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Kringlekin 1998 Emmy Award Story


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"A restless couple rack up Emmy"
Bakersfield Californian - August 16th, 1998

Handcrafted Kringlekins that adorned "The Young and the Restless" set in December won Lietzmanns a Daytime Emmy Award for decoration. Debra Lietzmann won a Daytime Emmy for Christmas set design on the soap opera "Young and The Restless" with her Kringlekin characters. Big surprises come in small packages. When Frederick and Debra Lietzmann received a Federal Express package three weeks ago, they were surprised to discover their Bakersfield business, Designs and Wonders, had won a Daytime Emmy Award for set decoration on "The Young and the Restless." The Lietzmans' win for Art Direction, Set Decoration and Scenic Design for a Drama Series came at the Daytime Emmy Awards show in May. But because the couple isn't part of the Hollywood jet set, news of the award was slow in coming.

"We didn't even know we were submitted to the Academy," Frederick Lietzmann said of their surprise win. Designs and Wonders, which specializes in handcrafted collectables and novelties, was recognized for its Kringlekins, small Christmas elves that adorned "The Young and the Restless" set last December and which were central to the theme that earned the Daytime Emmy.

Andrea Joel, a "Young and the restless' set decorator, discovered the Lietzman' work at a Los Angeles crafts show and decided to integrate Kringlekins into the television show's holiday themes."I didn't know how we were going to do it, but we were going to have Christmas in Nick and Sharon's house," Joel recalled, referring to the characters Nick and Sharon Newman, who were celebrating their first Christmas with son Noah. The Kringlekins were the focus of numerous close-up shots, Joel said. "I made one order with them and I actually had to call them back (for more Kringlekins) and they hand-made the dolls for us during the week," Joel said. "They worked extraordinarily hard for us. They did whatever they could to get them to us. They must have made five or six dozen." She said"The Young and the Restless" had never before submitted a holiday theme show for Emmy consideration, but producers thought the set was worthy because it was beautiful and different. "There is no question we will use them again next year," Joel said of the Lietzmanns and their work.

"'Although both Frederick, and his wife Debra, had past experience decorating television and movie sets, they hadn't done set decoration work since both made Designs and Wonders a full-time endeavor in 1990. Debra Lietzmann started the company in 1984 after working in various art and design jobs since 1969. Frederick joined full time after being laid off from a sales job at a Bakersfield computer firm in 1990."It was pretty frightening at the time, but it was the best thing that ever happened to us," he said, referring to the lay-off. "That year Designs and Wonders earnings were extremely modest. Revenues have been increaseing at an incredible rate due to the popularity of their Kringlekin characters, which the couple began marketing by traveling a circuit of Christmas display shows in the West.

Typically, the Lietzmans tour The Harvest Festival, traveling through Arizona, California and Nevada, where they rent space and construct an intricate, fully animated Christmas set. "'"It takes 13 hours to put it up," Lietzman said of Kringlekin Corner. "Imagine decorating your entire house each weekend and then putting it away." "This year, The Lietzmans will display Kringlekin Corner at Holidays of Magic in Bakersfield, the first time they have sold the Kringlekins at a Bakersfield show. "'Designs and Wonders also sells medieval court jester designs, some of which were used in the Jim Carrey movie, "The Cable Guy."

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