Karen L. Thorson is an American motion picture producer. She was a Co-Producer and Producer for The Wire. She has also worked with The Wire creator David Simon on his subsequent series Treme. She was an associate producer for the films The Devil's Own (1997) and Titus (1999).



Thorson is an award-winning American television producer.[1] She has worked on all five seasons of The Wire.[1] Before joining the crew of The Wire she worked as an associate producer and post-production manager in the film industy.[1]

She was the post-production supervisor for the films Being Human (1994), Kundun (1997), He Got Game (1998), Summer of Sam (1999) and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999). She was an associate producer for the films The Devil's Own (1997) and Titus (1999).

Thorson joined the production team as a co-producer in 2001 while they prepared the show's pilot episode.[2] She developed the series title sequence. She retained her role for the show's second season.[3] For the third and fourth season she was credited as producer.[4][5]

She returned to film as the post-production supervisor for Broken Flowers (2005) during The Wire's off-season.

Following the conclusion of The Wire she became a co-producer for crime drama The Unusuals. The show was canceled after one season.

She rejoined David Simon as a Consulting Producer for his series Treme in 2010. As for The Wire she designed the main title sequence for Treme. She remained in this role for the second season in 2011. She returned for the third season in 2012.

Personal life

Thorson was married to fellow producer Robert F. Colesberry until his death in 2004.[1]



Season 1 credits
"The Target" "The Detail" "The Buys" "Old Cases" "The Pager"
"The Wire" "One Arrest" "Lessons" "Game Day" "The Cost"
"The Hunt" "Cleaning Up" "Sentencing"
Season 2 credits
"Ebb Tide" "Collateral Damage" "Hot Shots" "Hard Cases" "Undertow"
"All Prologue" "Backwash" "Duck and Cover" "Stray Rounds" "Storm Warnings"
"Bad Dreams" "Port in a Storm"


Season 3 credits
"Time after Time" "All Due Respect" "Dead Soldiers" "Amsterdam" "Straight and True"
"Homecoming" "Back Burners" "Moral Midgetry" "Slapstick" "Reformation"
"Middle Ground" "Mission Accomplished"
Season 4 credits
"Boys of Summer" "Soft Eyes" "Home Rooms" "Refugees" "Alliances"
"Margin of Error" "Unto Others" "Corner Boys" "Know Your Place" "Misgivings"
"A New Day" "That's Got His Own" "Final Grades"
Season 5 credits
"More with Less" "Unconfirmed Reports" "Not for Attribution" "Transitions" "React Quotes"
"The Dickensian Aspect" "Took" "Clarifications" "Late Editions" "-30-"

External links

  • 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Karen L. Thorson Biography. HBO (2007). Retrieved on 2007-10-17.
  • The Wire season 1 crew. HBO (2007). Retrieved on 2007-10-14.
  • The Wire season 2 crew. HBO (2007). Retrieved on 2007-10-14.
  • The Wire season 3 crew. HBO (2007). Retrieved on 2007-10-14.
  • The Wire season 4 crew. HBO (2007). Retrieved on 2007-10-14.
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