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Robert Kraft, one of the world’s leading authorities on soundtracks, chats with world-renowned composers, directors, recording artists, and movie stars… everyone who loves and works in the world of music and the moving image. In-depth interviews with the world’s filmmaking greats are illustrated with great songs and scores from movies and television, providing an intimate look “behind the scenes, and behind the screens”. Kraft conducts weekly interviews with a first-class selection of composers and filmmakers, discussing how they work, how the story shapes a score or song, the secrets of the recording process, and the integration of influences in creating a memorable soundtrack.

Robert Kraft was the Chief Executive of Fox Music from 1994 to 2012. An award-winning songwriter, film composer, recording artist and record producer, Kraft continues as the Music Consultant for Fox Filmed Entertainment, including 20th Century Fox Films, Fox Searchlight, Fox Animation, and Fox 2000.

Kraft has supervised the music for more than 300 Fox feature films. Highlights during his tenure at Fox include the record-breaking scores and soundtracks from ”Avatar”, “Titanic”, “Waiting To Exhale”, “Moulin Rouge”, “Romeo + Juliet”, “Garden State”, “Walk The Line”, “Alvin and The Chipmunks”, “Juno”, “Once”, “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Rio”.  Kraft’s division, Fox Music, has also supervised the music for 20th Century Fox Television hits such as “Family Guy”, “Ally McBeal”, “X-Files”, “24”, and “The Simpsons”. Since Kraft became chief executive in 1994, Fox Music has been responsible for the worldwide sales of over 60 million albums. Since 1994, Fox Music has garnered 11 Academy Award nominations for Best Score and/or Best Song, winning 4 Academy Awards, 20 Golden Globe nominations (including 5 Golden Globe Awards), 61 Emmy nominations with 11 wins, and 50 Grammy nominations including 14 Grammy Awards.

In 1992, Kraft was nominated for an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, and a Golden Globe for co-composing the song, “Beautiful Maria of My Soul” from the Warner Brothers feature, “The Mambo Kings”. In 1999, with songwriter Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and film composer George Fenton, Kraft was nominated for a second Golden Globe for co-composing the song, “How Can I Not Love You” from “Anna and the King.” In 1994, he was nominated for a Grammy Award as the producer of “The Muppet Christmas Carol”. He also co-wrote the theme song for the long-running ABC-TV series, “Who’s The Boss.”

In 1989, Kraft co-produced all of the Grammy Award-winning songs on the multi-platinum soundtrack, “The Little Mermaid”, including the Academy Award-winning song, “Under The Sea”. His song, “Hudson Hawk” was developed into a feature Film (Tri-Star, 1991) starring Bruce Willis and Andie MacDowell. 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. His songs have been recorded by Bette Midler, Roberta Flack, Diane Schuur, Manhattan Transfer, Bruce Willis, Los Lobos, and Kermit the Frog.

In 1994, Kraft was elected to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors, Los Angeles Chapter. In 1995, Kraft became a member of the Music Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Kraft was honored with the City of Hope Spirit of Life Award in 2002, and with the T.J. Martell Foundation’s Spirit of Excellence in the Arts Award in 2010. As co-chairman of the Grammy Host Committee in 2001, Kraft and co-chair Tim Leiweke raised money to support Grammy In The Schools. In addition, Kraft founded entermusic.org in 2001, (now “MentorTainment.org”) a Music Mentoring organization affiliated with Hamilton High School in Los Angeles.

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 Harvard University, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Brown University, New York University, UCLA, USC, and Syracuse University. In 2005, he spoke on “Music and Images” at MIDEM, the international music conference, and in 2009 and 2010 conducted film-music seminars at the Havana Film Festival in Havana, Cuba.

Robert Kraft graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 1976. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Beth, and two sons, Noah and Lucas.

ROBERT KRAFT  - AWARDS & NOMINATIONS:

“ANNA AND THE KING” (“How Can I Not Love You”)
1999 Golden Globe Nominee: “Best Original Song” (songwriter)

“MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL” (Soundtrack)
1993 Grammy Nominee: “Best Musical Album For Children” (producer)
1993 Grammy Nominee: “Best Spoken Word Album For Children” (producer)

“THE MAMBO KINGS” (“Beautiful Maria of My Soul”)
1992 Academy Award Nominee:  ”Best Original Song” (songwriter)
1992 Grammy Nominee:  ”Best Original Song for A Motion Picture”(songwriter)
1992 Golden Globe Nominee:  ”Best Original Song” (songwriter)

“THE MAMBO KINGS” (“Mambo Caliente”)
1992 Grammy Nominee: “Best Instrumental for A Motion Picture”(producer)

“THE MAMBO KINGS” (Soundtrack Producer)
1992 Desi Award/producer: “Best Latin Album”

“THE LITTLE MERMAID” (Soundtrack)
1990 Grammy: “Best Musical Album For Children” (Soundtrack co-producer)

“THE LITTLE MERMAID” (“Under The Sea”)
1990 Academy Award: “Best Original Song for A Motion Picture”(co-producer)
1990 Grammy: “Best Original Song for A Motion Picture”(co-producer)

“The Night That Monk Returned To Heaven” (Manhattan Transfer)
1984 Grammy Nominee: “Vocal Arrangement for a Group”(songwriter)

“Brand New Life” (Who’s The Boss?)
1984-1989: BMI TV Music Award (songwriter)

 

 

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