John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television
Ken Levine is an Emmy winning writer, director, producer, and major league baseball announcer. In a career that has spanned over 30 years Ken has been the head writer of Mash, producer of Cheers, creative consultant of Fraiser and Wings, and has co-created three of his own series including Almost Perfect that starred Nancy Travis for CBS from 1995-1996.
As a writer Ken and his partner David Isaacs have written over a hundred episodes of network television. In addition to scripts for Cheers (40), Mash (20), Fraiser, and Wings they have also written for the Simpsons, The Jeffersons, and Becker (among others).
Screenplays include Volunteers starring Tom Hanks and John Candy and non-credited rewrites for Jewel of the Nile with Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner and Mannequin. Recently, Ken completed his first stage play, Upfronts & Personal. A staged reading was held in Los Angeles starring Jason Alexander, Ed Asner, Wendie Malick, and Jennifer Tilly. And in 2006 a musical Ken co-wrote with Janet Brenner, The 60's Project, was produced by the Goodspeed Theatre in Connecticut with Tony winner, Richard Maltby Jr. directing.
Ken has directed over fifty episodes of television. Among his credits: Everybody Loves Raymond, Fraiser, Becker, Dharma & Greg, Wings, It's all Relative, and Just Shoot Me.
He has won one Emmy, two Writers Guild Awards, and has had Peabody and Humanitas recognition.
Ken also has enjoyed a very successful sportscasting career. He has been the radio/TV play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres and hosted Dodger Talk on the Los Angeles Dodgers radio network. He has won the “Best Sports Talk Show Host” award from the Southern California Sportscasters Association twice. When broadcasting minor league baseball, Ken was named the Virginia Sportscaster of the Year in 1990.
A book about his year in Baltimore was published by Villard in 1993 entitled It's Gone... No Wait a Minute. He has three more published books – The Me Generation... By Me (Growing Up In the '60s), Where the Hell Am I? Trips I Have Survived, and Must Kill TV.
His first career was a radio disc jockey. In the 70’s Ken spun the hits on such stations as 10Q, K100, KMPC, KFI Los Angeles, KYA San Francisco, WDRQ Detroit, WXLO New York, KCBQ, B100 San Diego. He has handled talk shows on KABC, KXTA, KFWB, and has filled-in for Stephanie Miller on her syndicated radio show. For several years Ken contributed commentaries for WCBS-FM in New York. Ken is currently a fill-in talk show host on KABC, Los Angeles.
Ken also writes a popular daily blog, By Ken Levine. Entertainment Weekly named it one of the ten best television blogs in America and TIME magazine named it one of the 25 best blogs in the world. He also contributes essays for the Huffington Post and has written articles for the Los Angeles Times, London Times, Toronto Star, Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and ESPN.com.
He stages a two-day writing seminar called The Sitcom Room that has been sold out for seven years now.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Debby.