Sid & Marty Krofft
Many of the most colorful and fondly remembered childrenâ€™s series of the 1970s and 1980s sprang from the imaginations of Sid and Marty Krofft. Their groundbreaking, live-action fantasy shows were mainstays of the Saturday morning airwaves, which had previously been the exclusive domain of cartoons. To this day, DVD box sets of beloved Krofft creations â€śH.R. Pufnstuf,â€ť â€śLidsville,â€ť and â€śLand of the Lostâ€ť are brisk sellers, a testament to the artistry and charm of the Krofft brothers and the magical spell they cast on generations of TV viewers.
The Kroffts made their television debut in 1969 with NBCâ€™s â€śH.R. Pufnstuf,â€ť which centered on the magical adventures of boy named Jimmy, a talking flute and a six-foot dragon. The series, which introduced the brothersâ€™ innovative mix of live-action and puppetry, was made into a Universal Pictures feature in 1970. The show continues to be broadcast around the world. â€śPufnstufâ€ť was quickly followed by â€śThe Bugaloosâ€ť on NBC (1970) and â€śLidsvilleâ€ť on ABC (1971). â€śSigmund & the Sea Monstersâ€ť and â€śLand Of The Lostâ€ť premiered on NBC in 1973 and in 1974, respectively. Later kids shows included â€śFar Out Space Nuts,â€ť â€śLost Saucerâ€ť and â€śThe Krofft Supershow,â€ť which included installments of â€śWonderbug,â€ť â€śBig Foot & Wildboy,â€ť â€śElectra Woman & Dyna Girl,â€ť â€śDr. Shrinkerâ€ť and â€śKaptain Kool and the Kongs.â€ť
In the 1970s and 1980s, the Kroffts also found success as producers of popular primetime variety series such as â€śThe Donny and Marie Show,â€ť â€śThe Brady Bunch Variety Hour,â€ť â€śPink Lady and Jeffâ€ť and the top-rated â€śBarbara Mandrell & the Mandrell Sisters.â€ť Krofft puppets were also regular characters on other variety shows of the period.
In 1984, the Kroffts made the bold move of giving comedian Richard Pryor his own award-winning Saturday morning childrenâ€™s series on CBS, â€śPryorâ€™s Place.â€ť Besides capitalizing on Pryorâ€™s irreverent humor, the show explored important social issues such as child abuse, divorce and the importance of reading. The Kroffts got political in 1987 with â€śD.C. Follies,â€ť a satirical TV series lampooning current events with amazing, larger-than-life puppets of celebrities, politicians and newsmakers.
Proof that the appeal of the Krofftsâ€™ iconic characters and timeless stories has not diminished can be found in the growing number of new fan sites online, strong sales of DVD collections and continuing enthusiasm for marathons on Nickelodeonâ€™s â€śNick at Nite.â€ť In addition Vivendi Home Video is releasing more of the Krofft library on DVD later this year.
A whole new generation of kids will get to enjoy the further adventures of â€śH.R. Pufnstufâ€ť (director Conrad Vernon) in the feature movie set up at Sony, as well as â€śSigmund & the Sea Monstersâ€ť movie, which is set up at Universal Studios. â€śElectra Woman & Dyna Girlâ€ť and â€śLidsvilleâ€ť are at the script-writing stage.
In the meantime, Krofft is helping Joe Ruby and Ken Spears find a home for their fabulous collection of unpublished Jack Kirby characters.
As Marty likes to say with a laugh, â€śYou canâ€™t kill our shows with a baseball bat.â€ť
But pleaseâ€¦ leave your Louisville Sluggers at home.
Bill TracyÂ started with Sid & Marty Krofft Pictures during their â€śBarbara MandrellÂ & theÂ Mandrell SistersÂ Showâ€ť.Â Â When the Mandrell show ended he transitioned to Purchasing Agent for the last few years of the famed Krofft Show Biz Factory.Â Â Â Since then he has worked in various positions and presently is responsible for the Krofft archives.
He received a Bachelors of Arts degree from the Radio TV Film Department of Cal State Northridge.
William J. Kay
Head of Business Affairs
William J. Kay is head of Business Affairs for Sid & Marty Krofft Pictures.Â In this role his duties include a broad spectrum of responsibilities in the legal and business aspects of television and film production including labor relations.Â Â He is responsible for and assists in strategic long term planning of intellectual property rights exploitation for film, television, and internet.Â Also, in this capacity works with entertainment contracts drafting, negotiating, and interpretation, for television licensing, DVD, digital distribution, and licensing of merchandising based up various intellectual properties.
Prior to his tenure at Sid & Marty Krofft Pictures, William Kay worked at the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA).Â His responsibilities included Residuals Contracts interpretation, enforcement, and collection based upon entertainment union collective bargaining agreements (CBA).Â Some of his other duties at AFTRA included staff union representation, collective bargaining contract negotiations, filing of grievance and procedures under the CBA, which included arbitration.
William J. Kay earned his Juris Doctorate from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles and is a member of the State Bar of California.Â William Kay received his bachelors in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles with a minor in Geography.
Kendra enjoys costume design and attended Otis College of Art and Design and worked in the wardrobe department on the Krofftâ€™s â€śLand of the Lostâ€ť TV series in the early 1990s. She also has worked as a professional makeup artist on music videos and TV shows.
Kendra also has a huge passion for Reality Television. She is developing several reality shows with her sister Deanna and is working towards getting the series on the air waves in the near future.
Music City News
Barbara Mandrell, Program of the Year, 1981
Action for Childrenâ€™s Television
Pryorâ€™s Place for Achievement in Childrenâ€™s Television, 1985
Youth In Film
Lifetime Achievement Award, 1992
It all started when their father, Peter Krofft, a master puppeteer in his own right, discovered seven-year-old Sid had puppeteering talent and auditioned him in his own production of â€śSnow...Read More