Kiki Stockhammer was once one of the most visible people on the
internet, and in the video graphics industry. In the early 90's, she
worked for a company called NewTek that made in innovative new product
called Video Toaster. At the time, this product was designed for use on
the Amiga computer, which had better graphics than any other. Video
Toaster started the desktop computer video graphics revolution and won
an Emmy. In 1994, Kiki and a number of other NewTek employees left and
started a new company, Play Incorporated. This company also produced
innovative video graphics products (it's technology is used in the new
"Star Wars" movies). Kiki Stockhammer was the "face" of Play, Inc.,
appearing in their ads, and representing them at just about every
computer convention and trade show there was. One of the company's
products, GlobeCaster, was the worlds first internet TV
station-in-a-box, so Kiki began appearing on an internet TV broadcast
called "Kiki at Midnight". In 2000, Play Incorported was bought out, and
Kiki disappeared from the Internet and trade show scene, never to be
seen again. I have no idea what happened to her, so I set up this page
to remember her in pictures.
Late News: I have heard that
Kiki now plays in a sci-fi punk rock band, called Warp 11, based in Sacramento, CA.
Later News: Kiki is working for
NewTek again, doing trade shows, etc. She is still with the band, too.
Click on a picture to see it larger. Click Back to get back here. Some
thumbnails are cropped, so be sure to click to see the whole picture.
The most famous picture of Kiki, advertising a video capture product
Kiki was famous for dressing up in outlandish costumes and making
unusual poses to advertise Play Inc.'s products.
Another outlandish costume and pose by Kiki.
A more "normal" look for Kiki.
Kiki at the Play, Inc. booth at a trade show. More than good looks, she
could answer any question about her company's products..
Here Kiki is demonstrating a system called Trinity, which can create
virtual backgrounds in place of the plain grey cloth she is standing in
Kiki and another Play employee are demonstrating Trinity here, too. The
technology in the Trinity program wound up in the new Star Wars movies.
Kiki having fun at a trade show party. (The SIGGRAPH '93 trade show.
The party was at the Movieland Wax Museum, Buena Park, CA.)
The opening slide for Kiki's online TV show.
An early ad featuring Kiki, when she worked for NewTek.
Kiki's high school picture (Lawrence HS,
Lawrence KS, 1983).
I found this photo of a photo of Kiki on a table -- an unusual tribute
These links lead to articles (in chronological order) about Play, Inc.,
that mention Kiki. The last two links include pictures of Kiki.
about Play and Trinity that mentions Kiki. (local
Another article about Play
Inc. and Trinity that mentions Kiki. (local
Inc. at the 1998 NAB show. Play was the hit at this National
Association of Broadcasters show. (local link)
TV at a Television Producer's convention. (local
Trinity System Links
These are pages from companies that used to sell Trinity Systems.
Communications, Inc. Out of business now. (local
Still in business, with other products. (local
If any of the above links dies, I have preserved each page (but not any
links off that page) locally, so you can click on "local link" to see
the page. Sorry, folks, but one picture is already missing from the
Play TV link, and so it is missing on my local link as well.