Carl Hansen began, like many professionals in media, as a production assistant and location manager on a variety of television shows such as The Osbournes and MTV FEAR. He moved on to be co-executive producer of Shark Tank and in 2014 began his career with FOX Sports. He won a Sports Emmy Award for his involvement in 100,000 Cameras: Ohio State at Michigan (Fox Sports) and was previously nominated for 89 Blocks (Fox Sports).
Hansen is also an acclaimed timed-short filmmaker, producing and directing films from conception to completion within very strict time frames with his team, Cultural Detritus. Their work has played at multiple film festivals around the globe where they have won a number of awards: Check Mate won Best Film in the 2018 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, War Torn won Best Military Short at the 2017 Variety Film Festival. It also won Best Acting Ensemble and was nominated for nine other awards including Best Film and Best Director in the 2016 Los Angeles 48 Hour Film Project competition. Sheltered won Best Thriller Short at the 2016 Marina del Rey Film Festival, and Rock Bottom was a top-10 world finalist in the Producer's Guild/Debra Hill Weekend Shorts Filmmaking competition. T.G.I.F.: The Musical won the top prize at the 2009 Boston Comedy Festival and garnered Hansen a Best Director award in that year's 48 Hour Film Project competition.
Hansen is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion in the entertainment industry, and he enjoys volunteering his time teaching producing and production management classes to the next generation of young storytellers.