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Robert Kraft (composer)

Robert Kraft is an award winning American songwriter, film composer, recording artist and record producer. As President of Fox Music from 1994 to 2012, Kraft supervised the music for more than 300 Fox feature films, as well as dozens of TV shows.[1][2]

Contents

  • Education 1
  • Recording and songwriting 2
  • Film music 3
  • Fox Filmed Entertainment 4
  • Other projects 5
  • Kraftbox Entertainment 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Education

Kraft attended the Lawrenceville School and graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 1976.

Recording and songwriting

Kraft has worked extensively in the recording industry, producing or co-producing such artists as Ozzy Osbourne, Southside Johnny, Albert Collins, Vonda Shepard, and Melissa Manchester. His songs have been recorded by The Manhattan Transfer, Bette Midler, Roberta Flack, Los Lobos, Diane Schuur, Bruce Willis, Joy Enriquez, Dr. John, and Kermit the Frog. As a solo artist and with his band, Robert Kraft and The Ivory Coast, he has released four albums on RCA, RSO, and Sonic Edge Records. In October 2013, Milan Records released “Consensual Sets”, a compilation of Kraft’s greatest hits from 1979-1989. In November 2013, VIVID SOUNDS released a boxed set of Kraft's five original CDs, including "Robert Kraft Live at the Newport Jazz Festival, Town Hall NYC, 1980."

Film music

In 1989, Kraft co-produced the Swing Kids.

As a writer, Kraft's other feature film credits include story co-author (with Bruce Willis) and score co-composer (with Michael Kamen) on the Tri-Star film, Hudson Hawk. He produced the Grammy-nominated soundtrack for the Jim Henson Productions' film, The Muppet Christmas Carol, and composed the score to the Warner Bros. feature, Seven Minutes in Heaven. Kraft was songwriter and musical producer on Adventures in Babysitting and Heartbreak Hotel. His television credits include co-writing theme songs for Who's The Boss? and Day by Day, as well as writing new themes for Wide World of Sports and songs for Fame.

Kraft composed the music for the ballet, "Thriller", choreographed by Matthew Diamond. (World Premier, Jacob's Pillow August 1981.) In 1992 Kraft founded the record label, Jim Henson Records, and as the Vice President of Music at Jim Henson Productions, inaugurated their music division.

Fox Filmed Entertainment

Kraft was the chief executive of Fox Music Inc. from 1994 until October 2012, supervising the scores and soundtracks for over 300 Fox Filmed Entertainment motion pictures.[3] Highlights during his tenure at Fox include the record-breaking scores and soundtracks from Avatar, Titanic, Waiting to Exhale, Moulin Rouge!, Garden State, Romeo + Juliet, The Full Monty, Ice Age, Dr. Dolittle, Bulworth, Walk the Line, Alvin and the Chipmunks,[4] Once,[4] Juno.,[4] Slumdog Millionaire, Black Swan,[5] Rio, and "Life of Pi". Kraft's division, Fox Music, also supervised the music for Twentieth Century Fox Television hits such as "Ally McBeal" and "X-Files", as well as shows "24", "American Dad!", "Family Guy", and "The Simpsons". Since 1994, television soundtracks from Fox Music have included the worldwide platinum albums from "Ally McBeal" and "X-Files", plus hit compilations from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Dark Angel", "The Simpsons", "Roswell" and "24".

Since Kraft became chief executive in 1994, Fox Music was responsible for the worldwide sales of over 60 million albums, producing 3 Platinum, 6 Multi-Platinum and 6 Gold records. Under his leadership, Fox Music garnered 10 Academy Award nominations, winning 4 Academy Awards, 20 Golden Globe nominations (including 5 Golden Globe Awards), 61 Emmy nominations with 11 wins, and 49 Grammy nominations including 14 Grammy Awards.

Other projects

In 1994, Kraft was elected to the

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External links

  1. ^ "Robert Kraft ankles Fox Music". Variety. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  2. ^ "Robert Kraft, President of Fox Music, Stepping Down | Billboard". Billboard.biz. 2012-09-28. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  3. ^ Burlingame, Jon (2010-04-12). "Robert Kraft: Last of a dying breed". Variety. 
  4. ^ a b c Donahue, Ann (2008-04-28). Chipmunks" help revive movie soundtracks""". Billboard. Reuters. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  5. ^ "The film "Black Swan" has Harvard creators behind it | Harvard Magazine Jan-Feb 2011". Harvardmagazine.com. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  6. ^ Burlingame, Jon (2010-12-15). "Music branch can't please everyone". Variety. 
  7. ^ Hurwitz, Matt (2011-04-14). "Fox topper shows real class". Variety. 
  8. ^ "Robert Kraft to Teach "Music in Film" Workshop in Havana « Repeating Islands". Repeatingislands.com. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  9. ^ Teicholz, Tom (2009-09-16). "The Kraft of Movie Music | Tommywood". Jewish Journal. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 

References

In 2013, Kraft founded Kraftbox Entertainment, a Music and Media production and consulting firm. Initial projects included "When Albums Ruled The World", a documentary broadcast on BBC 4 (February 2013), "Wheels of Steel"(a comedic series for CBS Studios), and "No Can Do", an original musical feature set in NYC. In 2014, Kraft co-produced the hit Off-Broadway one-man show, "The Lion", starring Benjamin Scheuer. In 2015, Kraft signed singer, songwriter and trumpeter Spencer Ludwig to Warner Bros. Records. His film, "SCORE! The Film Music Documentary", is in post-production and slated for a 2016 release. In addition, with partners Paula Wagner and Stephanie Allain, he is in development on the major motion picture,"The Sugar Hill Story" for Warner Bros. Studios. Additional Kraftbox consultancies include 21st Century Fox Studios and Maker Studios, the multi-channel network based in Culver City, CA. In 2014, Kraftbox became the Soundtrack Consultant for Warner Brothers Records.

Kraftbox Entertainment

[9] He is also an Executive Board Member of the World Soundtrack Academy, where he was awarded the World Soundtrack Academy Industry Award for 2012, and is on the Board of the International Radio Festival, where he won the International Radio Festival Lifetime Achievement Award for 2012.[8], the international music conference, and in 2009 and 2010 conducted film-music seminars at the Havana Film Festival in Havana, Cuba. Kraft is the Berklee College of Music Artistic Advisor, (International campus-Valencia, Spain);MIDEM. In 2005, he spoke on "Music and Images" at Syracuse University, and University of Southern California, UCLA, New York University, Brown University, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Harvard University Kraft was elected to the Board of Directors of the Harvard Alumni Association in 2008, and is Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Harvard Office for The Arts. He has lectured on film music at [7]

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