Rob Loos (pronounced like Los Padres) has worked on over 300 television shows, movies, and mini-movies® as writer, producer, and director, learning from legends like Peter Baldwin (WONDER YEARS, NEWHART) and Ken Kwapis (THE OFFICE, SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS) on how to get the best performance from the actors, make sure the story is told in the
way it was written, and guide the editing, post-production, and scoring on projects that have garnered over 100 awards. Rob’s career started a teenager, when he directed man-on-the-street interviews for the “I LOVE AKRON” campaign for McDaniel, Fisher & Spellman Advertising in Akron, Ohio. At Northwestern University (NU), Loos was taught by legendary film directors George Cukor (MY FAIR LADY, A STAR IS BORN), Garry Marshall (PRETTY WOMAN, PRINCESS DIARIES), and corresponded with director Orson Welles (CITIZEN KANE). At NU Loos directed films, television shows, a weekly Chicago Area radio comedy (THE V SHOW), and served as head writer and lyricist on the legendary WAA-MU SHOW.
After college, Loos headed for Los Angeles, where he served as Director of Development for Bob Banner Associates, and Director of Creative Affairs for Republic Pictures, where he launched 15 specials, 6 series, 3 pilots, and 2 movies in six years, including the long-running series STAR SEARCH and MOUSERCISE. Loos earned his way into the Writer’s Guild of America writing two television movies, sixty half-hour TV episodes, and three specials.
After Republic Loos joined with George Taweel as the co-founder-partner of TLC Entertainment. At TLC Loos wrote (or co-wrote) four live action films (THE CATCH, DESTINY, JIMMY POWERS SAVES THE WORLD, TILLY), three animated direct-to-video movies (BUSTER & CHAUNCEY’S SILENT NIGHT, THE CHRISTMAS LAMB, THE LEGEND OF THE THREE TREES), twenty digital episodes (JOHN LITHGOW’S PALLOZAVILLE), and one hundred and five half–hour shows (MCGEE AND ME!, SECRET ADVENTURES, FANTASTIC FOUR, THE ALL NEW CAPTAIN KANGAROO, MISTER MOOSE’S FUNTIME, KIDS’ TEN COMMANDMENTS, LITTLE PEOPLE, J-FILES, etc.). Loos directed TLC’s large stage productions for Busch Gardens Tampa, FL and Williamburg, VA which ran over 5,000 performances.
Loos left TLC to focus full time on zing productions inc., a Hollywood-based motion picture and television group. zing signed a co-production deal with CBS/Cookie Jar which resulted in two TV pilots (SHARK KEY, COCONUT ISLAND), followed by a four year deal with Rollman Entertainment Inc. where Loos wrote and produced Nickelodeon’s NFL RUSH ZONE, IESODO, and the pilot for TEAM XYZ.
Loos was selected as a screenwriter in Residence at The New Harmony Project where his screenplay WILL TO SUCCEED was honored and soon (hopefully) will become a film starring Academy Award winners® Richard Dreyfus and Helen Hunt with Loos directing. Loos will write and direct the feature films RACER and MAGIC IN THE AIR for ReelWorks Studios with Rick Eldridge producing.
zing has also given Loos the freedom to follow his wide range of interests, including writing a musical (The Moss Hart-Kitty Carlisle Hart New Play award winner, CHRISTMAS IN AKRON: THE MUSICAL), co-authoring a book (with 60 other writers) WITHOUT RESERVE, writing a graphic novel (SHARK KEY), a young adult novel (WILL TO SUCCEED), and a monthly column for the Ledger newspapers in Los Angeles.
Loos has received 105 awards for creative excellence, including multiple Parents’ Choice Awards, New York Film Festivals, Accolade Awards, Telly Awards, and the Cine Golden Eagle. In addition, Loos was awarded the Servant’s Heart Award from Inter-Mission in 1997, the Knight Fellowship from Western Reserve Academy in 2001, the inaugural Writers’ Gathering in Israel Fellowship in 2007.
Loos is married to his high school classmate, the brilliant and talented, Dr. Mary Anne Doyle, and he has two children. In his spare time he plays tennis and golf. He thanks God for every day that he is allowed to work with amazing people and bring uplifting and interesting projects to the world.
Click to read full biography.
Music technology expert Craig Knudsen combines exceptional creativity, in-depth knowledge of software engineering, performance mastery and keen insight into the needs of musical customers to innovate pioneering technology that makes music-making more accessible, enjoyable and meaningful to global audiences.
Drawing on 30+ years of industry experience, Knudsen has been called one of the “top innovators in music software and technology” by Yamaha, the world’s largest music product manufacturer. As an inventor for Yamaha, he has designed numerous groundbreaking technologies, including “Follow Lights” “CueTIME” and “Kooky Karaoke” for the Clavinova digital piano, as well as “SmartKEY” for the Disklavier performance reproducing piano.
Knudsen additionally co-created Music DeLIGHTS®, the nation’s first group music participation program to use linked portable keyboards to inspire older musicians to play – instantly and effortlessly – thanks to the instruments’ lighted keys that guide their progress and performance.
Knudsen also serves as the official “Technology Guy” for the international YouTube sensation, The Piano Guys. In this role, Knudsen drives R&D efforts and integrates new technology platforms into the work of the renowned SONY artists, to help capture and share their artistry in new and innovative ways.
Knudsen has served as the musical director for the opening ceremonies of Universal Studios Hollywood, and created two shows for Disneyland’s $15 million renovation of Tomorrowland’s Home of the Future, featuring Yamaha instruments. Knudsen frequently tours the United States, demonstrating his inventions for Yamaha to music retailers, at tradeshows, and on television. An accomplished keyboardist, Knudsen has performed at Carnegie Hall.
Knudsen holds a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Economics from Northwestern University, and an MBA from Harvard University.