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Kristensen received an MFA in 2008 from Columbia University Film School. While still in film school he was selected to both the Sundance and IFP labs, and worked as an associate producer under Gary Winick (CHARLOTTE’S WEB) and Mark Waters (MEAN GIRLS).
After graduating, he won the prestigious Academy Award Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, and was a finalist for the Disney Feature Fellowship. On the heels of that he was hired by Pulitzer-prize winner Michael Chabon to write a graphic novel spinoff of The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, which will be published by Dark Horse Comics.
A rabid comic book geek, Ken co-created the critical and commercial hit Todd, The Ugliest Kid on Earth — an Image Comics (The Walking Dead) series. The series is one of many projects Ken has in development with his longtime creative partner, Eisner-nominated comic book artist M.K. Perker.
In 2014 Ken was hired to take over the writing chores on INDESTRUCTIBLE, a monthly super-hero comic book series published by IDW/Darby Pop Publishing. The series was created by Jeff Kline (Transformers Prime).
Ken served as Producer on four seasons of JAIL (Spike), two seasons of INSIDE AMERICAN JAIL (TruTV), and the TV special ROAD WARRIORS (Spike). He has also produced pilots for Fox, Spike, and Discovery.
Ken recently sold his pitch PRISON BUS to A&E. He’s currently serving as Executive Producer on the one-hour pilot.
The sci fi anthology series FUTURESTATES (PBS), which Ken produced, had its Season 3 premiere at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival before rolling out on multiple PBS platforms.
His work and life have been written about in publications as varied as The New Yorker, The Hollywood Reporter, and National Geographic Adventure.
Ken’s current projects in development include a feature with writer/producers Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah (DIARY OF A WIMPY KID), TV series with Ryan Seacrest Productions and Discovery Studios, and comic book series with Image Comics (THE WALKING DEAD) and Dark Horse Comics (Hellboy).
Ken is represented by ICM Partners and Heroes and Villains Entertainment.
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