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This article is an orphan, as few or no other articles link to it. Please introduce links to this page from related articles; suggestions may be available. (June 2011) Fred Christenson Frederick John Christenson is an American television executive and professional poker player. Contents 1 Early life 2 Television career 3 Poker career 4 References 5 External links Early life Christenson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The son of Martha Ann Thomson and Glen Oliver Christenson, raised in Tucson, Arizona. Christenson attended Hastings College (N.A.I.A.) in Nebraska on Athletic Scholarship to play football. Later he transferred to University of Arizona, earning Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. Television career Fred was first hired at ESPN as a mailroom clerk in 1987. He was promoted to production assistant and then associate producer working on various shows including; SportsCenter, college football studio scoreboard show and NFL GameDay show winning four Sports Emmys in 1988 including Outstanding Studio Show. Christenson moved to Los Angeles, producing Los Angeles Raiders football pre-season television games, weekly television show and radio telecasts and broadcasts from 1989-1994. He returned to work for ESPN in 1994, producing UpClose:PrimeTime with Roy Firestone in Los Angeles. Christenson relocated to the East coast in 1997 to work on ESPN’s critically acclaimed and award winning SportsCentury project. Christenson’s ESPN tenure from there went to programming and acquisition responsibilities for ESPN Classic, ESPN Programming Department and ESPN Original Entertainment. In 2003 he secured the long-term rights acquisition to the World Series of Poker, widely regarded as the deal that launched television poker into the juggernaut it is today.[1] Christenson left ESPN after nearly 20-years of service in 2006 and went to work for Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder’s newly acquired company Six Flags, Inc. (SIX) as Regional Vice President.[2] After nearly five-years, Christenson left SIX, returning to television as programming director for dick clark productions, inc. in New York City. Poker career A long time poker player, he has played professionally in four different World Series of Poker events,[3] cashing in once. Christenson was invited to play in 2005 World Poker Tour,[4] Professional Poker Tour, and 5-Star Poker Classic, finishing 12th out of 248 professional players. Christenson plays in various casino cash games and tournaments in Las Vegas and Connecticut and was a regular player online with Poker Stars[5] until Black Friday. References ^ Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales ^ Six Flags ^ World Series of Poker ^ World Poker Tour ^ Poker Stars External links Fred Christenson LinkedIn Persondata Name Christenson, Fred Alternative names Short description Date of birth Place of birth Date of death Place of death