Kraft-Engel Management is one of the world’s leading agencies specializing in the representation of composers, songwriters and music supervisors for film, TV, new media and theatre.
Richard and his partner Laura Engel are also the producers of stage productions and live film music concert experiences including Danny Elfman’s Music From The Films of Tim Burton which had its premiere at Royal Albert Hall and has toured around the world. Richard was also the creative director and producer of the highly acclaimed Disney’s The Little Mermaid in Concert at The Hollywood Bowl. Richard and Laura produced the Emmy Award-winning PBS broadcast Live From Lincoln Center – Danny Elfman’s Music From the Films of Tim Burton and Disney’s Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Live in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl which sold out two nights in a row on October 31st and November 1st, 2015 and returned to the Bowl in 2016 for three nights from October 28th-30th. Additionally, they executive produced the historic Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box which received a Grammy nomination for Best Box Set.
Most recently, Richard directed and produced La La Land in Concert: A Live-to-Film Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl and A Whole New World of Alan Menken which debuted at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and appeared at the D23 Expo 2017. He also directed and produced Evil Dead Live in Concert: A Halloween Experience which premiered at The Theatre at Ace Hotel.
Prior to starting his own company in 1991, Richard was an agent at ICM and started his career working with several of his musical heroes such as Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein and Henry Mancini. Kraft once ran Varese Sarabande Records where he executive produced over 150 soundtrack albums. His award-winning feature-length documentary, Finding Kraftland played at over 75 film festivals around the world.
Laura Engel is co-owner of Kraft-Engel Management, one of the world’s leading representatives of film, television and theatre composers, songwriters and music supervisors.
Over the years, Laura’s clients have garnered some of the most prestigious honors in the entertainment business; from Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmys to BAFTAs and Grammys. Engel’s clientele has earned overwhelming acclaim in recent years and the trend continued in 2015 with Alexandre Desplat’s seventh and eighth Oscar nominations for his scores to the The Imitation Game and The Grand Budapest Hotel. In 2015, Desplat won the Oscar, BAFTA and Grammy for Best Score for The Grand Budapest Hotel.
In 2011, Engel was honored by Variety as one of the year’s “50 Most Impactful Women in Showbiz.” Engel was also featured in Variety’s 2014 edition of “Executive Lair,” an article elegantly showcasing her unique Los Angeles office.
Engel executive produced, with KEM partner Richard Kraft, the historic Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box which was nominated for a Grammy as Best Box Set. Engel was previously nominated for a Grammy for producing the long form Oingo Boingo video, Farewell: Live from the Universal Amphitheater.
Engel also co-produced the live orchestra concerts, Danny Elfman’s Music From the Films of Tim Burton. The shows have been a massive success with sold-out performances in cities all over the world. The world premier was in Oct 2013 at London’s Royal Albert Hall and the show has been performed over 40 concerts in over 13 countries including a 3 night run at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre and at New York’s Lincoln Center Arts Festival in July 2015.
Prior to joining partner Richard Kraft in 1997, Engel owned and operated Engel Entertainment where she managed bands and recording artists including Oingo Boingo, Katey Sagal, Craig Chaquio and Danny Elfman.
Engel is an avid supporter of the Scleroderma Research Foundation and Education Through Music – Los Angeles.
Sarah Kovacs is an agent at Kraft-Engel Management—one of the world’s leading agencies specializing in representing film, theatre, television and interactive composers. She heads the New Media division (which she helped create), representing composers for an exploding field that includes video games, web-based original series and television. She has been an active force and witness to the mass acceptance of video game music by the recording industry: her client Austin Wintory (Journey, Abzu, The Banner Saga, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate) was the first game composer nominated for a Grammy in the “best score” category previously reserved for film and television, and her client Christopher Tin (Calling All Dawns, The Drop That Contained the Sea, Off World Trading Co.) won the first Grammy awarded for a song written for a video game (“Baba Yetu” for Civilization IV). Kovacs also represents BAFTA-winning composer Garry Schyman (BioShock Trilogy), BAFTA-nominated composer Joel Corelitz (The Unfinished Swan, Hohokum, The Tomorrow Children), Garth Stevenson (Tracks, Ten Thousand Saints), Jake Monaco (Keeping Up With The Joneses, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, Let’s Be Cops), The Newton Brothers (Oculus, Before I Wake, Hush, Ouija: Origins of Evil, Life of Crime), Emmy-nominated composer David Schwartz (Arrested Development, Deadwood, The Good Place, Lady Dynamite) and Grammy-winning composer Mateo Messina (Juno, Butter, Angriest Man In Brooklyn, Casual). Kovacs has been an integral team member at Kraft-Engel since 2009, cultivating relationships with composers, producers, and industry professionals. She attended Berklee College of Music with a major in Music Business Management, where she helped “write the rules” as a talent buyer at the new performing venue (The Red Room @ Café 939) and cultivated a passion for discovering and giving exposure to up-and-coming artists. Later she found the perfect home at KEM, where she combines an eagle-eyed business savvy and love of music. “I was drawn to do this because I like taking care of people,” she says. “Composers aren’t always wired to do that for themselves. I like being their advocate. There’s always a way to make something happen—sometimes you just have to get creative.”
Beloved industry veteran Jeff Jernigan enthusiastically joined the Kraft-Engel Management team in 2016 as an agent representing composing and songwriting talents. He loves the fact that Richard calls him the good will ambassador of media music!
As former director of ASCAP’s Film & TV music department, Jeff represented top composers and songwriters in film, theater, television, and new media, providing them with career development services and support.
“Composers have always been my family, my colleagues, and my best friends, and I can’t think of a better place to continue my work with them than Kraft-Engel Management,” he says. “I’m extremely excited for this next phase in my career with Laura, Richard, Sarah, and the rest of the KEM team.”