Billy Frank (producer)

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Billy Frank [1] (born February 12, 1964) is an American producer and owner of Make It Happen Productions,[2] founded in 1994.

Early life

Billy Frank was born in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County. He attended Riverside Elementary School from kindergarten through sixth grade and Miliken Jr. High for grades seven through eight. From 1981 to 1982 he attended University High School. From 1970-1978 Billy played baseball at Sherman Oaks Park with a parks and recreation team, thus propelling his lifelong love of the sport which would later include his stint as an Olympian. At the young age of seventeen, Frank entered the workforce while enrolling in Valley College for Business and Theater from 1983-1984 and then UCLA Extension for Television Production from 1984-1985.

Music Licensing

At 18 years old, Frank landed his first job in the entertainment industry at ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers) where he worked in music clearance. It was his responsibility to educate the public on how to use music in television and films. From there he was recruited to run the music department for Dick Clark Productions where he was in charge of the Index Department on hit shows such as TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes, American Music Awards (AMAs) and Country Music Awards (CMAs). Before long, Frank was associated with some of the biggest names in the business like Stevie Wonder, Barbara Streisand, Prince and Burt Bacharach.

Acting career

In 1986 Frank went on a life-changing trip to the Caribbean with Dick Clark Productions to work on The All Star Caribbean Cruise. It was here that he decided he would like to try acting and when he returned to Los Angeles he jumped into the endeavor full force getting roles in projects such as Grotesque with Guy Stockwell and Linda Blair. During this time he also took jobs in many areas of the entertainment industry from casting to production to a union sets and prop person all culminating in his ability at a young age to afford his first home.

Producing

In 1994, Frank decided to try his hands at producing. He bought the rights to a forthcoming book called The Ritz Brothers, The Forgotten Clowns. He loved the story of the vaudeville act originally discovered by producer Darryl Zanuck so he created a short retrospective and sold it to AMC Film Presentation Festival and Make It Happen Productions was born.

In 1994, Frank officially started Make It Happen Productions, which began by creating specials for television mogul Peter Lagueria; videos that assisted in creating awareness for HIV/AIDS which garnered Frank his first Spirit of Hope Award; and promotional campaigns that launched such shows as FX’s hits The Shield (record-breaking premiere), Nip/Tuck and NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

In 1998, Frank was hired by Bank of America and the Australian Tourist Commission to create a 35mm movie about Australia in anticipation of the 2000 Olympic Games. He traveled the world for the international launch campaign, ultimately launching the movie on The Tonight Show.

In 1998 Frank worked with Les Moonves on spoof campaigns that assisted the sale of CBS’s Survivor to multimillion-dollar advertisers. Frank debuted these campaigns at George W. Bush’s Washington Congressional Dinner as well as airing live on C-Span and CNBC.

Frank has developed and produced work for Ford Motor Company, Hershey’s, Fox Discovery and many other blue chip corporations. He is currently creating his own intellectual property.

In 2012 Make It Happen Productions collaborated on the special Real Music Live which aired directly after Saturday Night Live and recorded record-breaking numbers for the network. According to NBC PR at the time, ″RML [is] gaining traction in the social media world accomplishing such notable feats as becoming one of the most shared videos and breaking the top ten ‘most popular’ videos on YouTube.″[3] Within 24 hours of being posted on YouTube, the promo for the second special was viewed by over 150,000 people.

In 2013, Frank developed and produced On Begley Street with partner Raphael Sbarge and Ed Begley Jr for EVOX Networks. The show focuses on the Begley family’s deconstruction of their new home of which they donate 96% of the discarded materials to Habitat for Humanity – a passion project for Frank who became inspired towards environmental causes and attempting to create a personal green carbon footprint while working on the show. On Begley Street won numerous awards nationwide including the Best New Media Award at the Burbank International Film Festival. EVOX described the web series as one that "explores the building of North America’s greenest, most sustainable home. [It follows] noted actor and environmentalist Ed Begley Jr. and his wife, Rachelle Carson-Begley, as they attempt to build their home under LEED Platinum Certified standards".[4]

Community and Charity

As a way to give back to the community, Frank took on a role as Adjunct Professor for Carnegie Mellon University in he Heinz School's Master of Entertainment Industry Management Program from 2008-2009.

In the summer of 2013, Frank traveled to Israel to compete in the 19th Annual Maccabiah Games, winning the Silver medal in Masters Men's Softball.

For the past 15 years, Make It Happen Productions has offered an internship program for students interested in the industry.

LA City Games

Frank recently acquired the L.A. City Games, formerly known as the L.A. Watts Games. The organization "focuses on team sport, in which the goal is to achieve maximum excellence and participation by having young athletes work together as a group and engage in fair play with other athletes from different backgrounds.[5]"

Personal life

Frank resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife and daughter.

Awards

Year Association Category Work Result
2000 Ojai Film Festival Best Promotional 35mm Film Sirius Satellite Radio, Inside the Radio nominated
2005 Telly Awards Corporate Image/Non-Broadcast Sirius Satellite Radio, Inside the Radio won
2005 Telly Awards Sales/Non-Broadcast Productions Sirius Satellite Radio, Inside the Radio won
2008 PROMAXBDA North America [6] Gold, Holiday/Seasonal/Special Event Program The Discovery Channel's Ocean of Fear: Shark Week won
2008 PROMAXBDA North America Bronze, Holiday/Seasonal/Special Event Program The Discovery Channel's Ocean of Fear: Shark Week won
2005 PROMAXBDA North America Silver, Art Direction and Design: Tropical Promo Campaign The Discovery Channel's Pompeii: The Last Day won
2008 PROMAXBDA Latin America Gold, Station/Network Image Campaign 'Warner Channel's Bim Bam Bum won
2008 PROMAXBDA Latin America Gold, On-Air Identity Campaign (Multiple Warner Channel's Bim Bam Bum won
2013 Burbank International Film Festival Best New Media] On Begley Street won
2013 Aurora Awards Platinum, Best Of Show (Environment/Nature) On Begley Street won
2012 -2013 NBC Highest Rated Special in its time-slot in NBC history Real Music Live won
2011 Aurora Awards Platinum, Best of Show Pool Safely Educational Video Series won
2011 Telly Awards[7] Bronze, Education Pool Safely Educational Video Series won
2011 Telly Awards Silver, Public Service Pool Safely Educational Video Series won
2011 Telly Awards Bronze, People's Telly Pool Safely Educational Video Series won
2011 Bulldog Awards Silver, Best Use of Video/Internet Pool Safely Educational Video Series won

References

  1. Billy Frank IMDB. International Movie Database. imdb.com/billyfrank 2016 [1]
  2. Make It Happen productions. MIHP. www.mihp.tv 2016
  3. Billy Frank. PR Web. N Focus Entertainment in Association with Make It Happen Productions Announces RML Airing on Select NBC Stations Following the January 5th Episode of SNL. January 28 2016. [2]
  4. On Begley Street. About the Series. http://evoxtelevision.com/series/begley-street. Evox Television 2014.
  5. LACity Games. lacitygames.com. 2016. [3]
  6. PROMAXBDA
  7. Telly Award Winners