Kaufman spearheaded an international expansion of the company by personally signing and becoming their first US representative, such diverse talent as Hans Zimmer, Rachel Portman, Gabriel Yared, Stanley Myers, Yello, Dick Hyman, Mason Daring, Carl Davis, Michael Nyman, Jean Claude Petit, Richard Harvey, Michael Gibbs, Barrington Pheloung, John DuPrez, Mark Suozzo, Vladimir Cosma, Colin Towns, Richard Hartley, Klaus Doldinger, and many others to the agency..
Over the next decade, Kaufman was a partner in the Bart Milander Agency and its various incarnations including Milander, Schleussner, Kaufman, and Film Music Associates which merged with Soundtrack Music Associates. By late 1996, Kaufman left the agency in a situation similar to the film, “Jerry McGuire” to open up his own firm, The Kaufman Agency.
The Kaufman Agency formed on January 1, 1997, represents composers who have been the recipients of awards worldwide who specialize in all venues of music including film, television, commercials, theater, installations, live performance and museums.
Jeff H Kaufman is a member of The Screen Actor’s Guild, British Academy of Film Television and Arts (BAFTA-LA), Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, The Large Format Screen Association, Independent Features Projects West, The ACLU , The Southern Poverty Law Center and an alumnus of UCLA and CSUN with a degree in Speech Communication and Media Relations .
Kaufman has been a columnist for the foreign publication, “Film Music” on the state of Film Music in today’s marketplace and has been a speaker/ lecturer at several well-known universities. His extensive knowledge of film history along with his collection of memorabilia, recorded music and film is a testament to his love of the industry and it’s potential.
Jeff H Kaufman began his career in film as a child actor during the 1960’s. He appeared on several popular shows and in a half dozen commercials. In the mid Seventies, he was co-founder of an international fan mail service business whose clients included ABC, UNIVERSAL and WARNER BROTHERS. In the late 70’s, he became a manager and buyer for Rene’s All Ears (a local new / used record store located on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles) it was at Celebrity Mail Service and Rene’s All Ears that he met and interacted with many background and foreground players in the film and record industry.
In January 1986, Richard Kraft a customer of the record store and film music agent at Bart-Milander Associates, the oldest film music firm whose clients at the time included Miklos Rozsa, Elmer Bernstein, Henry Mancini, Georges Delerue, Danny Elfman, Trevor Jones, Lee Holdridge, Alan Silvestri, Bill Conti, Angelo Badalamenti, Basil Poledouris, Lalo Schifrin, Stewart Copeland, David Newman, Christopher Young, Shirley Walker, Mark Snow, Richard Rodney Bennett, Francis Lai, Michel Legrand , J. Peter Robinson, Stanley Clarke among many other internationally respected artists, approached Kaufman to join the firm. Kaufman began work immediately and within the year became an agent with the company.