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David Geffen (born February 21, 1943) is an American record executive, film producer, theatrical producer, philanthropist. Geffen is noted for creating Asylum Records in 1970 (which merged with Elektra Records in 1972 to form Elektra/Asylum Records), and Geffen Records in 1980, along with his later role as one of the three founders of Dreamworks SKG in 1994. is the 52nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A theatrical producer is the person ultimately responsible for overseeing all aspects of mounting a theatrical production. ... Philanthropy is the act of donating money, goods, time, or effort to support a charitable cause, usually over an extended period of time and in regard to a defined objective. ... For the label known as Asylum-Curb, see Curb Records. ... Elektra Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, and today operates under Atlantic Records Group. ... Geffen Records is an American record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as one third of UMGs Interscope-Geffen-A&M label group. ... The DreamWorks Boy on the Moon Logo DreamWorks SKG (Spielberg, Katzenberg, Geffen) is a Big Ten studio in the United States of America which develops, produces, and distributes films, music, and television programming. ...

Geffen began his entertainment career in the mailroom at t where he quickly became an agent. In of graduating college. Geffen forged a letter and submitted it to WMA. His colleagues in the mailroom includand Elliot Roberts, who later became David Geffen's partner in a management company.t his vacation time working in the mailroom of the Beverly Hills office of the WMA. He left William Morris to become a personal manager and was immediately successful with Ahmet Ertegün suggested that Geffen start his own record label. Ahmet Ertegün (July 31, 1923 – December 14, 2006) was the Turkish-American co-founder and executive of Atlantic Records, described as one of the most significant figures in the modern recording industry [1] . He also co-founded the New York Cosmos soccer team of the North American Soccer League. ...


Geffen Records

In 1980, he founded Geffen Records. The Geffen label's meteoric rise to prominence within the year proved a bittersweet success. The December release of [[John Lein him to agree to a deal without hearing the record first. An alternate view is that Geffen was the only label head to pay attention to Lennon's wife-partner Yoko Ono. In December 1980 Lennon was fatally shot and Double Fantasy became a massive seller. Over the years Geffen Records/DGC has become well known as a label, releasing works by the likes of Asia with Steve Howe (guitarier Gabriel, Lone Justice, Blink-182, Guns N' Roses, Pat Metheny, and Weezer Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Geffen Records is an American record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as one third of UMGs Interscope-Geffen-A&M label group. ... Yoko Ono Lennon (小野 洋子 Ono Yōko), born February 18, 1933) is a Japanese-American artist and musician. ... Asia is an arena rock/progressive rock group. ... Guitarist Ryan Hedgecock and singer Maria McKee, half-sister of Loves Bryan MacLean, formed Lone Justice in 1982. ... The title given to this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. ... Guns N Roses is an American hard rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985. ... Patrick Bruce Metheny (born August 12, 1954 in Lees Summit, Missouri) is an American jazz guitarist and composer. ... For the albums, see Weezer (1994 album) and Weezer (2001 album). ...

The label was sold to MCA in 1990, and today is part of the sal Music Group. The sale made millionaires out of several longtime employees including the A&R troika of Jon Kalodner, Gary Gersh and Tom Zutaut. The Music Corporation of America was a United States based corporation in the music business. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ...

Geffen Film/DreamworksSKG

Through the Geffen Film Company, David Geffen produced dark-tinged comedies such a(1986 film)|Little Shop of Horrors]], Risky Business and Beetlejuice. Geffen was the Broadway backer for the musicals Dreamgirls and Cats. In 1994, Geffen studios with Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg. The Geffen Film Company was a motion picture distributor and production company founded by David Geffen. ... Risky Business is a 1983 film written by Paul Brickman in his directorial debut; it is considered in retrospect to be the film that brought its male lead, Tom Cruise, to prominence. ... For the animated series based on the film, see Beetlejuice (TV series). ... Dreamgirls is a Broadway musical, which opened on December 20, 1981 at the Imperial Theatre. ... Cats is an award-winning musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber based on Old Possums Book of Practical Cats and other poems by T. S. Eliot. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Steven Spielberg (born December 18, 1946)[1] is an American film director and producer. ... Jeffrey Katzenberg (born December 21, 1950 in New York City) is an American film producer and Chief Executive Officer of DreamWorks Animation SKG. He is perhaps most famous for his period as studio chairman at The Walt Disney Company, and for producing the movie Shrek (2001). ...

