim Kring
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BornRichard Timothy Kring
(1957-07-09) July 9, 1957 (age 66)
El Dorado County, California, U.S.
OccupationScreenwriter, television producer
Notable works

Richard Timothy Kring (born July 9, 1957) is an American screenwriter and television producer, best known for his creation of the drama series Strange World , Crossing Jordan , Heroes , and Touch .


Early life

Kring was born in El Dorado County, California. He is Jewish. [1] He has two brothers and a sister. [2] :83

He attended Allan Hancock College, where his father, Ray, was the track coach, then graduated from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in 1983. [3] Discussing his beginnings, Kring said:

I never even thought about scripts when I got out of film school. I pulled cables and shot documentaries. I finally got a gig with commercial house where I would come on with a camera crew as second assistant shooting Japanese cigarette commercials. I had an opportunity to get into the camera crew and decided I did not really want to do that with my life. So I sat down and wrote a script and went back to all the people I had met, got an agent out of it and started going out on a gazillion pitch meetings, and pitched anything I could. [2] :6


Kring's first job as a screenwriter was for the television show Knight Rider . Other early projects included co-writing an episode of Misfits of Science (which, like his later project Heroes, featured super-powered humans as a main theme) and Teen Wolf Too with Jeph Loeb. Kring and Loeb would collaborate again when producing Heroes. Kring also co-wrote the 2010 book Shift: A Novel (Gates of Orpheus Trilogy) with Dale Peck.

In 1999, he signed a deal with NBC. [4]

After the cancellation of Heroes in 2010 Kring created the TV series Touch , a drama focusing on a father (Kiefer Sutherland) who discovers that his mute son can predict future events. [5] The series premiered on January 25, 2012, on Fox and was cancelled after two seasons on May 9, 2013.

On February 22, 2014, during its Olympics coverage, NBC announced Heroes was coming back as a 13-episode event miniseries titled Heroes Reborn . It premiered in 2015 with creator Tim Kring as the executive producer. [6]

Awards and nominations

Kring has been nominated for an Emmy Award in 2007 for Outstanding Drama Series as the producer for Heroes. He was also named one of the Masters of Sci Fi TV for his work on the series. [7]



TitleYearCredited asNotes
Teen Wolf Too 1987NoScreenplayCredited as R. Timothy Kring
In the Cloud 2018YesNo


The numbers in writing credits refer to the number of episodes.

TitleYearCredited asNetworkNotes
Misfits of Science 1985NoNoYes (1)No NBC Credited as R. Timothy Kring
Knight Rider 1986NoNoYes (1)NoCredited as R. Timothy Kring
Bay Cove1987NoYesNoCredited as R. Timothy Kring
Without Consent1994NoTeleplayNo ABC Television film
Falling for You1995NoTeleplayNo CBS Television film
Chicago Hope 1996–97NoYesYes (6)NoProducer (season 3: 26 episodes)
Supervising producer (seaspn 4: 2 episodes)
L.A. Doctors 1999NoNoYes (1)NoCo-executive producer (3 episodes)
Strange World 1999–2002YesNoYes (1)NoABC
Providence 1999–2001NoNoYes (5)NoNBCCo-executive producer (season 2–3)
Crossing Jordan 2001–07YesNoYes (22)Yes
Heroes 2006–10YesYesYes (16)Yes
Touch 2012–13YesNoYes (6)Yes Fox
Daybreak2012YesNoNoYes Web series
Dig 2015YesNoYes (5)Yes USA Network Miniseries
Heroes Reborn: Dark Matters 2015NoNoNoYesWeb series
Heroes Reborn 2015–16YesNoYes (2)YesNBCMiniseries
The Wilding2016NoNoNoYesUSA Network Unsold pilot
Beyond 2017–18NoNoNoYes Freeform
Treadstone 2019YesNoYes (2)YesUSA Network

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