Sandy Frank

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Sandy Frank
Born Mount Kisco, New York, USA
Occupation Television producer
Known for Founder of Sandy Frank Entertainment
For the television writer with the same name, see Sanford Jay Frank.

Sandy Frank, born Sundel Frank, (born 1929 in Mount Kisco, New York, USA) is an American television producer, distributor, and marketer of TV shows to US networks.

Early life and career[edit]

Frank started his career as a sales executive for Paramount Pictures, subsequently moving on to Guild Films, and NBC television. Later, he was 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.[citation needed]

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.).[citation needed]

Sandy Frank Entertainment[edit]

Frank's Company also sold the original Bill Cosby Show, The Dating Game, The Bobby Vinton Show, Treasure Hunt, and Lee Mendelson's Superstar Specials.

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 and American West

Battle of the Planets[edit]

Battle of the Planets is an American 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.

Mystery Science Theater 3000[edit]

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, including in a song titled "The Sandy Frank Song".[1] 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.[citation needed]

Recent alliances[edit]

In 2011, Frank has formed alliances with a number of companies such as The Asylum in the USA and Sony in other countries. Currently, SFE is marketing Dangerous Minds (hosted by Rudy Giuliani) for Primetime Network, You Asked for It for Prime Time Network, and Face the Music which is being re-launched in a new prime time version.

Personal life[edit]

On August 24, 2010, Frank was involved in an altercation with his wife, Brenda Frank. Both were arraigned separately and obtained orders of protection against the other.[2]


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