Sid & Marty Krofft
Many of the most colorful and fondly remembered children’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 “H.R. Pufnstuf,” “Lidsville,” and “Land of the Lost” 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.
Sid & Marty first came on the scene when they immigrated from Montreal to New York City with their father, Peter Krofft. Sid Krofft (born July 30, 1929) had taken to puppeteering at an early age. This love for puppeteering would eventually lead him to his first job working for the Ringling Brothers Circus where he was billed as “the world’s youngest puppeteer”. Marty Krofft (born April 9, 1937) began his career doing several odd jobs including a Ford car dealership. He had worked on and off with Puppets alongside Sid, but he everything would change when the brothers decided to do the world’s first adult only puppet show Les Poupées de Paris. The success of this show would take them to new heights.
The Kroffts made their television debut in 1969 with NBC’s “H.R. Pufnstuf,” which centered on the magical adventures of boy named Jimmy, a talking flute and a six-foot dragon. The series, which introduced the brothers’ 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. “Pufnstuf” was quickly followed by “The Bugaloos” on NBC (1970) and “Lidsville” on ABC (1971). “Sigmund & the Sea Monsters” and “Land Of The Lost” premiered on NBC in 1973 and in 1974, respectively. Later kids shows included “Far Out Space Nuts,” “Lost Saucer” and “The Krofft Supershow,” which included installments of “Wonderbug,” “Big Foot & Wildboy,” “Electra Woman & Dyna Girl,” “Dr. Shrinker” and “Kaptain Kool and the Kongs.”
In the 1970s and 1980s, the Kroffts also found success as producers of popular primetime variety series such as “The Donny and Marie Show,” “The Brady Bunch Variety Hour,” “Pink Lady and Jeff” and the top-rated “Barbara Mandrell & the Mandrell Sisters.” 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 children’s series on CBS, “Pryor’s Place.” Besides capitalizing on Pryor’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 “D.C. Follies,” a satirical TV series lampooning current events with amazing, larger-than-life puppets of celebrities, politicians and newsmakers.
Proof that the appeal of the Kroffts’ 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 Nickelodeon’s “Nick at Nite.” 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 “H.R. Pufnstuf” (director Conrad Vernon) in the feature movie set up at Sony, as well as “Sigmund & the Sea Monsters” movie, which is set up at Universal Studios. “Electra Woman & Dyna Girl” and “Lidsville” 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, “You can’t kill our shows with a baseball bat.”
But please… leave your Louisville Sluggers at home.
Deanna Krofft Pope
VP, Development and Production
Deanna Krofft Pope is the financial officer for Sid and Marty Krofft; along as a co-producer on Mutt & Stuff (Nickelodeon) and Sigmund and the Sea Monsters (Amazon). Deanna has since adopted two of the puppies from Mutt & Stuffs puppy play pen segment.
Mrs. Krofft Pope is also mother of three with a full schedule between producing and attending all her children’s academic and sports events.
Deanna is Marty’s eldest daughter and has been part of the business for more than 25 years.
Kendra is the head of the makeup department on the Krofft’s hit Preschool show “Mutt & Stuff”. Mrs. Krofft-Moreno was also the department head on the Krofft reboot with Amazon from their original series, “Sigmund and the Sea Monsters.”
Recently creating the face of Benita Bizarre (Lise Simms) on her fathers pilot for “The Bugaloos”, Kendra has also done makeup on numerous music videos and television shows.
Kendra attended Otis College of Art and Design and in the early 90’s she worked in the wardrobe department on Sid & Marty Krofft’s “Land of the Lost” series.
Kendra is Marty Kroffts youngest daughter!
William J. Kay
Head of Business Affairs
William J. Kay is head of Business Affairs for Sid & Marty Krofft Pictures. He is responsible for & assists in strategic long term planning of intellectual property rights exploitation for film, television, and internet. Mr. Kay works with entertainment contracts drafting, negotiating, and interpretation, for television licensing, DVD, digital distribution, and licensing of merchandising.
Mr. Kay earned his Juris Doctorate from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles and is a member of the State Bar of California. William received his bachelors in Political Science from the University of CA, Los Angeles with a minor in Geography.
William worked at the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). Some of his duties at AFTRA included staff union representation, collective bargaining contract negotiations, filing of grievance and procedures under the CBA, which included arbitration.
Bill Tracy started with Sid & Marty Krofft Pictures during their “Barbara Mandrell & the Mandrell Sisters Show”. When the Mandrell show ended he transitioned to Purchasing Agent for the last few years of the famed Krofft Show Biz Factory. 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.
Christine is the Executive Assistant to Marty Krofft. She has been with the Krofft’s since 2008 and has helped produce the Krofft’s more recent shows: “Land of the Lost” (2009), “Mutt & Stuff” (2015), and “Sigmund & the Sea Monsters” (2017). Having previously worked in the world of finance, she plays an essential role in day to day operations.
Music City News
Barbara Mandrell, Program of the Year, 1981
Action for Children’s Television
Pryor’s Place for Achievement in Children’s Television, 1985
Youth In Film
Lifetime Achievement Award, 1992
It all started when Sid & Marty Krofft's father Peter Krofft, discovered seven-year-old Sid (born July 30, 1929) had puppeteering talent and auditioned him in his own production of “Snow...Read More