About 12 Rounds Media
With over twenty-five years of experience in media and event production, we understand how to deliver a message. This is why we view our client relationships as partnerships. We operate under the premise that when our clients succeed, we succeed. Whether through television commercials or shows, branding or social media campaigns, corporate videos, or novels, we specialize in telling great stories that will enable our clients to succeed at their business goals.
Grant Kauffman, Founder, 12 Rounds Media, LLC
From Don King to the Osmonds — the last twenty-five years have been an interesting ride for founder/producer/director/author Grant Kauffman, an expert in perseverance. He was first bitten by the entrepreneurial bug when he was just a kid, its venom never leaving his body. In college it manifested itself as his first business, a music production company, specializing in local music groups and concert promotion. From there at the age of 23, he started a small publishing company, which led to a unique and life-changing opportunity. In 1995 Grant was hired by boxing promoter Don King to work in promotions and public relations. Within two weeks on the job he had enjoyed a lobster dinner with Don King and played an active role in one of the most successful boxing promotions of all time; “He’s Back: Tyson vs. McNeely”.
“There were no seats for me ringside so I sat on the second step leading up to the ring. I could literally reach up and touch the canvas. I was sitting that close. It was as surreal a moment as I’ve ever had. I’d spent my entire life living in Nebraska and the next thing you know I’m ringside along with every A-list celebrity for the biggest sporting event in years. Life is funny that way, which is why quitting is never an option.” During his two years at Don King Productions, Grant worked in promotions and public relations for a year before working as a producer/editor for Don’s television network. The final fight he worked on was the infamous Holyfield-Tyson II fight, the ear-bite brawl.
After leaving Don King Productions, Grant moved to Dallas for a short six months, where he edited an independent film, one that never saw the light of day.
“The film didn’t go anywhere which didn’t surprise me. I was okay with that because I made it into IMDB—isn’t that the true measure of a man anyway?”
In January of 1998, Grant moved to Denver to work for a software company, J.D. Edwards. Three and a half years after arriving in the Mile High City, Grant launched a video production company with two talented partners. It was August 2001, just one month prior to the world-changing forever.
Within a year, Grant branched off on his own with his first sole operation, ONYX Entertainment, Inc., a media production company. During this time he began to hone his writing skills, completing his first screenplay, a gut-wrenching drama called Honor Thy Mother. This was also around the time he first began to develop his idea for a unique story about a group of kids who get trapped beneath the earth’s surface.
“There have been countless times as an adult where I’d felt trapped by circumstances, unable to find a way out. So, I started thinking of a way to tell my story, and being trapped in a cave system three hundred feet down seemed like a great metaphor. But I knew that the story would be so much better if it involved kids.”
But the story would have to wait. In October of 2004, Grant moved his family from Denver to the Dallas area, hoping to finally act on the long-standing dream of starting an entertainment company in the Lone Star state. In 2011 the ideas for his novel began to gain momentum. Two years later, he released Project 14: The Legend of Beelzebub’s Bluff, through publisher Sourced Media Books which was owned by Amy Osmond Cook, daughter of Wayne, niece of Donny and Marie.
In early 2015 Grant Kauffman launched a media and entertainment production company, 12 Rounds Media, LLC. Soon after he was brought in to produce and direct the pilot episode of Your RV Life. Not long after, his concept for a docu-follow series called “Million Dollar Rustic” almost landed 12 Rounds Media its first TV show deal. While the deal didn’t quite get made, it did open the door for future projects at a number of networks and it established a relationship with the Lorna Dave Agency.
Grant recently wrapped shooting on a new show for HBOMax where he serves as on-camera talent, a new role for him. 12 Rounds Media is currently working on a number of show concepts, including a horror series, live event productions featuring professional boxing and MMA, and the launch of a new streaming service. All the while they continue to produce numerous television and social media commercials, promotional videos, and social media campaigns in the Dallas/Ft. Worth market. There are also several entertainment-based projects in the works including the launch of GoodHomeTV, a new furniture-shopping network. Grant also plans to finish writing the second book in the Project 14 series, Project 14: Blood Moon on the Bayou. Grant Kauffman holds a BA in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Project 14: The Legend of Beelzebub’s Bluff and Rattlebone Tales Vol. 1 are available at amazon.com