|Born||New York City, U.S.|
|Known for||Founder of Sandy Frank Entertainment|
Sandy Frank is an American television producer and international TV program distributor as well as a marketer of TV shows to US networks.
Early life and career
Frank started his career as a sales executive for Paramount Pictures, subsequently moving on to Guild Films, and NBC television. He landed the key position of Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales with the television division of the Wrather Corporation, which produced and distributed the Lassie and Lone Ranger TV programs.
In 1964, he opened his first company, Sandy Frank Program Sales, Inc., and his first distribution successes were You Asked For It and Lassie (which he had acquired the rights for from the Wrather Corp.).
Sandy Frank Entertainment
Sandy Frank later produced and distributed Name That Tune and Battle of the Planets. Frank was also the leading distributor of travel adventure shows including America, High and Wild, Across the Seven Seas, The Traveler, American West, etc.
Battle of the Planets
Battle of the Planets is an American animated television adaptation of the Japanese anime series Gatchaman. Of the 105 original Gatchaman episodes, 85 were used in the Battle of the Planets adaptation, produced by Sandy Frank Entertainment in 1978. The outer space series was distributed worldwide in over 100 countries as well as stripped on in over 90 stations in US syndication.
Mystery Science Theater 3000
Frank's company is also well known for its frequent appearances on Mystery Science Theater 3000, where some of the company's dubs of Japanese films were lampooned. They summed their thoughts up of the company in a song entitled "The Sandy Frank Song". In a 2012 interview, he mentioned he thought the show was "cute", "ok" and "a laugh" and his films on the show were nothing he took seriously.
In 2011, Frank has formed alliances with a number of companies such as The Asylum in the USA and Sony in the international marketplace. Currently, SFE is marketing Dangerous Minds (hosted by Rudy Giuliani) for Primetime Network (an anti terror TV series), You Asked for It for Prime Time Network, and Face the Music, which is being re-launched in a new prime time version.
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