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Tim Kring is creator and executive producer of "Heroes," NBC's Emmy nominated epic saga that chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities. Kring grew up primarily in Northern California. Eventually, his parents, who were both teachers, moved the family to Santa Maria on the Central California coast. Kring studied film at nearby Allan Hancock Junior College before transferring to the University of Santa Barbara, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies. Kring later attended the master of fine arts program at the University of Southern California's renowned film school and worked his way up in production as a grip, gaffer and on camera crews. He continued working in production until selling his first pitch for an episode of "Knight Rider" in 1985. Kring spent the next eleven years writing feature films, including the sequel "Teen Wolf II," series pilots and television movies such as "Bay Coven" and "Falling for You." In 1996, Kring became a producer on the popular television series "Chicago Hope" and became the supervising producer on the series a year later. In 1998, he co-created the series "Strange World" and served as co-executive producer on the drama "L.A. Doctors." Kring joined the staff of NBC's "Providence" in 1999 as co-executive producer and signed an overall deal with NBC Studio. In 2001, Kring created the procedural drama "Crossing Jordan," which ran for 6 seasons and over 100 episodes. In 2008, Kring expanded his horizons, from the film and TV world by pairing with New York Author Dale Peck to sell a pitch for a trilogy of books to Crown Publishing. The trilogy is to be titled THE FLAG OF ORPHEUS with the first book in the trilogy entitled SHIFT. Kring resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Lisa, who is a social worker, and their two children, Amelia and Ethan. In his spare time, he enjoys photography and collecting acoustic guitars.