Jeff Kline

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Jeff Kline
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Kline at the 2013 New York Comic Con.
Alma mater Boston University’s College of Communication
Occupation Producer, screenwriter, comics writer
Years active 1996–present

Jeff Kline is an American film and television writer-producer and former television executive. He has been involved in more than 40 animated and live-action series and pilots, has received multiple Emmy nominations and wins.

Early life[edit]

Jeff Kline was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Kline graduated from Boston University’s College of Communication in 1987.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

After graduating from Boston University, Kline interned at Roger Corman’s Concorde/New Horizons and worked in feature development for Michael Shamberg and Harold Ramis’s Ocean Pictures. He served as a television executive in Daytime Programming at NBC Entertainment for one year then spent five years at Columbia Pictures Television, eventually serving as the senior vice president of drama before transitioning into writing/producing at the suggestion of his first writing partner, Frank Lupo, co-creator of The A-Team and Wiseguy.[citation needed]

Between 1995 and 2006, he developed and/or produced the series: My Friends Tigger & Pooh (Playhouse Disney); Jackie Chan Adventures (Kids' WB); Dragon Tales (PBS); Stuart Little: The Animated Series (HBO); That Was Then (ABC); Harold and the Purple Crayon (HBO); Max Steel (Kids WB); Men in Black: The Animated Series (Kids WB); Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot (FOX); Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles (BKN); Godzilla: The Series (FOX); Channel Umptee-3 (Kids WB); Extreme Ghostbusters (BKN); and Jumanji (UPN).[citation needed]

From 2006-2008 he was a consulting producer for Cartoon Network’s Banana Splits revival, wrote a Paris Hilton pilot for MTV, and co-wrote the feature film The Rosenbergs Save Christmas (with Goldie Hawn attached to star) for Fox Searchlight.[1]

In 2009 he taught as an adjunct professor at Boston University’s College of Communications, and wrote two live-action pilots for SyFy before being recruited to develop and executive-produce Transformers: Prime for Hasbro’s then-new cable co-venture with Discovery Communications, The Hub. Kline developed and was executive producer of G.I. Joe: Renegades as well before signing an exclusive four-year series development and production deal with Hasbro Studios in 2011.[2]

He was executive producer of both Transformers: Prime and Transformers: Rescue Bots.[3]

In 2013, Kline founded Darby Pop Publishing, a comic book publishing company, and entered into a distribution agreement with IDW.[4][5] Darby Pop's first title, Indestructible, was created by Kline. The first issue was released in December 2013.[6]

Achievements[edit]

The crew of Transformers Prime Beast Hunters has been nominated for a 2014 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program for which Jeff Kline was named for his work as executive producer. Transformers Prime Beast Hunters won two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation: Jose Lopez for Character Design and Yasuhiro Motoda for Character Animation.

Christophe Vacher was nominated for a 2013 Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Production Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production for his work on Transformers: Prime

Transformers: Prime won three 2013 Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation: Arato Kato for Character Animation, Jason Park for Background Design, and Kirk van Wormer for Storyboards.

The series Transformers: Prime won a 2012 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program for which Jeff Kline was named for his work as executive producer.[7]

Transformers: Prime was also nominated for six Daytime Emmys in 2011, and won two Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation Awards for Christophe Vacher’s color design and Vince Toyama’s background design.[8]

While Kline was executive producer, PBS children’s series Dragon Tales was nominated for the Outstanding Children’s Animated Program Daytime Emmy in 2001, 2002, and 2003.[citation needed]

Kline’s shows have also been nominated for Daytime Emmys in: 2007: My Friends Tigger and Pooh 2002: Jackie Chan Adventures; Harold and the Purple Crayon won for Outstanding Achievement in Main Title Design; MIB: The Animated Series won for Outstanding Sound Editing Special Class 2001: Jackie Chan Adventures, Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles 2000: MIB: The Animated Series; Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles won for Outstanding Sound Editing Special Class 1999: MIB: The Animated Series.

Jackie Chan Adventures was nominated for an Annie Award in 2003, as was Dragon Tales in 2000. Harold and the Purple Crayon was nominated for a Humanitas Prize in 2002. Max Steel was nominated for the Annie Awards in 2000 and 2001 and for Golden Reel Awards in 2001 and 2002. MIB: The Animated Series was nominated for a Kids’ Choice Award in 1999 and for Golden Reel Awards in 1998, 1999, and 2002. Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles was nominated for Golden Reel Awards in 2000 and 2001.

