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Richard Timothy "Tim" 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.

Tim Kring
Tim Kring by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born Richard Timothy Kring
(1957-07-09) July 9, 1957 (age 60)
El Dorado County, California, United States Raised in Santa Maria, Calif
Occupation Screenwriter, television producer
Nationality American
Notable works Strange World
Crossing Jordan
Relatives Brothers Kenneth & Buddy Kring, twin-sister; Rebecca Kring-Rosen


Early lifeEdit

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

He graduated from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in 1983.[3] Discussing his beginnings, Kring said:


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.

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.[4] 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 is coming back as a 13-episode event miniseries titled Heroes Reborn. It premiered in 2015 with creator Tim Kring as the executive producer.[5]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Kring won an Emmy Award nomination 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.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1996–1997 Chicago Hope Producer
1999–2002 Strange World Creator
1999–2001 Providence Co-executive producer
2001–2007 Crossing Jordan Creator/Executive producer
2006–2010 Heroes Creator/Executive producer
2012–2013 Touch Creator/Executive producer
2015 Dig Co-creator/Co-executive creator
2015–2016 Heroes Reborn Creator/Executive creator
2017–present Beyond Executive creator


  1. ^ Hadas Bashan (December 24, 2009). אנטי גיבור [Anti Hero]. Pnai Plus (in Hebrew) (1062). Yedioth Ahronoth. pp. 58–61. Retrieved December 28, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Meyers, Lawrence (June 2, 2010). Inside the TV Writers' Room: Practical Advice for Succeeding in Television. Syracuse University Press. ISBN 0-8156-3241-X. 
  3. ^ "Notable Alumni". University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. 
  4. ^ Spoiler TV: Pilot Order for Heroes Creator Tim Spoiler TV
  5. ^ "NBC's 'Heroes' to be Revived as Miniseries (Video)". The Hollywood Reporter. February 22, 2014. 
  6. ^ Master of Sci-Fi: Tim Kring

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