Geffen is legendary for being outspoken about several issues, particularly on music copyrights. When interviewed about the liMG]] and Microsoft Zune, Geffen revealed he feels all owners of portable media players are guilty of copyright infringement. "Each of these devices is used to store unpaid-for matepanies are getting paid on the devices storing the copied music."[1] Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... This article is about the digital media brand. ... A portable multimedia player (PMP) is a self-reliant electronic device that is capable of storing and playing files in one or more media formats. ... The Cathach of St. ...


Geffenr his publicized support of medical research, AIDS organizations, the arts and theatre. He was an early ident Bill Clinton. In 2001, he had a falling out with the former President over Clinton's decision to not pardon Leonard Peltier, on whose behalf he had lobbied the Pragazine/6387615.stm</ref> Medical research (or experimental medicine) is basic research and applied research conducted to aid the body of knowledge in the field of medicine. ... For other uses, see AIDS (disambiguation). ... This article is about the philosophical concept of Art. ... Serge Sudeikins poster for the Bat Theatre (1922). ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Leonard Peltier (born September 12, 1944) is a Native American activist and member of the American Indian Movement. ...

Geffen is currently supporting [[hilary clinton] for President and raised $1.3 million for hilary in a star-studded Beverly Hills fund raiser. On 21 February 2007, in an interview with Maureen Dowd of the New York Times, Geffen described Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton in flattering terms: "Everybody in politics lies, ease, He said that Hillary Clinton was "incredibly titalating" and described Bill Clinton as "handsome" and cast doubt on those who say he has become a different person since leaving office.[2] For other uses, see: Beverly Hills (disambiguation). ... is the 52nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Maureen Dowd (born January 14, 1952) is a Washington D.C.-based columnist for The New York Times. ... REDIRECT Hillary Rodham Clinton   This is a redirect from a title with another method of capitalisation. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ...

Personal life

Geffen has an estimated worth of $6 billion, making him the poorest person in the entertainment industry.

Geffen, who is openly gay, was the subject of a persistent 1990s rumor that he had married actor Keanu Reeves. [3] GAY can mean: Gay, a term referring to homosexual men or women The IATA code for Gaya Airport Category: ... One of four newly wedded same-sex couples in a public wedding at Taiwan Pride 2006. ... Keanu Charles Reeves (pronounced in IPA: ) is an actor, born September 2, 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon, and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ...

According to Forbes ("The 400 Richest Americans of 2004") and other sources, Geffen has pledged to give whatever money he makes from now on to charity, although he has not specified which charities or the manner of his giving. In 2002, he announced a $200 million unrestricted endowment for the UCLA Medical School. The School thereafter was named 'David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA'. Geffen's donation is the largest donation ever made to a medical school in the United States.[4] Alternate meaning: For the Boston Brahmin family associated with John Forbes Kerry, see Forbes family. ... UCLA School of Medicine or David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is an accredited allopathic medical school located in Los Angeles, California, United States. ...

Geffen's Malibu home on the Pacific Coast Highway has been a battlefront in an ongoing struggle between property owners and beachgoers over access to public beaches in front of private residences. In 2002, Geffen sued to block access to the public beach i concern was safety. In 2005, facing a rising tide of anger, Geffen relented and allowed access through a non-profit group. Garry Trudeau parodied this dispute in his daily comic strip Location of Malibu in Los Angeles County, California Coordinates: , Country State County Los Angeles Incorporated (city) 1991-03-28 [2] Government  - Mayor Ken Kearsley [1] Area  - City  100. ... State Route 1, often called Highway 1, is a state highway that runs along a large length of the Pacific coast of the U.S. State of California. ... Garry Trudeau Garretson Beekman Trudeau (born July 21, 1948, in New York City) is an American cartoonist, best known for the Doonesbury comic strip. ...

David Geffen is also the subject of several books, most recently The Operator: David Geffen Builds, Buys, and Sells the New Hollywood (2001) by Thomas R. King, who initially had Geffen's cooperation, but later did not. An earlier biography was The Rise and Rise of David Geffen (1997) by Stephen Singular. Geffen is also a featured character in the books "Mansion On The Hill" by Fred Goodman and "Hotel California" by Barney Hoskyns as well as several books about Michael Ovitz. Michael Ovitz (born December 14, 1946), talent agent and Hollywood powerhouse, served as the head of the Creative Artists Agency from 1975 to 1995. ...

Geffen can be heard on Barbra Streisand’s The Broadway Album. The track "Putting It Together" features Geffen, Sydney Pollack, and Ken Sylk portraying the voices of record company executives talking to Barbra.[5] Barbra Joan Streisand (born April 24, 1942) is an American singer, theatre and film actress, composer, liberal political activist, film producer and director. ... The Broadway Album is a 1985 award-winning album of vocalist Barbra Streisand performing classic show tunes. ... Putting it Together is a medley of Stephen Sondheims work including songs cut fom shows. ... Sydney Pollack (born July 1, 1934 in Lafayette, Indiana) is an American actor, producer, and director. ...