Kline helped start the BU in L.A. industry exchange program.[9] He received the Boston University College of Communication Distinguished Alumnae Award in 2003.[10] In early 2009, Kline taught as an Adjunct Professor at BU's College of Communications.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Credit Notes Type
2011-2012 Transformers: Prime executive producer, developed by Series Animated
Transformers: Rescue Bots executive producer, developed by Series Animated
2010-2011 Transformers: Prime executive producer, developed by Series Animated
Transformers: Rescue Bots executive producer, developed by Series Animated
2009-2010 Transformers: Prime executive producer, developed by Series Animated
G.I. Joe Renegades executive producer, developed by Series Animated
2006-2007 Banana Splits consulting producer Series Live-Action
2005-2006 My Friends Tigger and Pooh executive producer Series Animated
A Super Sleuth Christmas-tery executive producer, story by Special Animated
2004-2005 Soccer Moms executive producer Pilot Live-Action
Get Ed creative consultant Pilot Animated
2003-2004 Ricochet executive producer Pilot Live-Action
Jackie Chan Adventures executive producer, developed by Series Animated
Dragon Tales executive producer Series Animated
2002-2003 Dragon Tales: Let's Start a Band executive producer Special Animated
Jackie Chan Adventures executive producer, developed by Series Animated
2001-2002 That Was Then executive producer, writer Series Live-Action
executive producer Pilot Live-Action
Jackie Chan Adventures executive producer, developed by Series Animated
Stuart Little creative consultant Series Animated
2000-2001 Electra Woman & Dyna Girl executive producer, writer Pilot Live-Action
Harold and the Purple Crayon executive producer, developed by Series Animated
Jackie Chan Adventures executive producer, developed by Series Animated
Max Steel executive producer, developed by Series Animated
1999-2000 Jackie Chan Adventures executive producer, developed by Series Animated
Dragon Tales executive producer Series Animated
Max Steel executive producer, developed by Series Animated
Men in Black: The Animated Series executive producer, developed by Series Animated
1998-1999 Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot co-executive producer, developed by Series Animated
Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles co-executive producer, developed by Series Animated
Max Steel co-executive producer, developed by Series Animated
Men in Black: The Animated Series co-executive producer, developed by Series Animated
Dragon Tales producer Series Animated
1997-1998 Godzilla: The Series co-executive producer, developed by Series Animated
Men in Black: The Animated Series co-executive producer, developed by Series Animated
Jumanji co-executive producer, developed by Series Animated
1996-1997 Lawless writer Series Live-Action
producer Pilot Live-Action
Men in Black: The Animated Series co-executive producer, developed by Series Animated
Jumanji co-executive producer, developed by Series Animated
Extreme Ghostbusters supervising producer, developed by Series Animated
Channel Umptee-3 producer Series Animated
1995-1996 Fortune Hunter writer Series Live-Action
Jumanji supervising producer, developed by Series Animated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Goldie Hawn to star in The Rosenbergs Save Christmas". Movieweb. Retrieved 6/12/2012. 
  2. ^ "Playdate with Hasbro". Variety. Retrieved 6/1/2012. 
  3. ^ Harris, Jeffrey (September 7, 2013). "Roberto Orci Speaks on the Next Transformers Animated Show". 411mania.com. 
  4. ^ "Darby Pop Publishing". Darby Pop. Retrieved 9/2/2013. 
  5. ^ "Darby Pop Publishing Announces Partnership with IDW". Darby Pop. Retrieved 9/4/2013. 
  6. ^ "Indestructible - Meet the Writer". Darby Pop. Retrieved 9/2/2013. 
  7. ^ "THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES ANNOUNCES The 39th ANNUAL DAYTIME ENTERTAINMENT EMMY® AWARD NOMINATIONS". Emmy Online. Retrieved 6/1/2012. 
  8. ^ "Daytime Emmys 2011: Full list of nominees". On The Red Carpet. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Steve Blum and Jeff Kline Talk Rescue Bots Transformers Prime". Retrieved 6/12/2012. 
  10. ^ "Complete Alumni Awards List". BU. Retrieved 6/1/2012. 

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