Ralph Kamp entered the industry in 1981 working on the feature film MONTY PYTHON’S MEANING OF LIFE, before joining the MONTY PYTHON Organisation on a permanent basis, looking after all the interests of the 6 Python’s (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones & Michael Palin,) going on to help raise finance and work on many of the Pythons later films (A FISH CALLED WANDA and THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN are just 2 examples).
He convinced the management to let him start a sales business handling the worldwide sales of MONTY PYTHON’S FLYING CIRCUS TV Series (45 x 30 mins) and other films that they owned. It became quickly apparent that Ralph had found an area of the business that best suited his passion for films and his born skills as a salesman.
In the Summer of 1988, he joined Guy East’s new company MAJESTIC FILMS as a sales executive. In a little over a year Ralph was promoted to Director of Sales with a string of critical and financial hit movies such as DRIVING MISS DAISY, Kenneth Branagh’s HENRY V and the multi-Oscar winning blockbuster DANCES WITH WOLVES.
In 1992 Ralph was headhunted for the Chief Executive role at LUMIERE. Lumiere had acquired the 2000 title EMI Library but had just reported a huge loss. Within eighteen months, Ralph boosted the sales side of the business, the company reporting a £6m profit on a turnover of £44m. The company was then sold to UGC and later to Canal Plus.
In September 1995, Ralph joined Mel Gibson and Bruce Davey as CEO and a shareholder in the newly formed ICON ENTERTAINMENT INTERNATIONAL. Ralph was responsible for all aspects of film financing, production, sales & distribution as well as the overall direction and growth of the international division. Films included WHAT WOMEN WANT, SPICEWORLD and IDEAL HUSBAND.
After 6 very successful years at Icon, Ralph in partnership with a group of investors, founded a new production, finance and sales company ODYSSEY ENTERTAINMENT. The first slate of films included a $40m animated feature VALIANT and the $83m musical THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Both films would go on to score great success at the worldwide box office with $56m and $160m respectively.
Over the next 7 years, Odyssey would arrange finance and distribute 34 feature films including THE LIBERTINE starring Johnny Depp, Oscar nominated AUGUST RUSH with Robin Williams and Freddie Highmore, LASSIE, and 2 more very successful animated features HAPPILY NEVER AFTER and SPACE CHIMPS.
The company enjoyed enormous commercial and critical success with its films and built a first class reputation within the industry. It became especially well known as the leading independent production, finance and sales company of family entertainment with particular emphasis on animation, an area that Ralph would continue to pursue in his next venture.
In September 2009, Ralph launched his own international production, finance and sales company TIMELESS FILMS and continues his long standing relationships with producers, distributors and financiers across the world. Timeless Films has a unique position in the worldwide marketplace as the only independent sales company that specialises exclusively in animated and family films. In the first 3 years of operation, Timeless has partnered with Constantin Film on the hugely successful release of the German-language children’s favourite WICKIE THE MIGHTY VIKING ($56m box office) and ANIMALS UNITED 3D ($68m box office, in addition to a huge success on DVD via ARC Entertainment and Walmart in the US). Timeless also released the 3D sequel WICKIE AND THE TREASURE OF THE GODS and SPACE CHIMPS 2: ZARTOG STRIKES BACK, a 3D sequel to the very successful 20th Century Fox animated feature. Due to hit cinemas internationally and domestically from September 2013 Timeless has JUSTIN AND THE KNIGHTS OF VALOUR (3D) being produced by Academy Award nominated KANDOR Graphics and Antonio Banderas, featuring the voices of Freddie Highmore, Antonio Banderas and Saoirse Ronan. Presently in production are POSTMAN PAT: THE MOVIE with Classic Media and RGH Entertainment for Easter 2014 release, and THE LEGEND OF THE UNDERZOO with ARC Productions and writer/director Warren Coleman, both 3D CG animated features.