Frank Cody began his filmmaking career in junior high, where for class credits he shot his first film. You won’t find it on NETFLIX. He appeared as an extra in Gene Kelly’s “Cheyenne Social Club” with Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart. Cody’s speaking role opposite Bette Davis is also nothing he will admit to. Filmmaking has been a integral component of his career since he was fifteen.
Cody is best known as the man The New York Times declared “the father of Smooth Jazz,” but few know that his impressive track record in the entertainment industry spans decades. And, all the while, Cody has produced, directed and created numerous film and video projects. He served as an executive at both NBC and ABC, as well as several major rock stations, produced countless entertainment specials, numerous recordings and in a very real sense, helped to shape the sound of modern American entertainment.
Frank is a tremendously creative talent who brings a warm, people-oriented energy and spirit to all his endeavors. His programming successes began in Los Angeles at ABC’s KLOS, and later at KBPI-Denver where his team took the station from eighth to first place in less than one year. In 1986, Cody guided the development of The WAVE format at KTWV, Los Angeles which became known worldwide as Smooth Jazz. In 1988, Cody co-founded Broadcast Architecture, the Princeton-based research and consulting firm serving the entertainment industries and a wide range of clients in North America, South America, Japan, and Europe including CBS, ABC, Viacom/MTV Networks, NRJ, RTL and FM Japan. His exhaustive research, analysis and interpretation of what resonates with the public has helped create media success stories around the globe.
In 2002 Cody joined music industry veteran Hyman Katz, and multiple Grammy nominee and recording artist, Dave Koz to found Rendezvous Entertainment. The media magazine Radio and Records declared “Record Label of the Year nominee, Rendezvous Entertainment has the highest hits-to-releases ratio of any company around.”
Frank Cody and Terry Rich now collaborate as PAZONA Productions, creating projects, shooting and editing video on location and at their studio in Galisteo, New Mexico.