[TV] Eric Kim, VP Current Programming, UPN
- Eric Kim
VP current programs, UPN
Eric Kim / Director, Current Programs
UPN / 11800 Wilshire Blvd. / Los Angeles, CA 90025
UPN Phone: 310-575-7000
Born: Dec. 18, 1970
Eric Kim ended up at UPN by chance. After six years working for
Jonathan Demme's New York-based production company Clinica Estetico,
Kim realized he needed to leave the East Coast if he really wanted
to be in the thick of showbiz. Once in the City of Angels, he got
hired at a temp agency, which sent him to UPN one day by
mistake. "The head of human resources was a kind lady who took pity
on me," he says. He was hired as an assistant and has worked his way
up the ranks.
Funny Guy: Kim has overseen the day-to-day production on some of
UPN's longest-running shows, including "Star Trek: Enterprise," but
his current slate is heavy on comedy: "Cuts," "Eve," "Love, Inc."
and "One on One." "I don't know if it's a natural affinity or not --
I do like both (comedy and drama) -- it just happens that I work on
way more comedies," he says.
Small-Screen Time: "I think what everyone says about TV is true:
It's faster and a little bit more rewarding and gratifying," Kim
says. "But I did love the process of filmmaking; I still draw upon
the experiences I had in feature film even today."
Seoul Man: "It's a very simple story," Kim says when asked about
where he grew up. But the Michigan-born executive has quite a bit of
world experience. He lived in the U.S. until age 5, when his Korean
parents moved the family to Seoul. After graduating high school, Kim
returned to the States to attend the University of Pennsylvania
before moving to New York to work for Demme and then ending up in
Los Angeles. So, where does he call home? "My family is in New York
(now), so New York is home," he says.