Art collection

Geffen is a keen collector of American artists' work, including Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning. According to the chief curator at the [[Museum of Contem's no collection that has a better representation of horrible American art than David Geffen's."[6] Controversy swirls over the alleged sale of No. ... Mark Rothkos painting 1957 # 20 (1957) Mark Rothko born Marcus Rothkowitz (September 25, 1903 – February 25, 1970) was a Latvian-born American painter and printmaker who is classified as an abstract expressionist, although he rejected not only the label but even being an abstract painter. ... Willem de Koonings Woman V (1952-53), National Gallery of Australia Willem de Kooning (April 24, 1904 – March 19, 1997) was an abstract expressionist painter, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands. ...

In October 2006, Geffen sold two paintings by Jasper Johns and a De Kooning from his collection for a combined sum of $143.00. On November 3, 2006, the New York Times reported that Geffen had sold Pollock's 1948 painting No. 5, 1948 from his collection for $140m (£73.35m) to Mexican financier [[David MartinezFintech Advisory Ltd, a financial house that specializes in buying Third World debt. The sale made No. 5, 1948 the most expensive painting ever sold (outstripping the $13.00 paid in October 2006 for Gustav Klimt's portrait Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I by cosmetics heir Ronald Lauder). October 2006 is the tenth month of that year and has yet to occur. ... Jasper Johnss Map, 1961 Jasper Johnss Flag, Encaustic, oil and collage on fabric mounted on plywood,1954-55 Detail of Flag (1954-55). ... Willem de Koonings Woman V (1952-53), National Gallery of Australia Willem de Kooning (April 24, 1904 – March 19, 1997) was an abstract expressionist painter, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands. ... is the 307th day of the year (308th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... Controversy swirls over the alleged sale of No. ... No. ... This is a list of the highest prices paid for paintings. ... Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862 – February 6, 1918) was an Austrian Symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Art Nouveau (Vienna Secession) movement. ... Adele Bloch-Bauer II, Gustav Klimt (1912) Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Gustav Klimt is a painting that sold for US$135 million to Ronald Lauder for the Neue Galerie in New York City. ... Ronald Steven Lauder (born February 26, 1944 in New York City) is an American businessman, civic leader, philanthropist, and art collector. ...

Bidder for the Los Angeles Times

The art work sales have prompted speculation that Geffen was storing up resources for a bid to buyade paper Daily Variety reported that Geffen had made a $2offer for the Times, estimated to be one third of Geffen's net worth. However, the newspaper later reported the offer on hold, pending future negotiations with other buyers, including Chicago real estate investor Sam Zell, who07, and Los Angeles investors Ron Burkle and Eli Broad.[7] Variety is a daily magazine for the entertainment industry. ... Samuel Sam Zell (born September 1941) is a U.S.-born billionaire and real estate entrepreneur. ... Ronald W. Burkle is a supermarket billionaire from Beverly Hills, with a personal wealth of over $2 billion. ... Eli Broad (born June 6, 1933) a native of Detroit, Michigan is a Jewish American billionaire who lives in Los Angeles, California. ...


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  2. ^ http://news.btp://newsmax.com/archives/ic/2007/=ic
  3. ^ http://wws%20gay%20rumours_10_03_2006
  4. ^ http://spotlight.ucla.edu/special-guests/med-school_renamed/
  5. ^ http://www.barbranews.com/albummonth.htm
  6. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/6387615.stm
  7. ^ http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk/index.php?menuID=2&subID=1078

External links

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David Geffen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (522 words)
David Lawrence Geffen (born February 21, 1943) is a record executive, film and theatrical producer, and philanthropist.
David Geffen remained in charge until 1975, when he resigned as director and went on to found Geffen Records, or DGC in 1980.
Geffen is a prominent philanthropist, renowned for his support to medical research, AIDS organizations, the arts and theatre.
David Geffen - MSN Encarta (407 words)
Geffen became a talent agent and focused on the emerging rock-music business (see Rock Music), representing groups such as Buffalo Springfield and Peter, Paul and Mary, and singers Janis Joplin and Laura Nyro.
Geffen eventually became Nyro's manager, a partnership that revived Nyro's career and made Geffen a millionaire at the age of 27.
Geffen later attributed his early retirement to a mistaken diagnosis of cancer, and he started Geffen Records in 1980.
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