Kraft-Engel Management is the world’s leading agency specializing in the representation of composers, songwriters and music supervisors for film, TV, new media and theatre.
Richard Kraft is the co-owner of Kraft-Engel Management, one of the world’s leading agencies specializing in representing film and theatre composers.
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.
As a writer, Kraft wrote the unproduced screenplay to the animated musical PEPITA for Warner Bros.. He has also conceived and set up projects at Disney, Sony and MGM. His award-winning feature-length documentary, FINDING KRAFTLAND played at over 75 film festivals around the world. It tells the story of how, after the death of his brother, Kraft drags his son through an obsessive quest to recapture his own childhood through a globetrotting trek riding hundreds of roller coasters, collecting thousands of toys and transforming their home into “Kraftland,” a shrine to Disneyland and American Consumer Culture. A love story between father and son emerges via an almost maniacal pursuit of happiness.
With his partner, Laura Engel, Richard Kraft executive produced the historic DANNY ELFMAN & TIM BURTON 25th ANNIVERSARY MUSIC BOX which was nominated for a Grammy as Best Box Set.
Kraft is heavily involved in fundraising for Crohn’s Disease. He was the honoree of the annual CCFA Foundation of America.
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 the newest agent at Kraft-Engel Management, one of the world’s leading agencies specializing in representing film, theatre, television and interactive composers. She heads the newly created New Media division, representing composers for the exploding field which 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) 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 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), Garth Stevenson (Tracks, Ten Thousand Saints), Jake Monaco (Let’s Be Cops, A Many Splintered Thing), The Newton Brothers (Oculus, Before I Wake, Life of Crime), Emmy-nominated composer David Schwartz (Arrested Development, Deadwood) and Grammy-winning composer Mateo Messina (Juno, Butter, Angriest Man In Brooklyn, Casual) . Kovacs had already been an integral team member at Kraft-Engel for nearly five years, cultivating relationships with composers, producers, and industry professionals. She attended Berklee College of Music with a major in Music Business Management. There she helped “write the rules” as a talent buyer at the new performing venue (The Red Room @ Café 939), cultivating 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. Composers aren’t always wired to do that for themselves. I like being their advocate,” she says. “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.”