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Jon Bokenkamp

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Jon Bokenkamp
Bokenkamp at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1974-09-09) September 9, 1974 (age 49)
Occupation(s)Writer, film producer
Years active2004–present

Jon Bokenkamp (born September 9, 1974 in Kearney, Nebraska) is an American writer and producer best known for his role in writing the screenplays for Taking Lives and The Call, and creating the NBC series The Blacklist[1] along with The Blacklist: Redemption.[2]

He was involved in theater and music as a student at Kearney High School, attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney, then went to the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California.

Bokenkamp was encouraged to enter a script writing competition by friend and fellow Nebraskan, Todd Nelson, creator of the Nebraska Coast Connection. After winning the competition, Jon landed an agent and his first paid assignment, rewriting a horror film for Exorcist director William Friedkin.[3]

Success allowed Bokenkamp to return to his hometown where he earned the 2013 Hub Freedom Award for his work restoring the historic World Theater in downtown Kearney, Nebraska.[4]

Bokenkamp was awarded with an honorary doctorate in musical arts from University of Nebraska at Kearney in May 2019.[5]



Year Title Notes
2000 Preston Tylk (also known as Bad Seed) Writer/director
2001 Drive In Movie Memories (documentary) Associate producer
2004 Taking Lives Writer
2007 Perfect Stranger Writer
2013 The Call Writer


Year Title Notes
2013–2023[6] The Blacklist Creator, executive producer
2017 The Blacklist: Redemption Creator, executive producer
TBA The Last Frontier Creator, executive producer


  1. ^ "'Alias' exec develops new NBC crime drama – US TV News – Digital Spy". Digital Spy. August 14, 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2014.
  2. ^ Eggold, Ryan; Gathegi, Edi; Janssen, Famke; Martinez, Adrian (February 23, 2017), The Blacklist: Redemption, retrieved February 24, 2017
  3. ^ "Jon Bokenkamp, Arts & Entertainment". April 2013.
  4. ^ "Jon Bokenkamp, Arts & Entertainment". April 2013.
  5. ^ "Jon Bokenkamp - Honorary Doctorate & Address to the Graduates". YouTube.
  6. ^ "'The Blacklist' Creator Jon Bokenkamp Exits NBC Series Following Season 8 Finale". June 24, 2021.

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