Ken Druckerman (pictured) is the Co-Founder and Co-President of LEFT/RIGHT, a television production company with headquarters in New York. Over the last dozen years, the company has produced hundreds of hours of television in an extraordinarily eclectic mix of genres ranging from hard-hitting documentaries to side-splitting comedies, covering topics from sex to secret societies to stand-up comedy to science fiction to school segregation.
Past and present productions range from our Emmy Award-winning television adaptation of the popular public radio show This American Life (Showtime)… to the skewering scripted comedy Odd Mom Out (Bravo)… to The Circus (Showtime), a fast-turnaround documentary series that pulls back the curtain on American politics… to multiple episodes of the award-winning investigative series FRONTLINE (PBS)… to the miniseries James Cameron’s Story Of Science Fiction (AMC), which celebrates the most dominant storytelling genre in the world today… to Hawaii Life (HGTV), the highly-rated and highly-addictive real estate series that has spawned multiple spin-offs and is now in its thirteenth season… to new landmark The New York Times series The Weekly (FX/Hulu). Our shows have been nominated for over a dozen Emmy Awards and have won multiple awards, including the Emmy for Best Nonfiction Series. Left/Right is represented by WME Entertainment.
In 2004, Banks partnered up with Ken Druckerman to launch Left/Right. Together they have produced some of the better non-fiction programs of the past decade (This American Life, The Circus, and, coming soon, The Weekly) as well as some wonderfully-weird stuff (Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters, Small Town Security, and 3AM, to name a few). This crazy-quilt variety still inspires them to break format whenever they can.
Banks’s favorite project, however, remains his first – made when he was broke and had no idea what he was doing — Watch Me Jumpstart, about his all-time favorite band, Guided By Voices.
Banks has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a J.D. from the Boalt Hall School of Law (University of California, Berkeley), and he attended Stanford University’s graduate program in Documentary Filmmaking. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and three children. He asked his youngest daughter for a quote to place in this bio, and she replied, “You’re weird.”