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Laura Engel, one half of boutique film music powerhouse Kraft-Engel Management, loves her job to the point that she arouses career envy. And with good reason. With a client list that includes Alexandre Desplat ("The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Unbroken," "The Imitation Game"), Danny Elfman ("Big Eyes"), Marco Beltrami ("The Homesman") and John Powell ("How to Train Your Dragon 2"), the composers she and Richard Kraft rep are perennially in the awards conversation. Kraft also spends a lot of time in her Sherman Oaks, Calif., office, so much time, in fact, that it's essentially her home away from home. "I work long hours until 8 or 9 p.m.," she says. "When I'm not traveling I'm just here."

Laura Engel

CO-OWNER, KRAFT-ENGEL MANAGEMENT With the company since 1997

Before that: Owner, Engel Entertainment

TASTE FOR VINTAGE: While Kraft Is an avid collector of memorabilia, Engel is more of a classicist, adorning her own personal office space with antique leather-upholstered chairs and a vintage desk with inlaid emblems, selected by best friend and interior decorator Dian Bethune Coble.

PERSONAL MEMENTOS: Virtually everything that's framed and/or hanging on the walls in Engel's office have a story behind them, whether they're signed pieces of sheet music from Desplat ("The King's Speech"), Philip Glass ("The Hours") or Elfman ("Edward Scissorhands"), or a framed $1 million royalty check made out to "Frozen" composer Christophe Beck. Another cherished item is a photograph of her late father-in-law, Louis C. Blau, of Loeb & Loeb, who was Stanley Kubrick's attorney for 45 years. Both are shown on the set of Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey." "I learned a lot from Lou," says Engel. "He was more than just a lawyer to his clients. He was a mentor, partner, guru."

THE WEST IS THE BEST: "In every office I've ever had I've always insisted that I have windows facing west," says the fashionable Engel, "because I love to see the sunset, and I'm always in my office after sunset."

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Title Annotation:LAIR; Laura Engel at Kraft-Engel Management
Author:Chagollan, Steve
Publication:Variety
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 10, 2014
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