Douglas S. Cramer is one of the most successful production executives in television history. Cramer has been responsible for producing and developing many of the defining programs on U.S. television from the 1960s through the 1980s. In addition to the long-running smash hit Dynasty
and its spin-off The Colbys
, Cramer was crucial to developing such memorable television series as The Love Boat
, The Brady Bunch
, The Odd Couple
, Mission Impossible
and Peyton Place
. In all, Cramer has produced over 3000 hours of prime-time television entertainment.
Since the early 1960s onwards, Cramer has played an equally influential role in the promotion, support and patronage of contemporary American art. A founder of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and former Head of the Painting and Sculpture Committee at the Museum of Modern Art in New York for six years, he has acquired and gifted works to many of the world’s leading museums and has built one of the largest and finest private art collections of the last fifty years.
First started when Cramer was a young aspiring broadcaster working in advertising in the 1960s, the content of his Collection has moved from its beginnings in prints and drawings of 20th Century masters, to Californian painters of the 1960s, from European modern masters and spectacular holdings of favorite American modernists such as Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein and Ellsworth Kelly, to 1980s painters like David Salle, Eric Fischl and Julian Schnabel, and on to contemporary artists of today with John Currin, Cecily Brown, Elizabeth Peyton and Lisa Yuskavage.