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The Mark Twain Prize (2003)
Meet the Producers

On Stage at the Kennedy Center: The Mark Twain Prize 2004 was produced by:

Bob Kaminsky (Executive Producer) is a producer, writer, and director of programs for network and cable television. His credits include The Presidents' Summit For Americas Future featuring former President Clinton, General Colin Powell, and Oprah Winfrey, The Grammy Awards, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, The Montreal Comedy Festival and Spy magazine's How to Be Famous, among others. He is a former A&R executive for A&M Records and traveled America producing the legendary King Biscuit Flour Hour. He also produced the Grammy-nominated Bette Midler album Mud Will be Flung Tonight: and In Some of Your Favorite Faces. He is currently a partner in Riptide Music Inc., (a music licensing and scoring company servicing the film, television, advertising, and game industries); recent credits include Sex and the City, CSI, Carnivale, Smallville, and Alias. He lives in Brentwood, California.

Peter Kaminsky (Executive Producer) is the former managing editor of National Lampoon. He has written and produced television specials starring Jerry Seinfeld, Mary Tyler Moore, John Candy, Jane Curtin, and Bob Newhart. Kaminsky is well known as a journalist and author. His "Outdoors" column and food writing appear regularly in the New York Times and Food & Wine. His forthcoming book, Pig Perfect: Encounters with Remarkable Swine, will be published by Hyperion in Spring 2005. Mr. Kaminsky, whose father wrote for Jackie Gleason, lives in Brooklyn.

Mark Krantz (Executive Producer) is president of Mark Krantz Productions, a New York-based entertainment and television company. His many television, live event, and stage credits include: Hard Rock Live (VH1), The President’s Summit for America’s Future in Philadelphia, America’s Promise — A Report to the Nation for General Colin Powell (FOX), George C. Wolfe’s Harlem Song, Richard Pryor’s I Ain’t Dead Yet! Birthday Special (Comedy Central), Elaine Stritch at Liberty (Neil Simon Theater), The Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremonies, and musical celebrations of Carlos Santana (Universal Amphitheatre) and Carole King (Madison Square Garden). Mr. Krantz has produced the Friars Club Celebrity Roast for five years. He is most proud to have been involved in the development of the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize since its inception in 1998 — and even prouder of his wife Sandra and three boys Andrew, Tommy and Luke. They reside in South Salem, New York.

Cappy McGarr (Executive Producer) is President of McGarr Capital Holdings, LLC, an investment company in Dallas, Texas. He served as a Trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts from 1996 to 2002. He has championed the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize since its inception. McGarr serves on the Board of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation and is a member of the Board of The Foundation for the National Archives. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He is a past Chairman of the Development Board of the University of Texas at Austin. McGarr has appeared on Wall $treet Week, and has been featured twice in Barron’s. He received three degrees from the University of Texas, a Bachelor of Arts in 1973, Bachelor of Journalism in 1975 and a Master of Business Administration in 1977.


A co-production of WETA Washington D.C.; The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Mark Krantz Productions; and Comedia.

Copyright © 2005 GWETA | Published February 16, 2005