David Geffen

Knowledge Identifier: +David_Geffen


David Geffen

American business magnate, producer, film studio executive and philanthropist add

Category: Business

Born in 1943.

Countries: United States (79%), (14%), Turkey (4%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Double Fantasy

Linked to: University of Texas at Austin, Brooklyn College, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, List of college dropout billionaires




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David Geffen was born in 1943 add something


After a brief appearance as an extra in the 1961 film "The Explosive Generation", Geffen began his entertainment career in the mailroom at the William Morris Agency , where he quickly became a talent agent add something


Geffen founded Asylum Records in 1970 after Geffen was unable to get Jackson Browne a record deal anywhere else add something


Geffen is noted for creating Asylum Records in 1970, Geffen Records in 1980, and DGC Records in 1990 add something


Joni Mitchell and Geffen were close friends and, in the early 1970s, made a trip to Paris with Robbie Robertson and Robbie's wife Dominique add something


Jackson Browne - In 1971, Browne signed with his manager David Geffen's Asylum Records and released "Jackson Browne" , which included the piano-driven "Doctor My Eyes", which entered the Top Ten in the US singles chart


Randy Meisner - In September 1971, Meisner, along with Henley, Frey and Leadon, formed the Eagles, signing with David Geffen's new label, Asylum Records, and they released their eponymous debut album in 1972


Asylum was later acquired by Atlantic's parent company, Warner Communications and merged with Elektra Records in 1972 to become Elektra/Asylum Records add something


Warner Music Group - In 1972, the Warner group acquired another rich prize, David Geffen's Asylum Records


Bob Dylan - Dylan began 1973 by signing with a new record label, David Geffen's Asylum Records, when his contract with Columbia Records expired


Gene Clark - On the basis of the quality of Clark's "Byrds" contributions, David Geffen signed him to Asylum Records in early 1974


Geffen remained in charge until December 1975, when he went to work as vice chairman of Warner Brothers film studios add something


He retired and in 1977 was informed that he had cancer add something


Casablanca countered by releasing more singles off her 1979 Bad Girls album such as the song Walk Away and a similarly named hits compilation to compete, but the New Wave sound was now dominating the airwaves add something


In 1980 a new medical diagnosis revealed the error in the original diagnosis and Geffen was given a clean bill of health, whereupon he decided to return to working in the entertainment industry add something


In December 1980, Lennon was shot dead and "Double Fantasy" became a massive seller add something


The December 1980 release of John Lennon's album "Double Fantasy" seems an impressive feat for a new label, but at the time Lennon stated that Geffen was the only one with enough confidence in him to agree to a deal without hearing the record first add something


Irving Azoff - Frederic Dannen's book, "Hitmen", includes a chapter titled "The Troika" about Azoff, David Geffen and Walter Yetnikoff, three rival record executives in the 1980s


Donna Summer - Sensing that they could no longer come to terms, Summer and the label parted ways in 1980 and she signed with Geffen Records, the new label started by David Geffen


Double Fantasy - The recording industry was shocked when the couple signed with the newly formed Geffen Records on 22 September 1980 because David Geffen shrewdly insisted on speaking with Ono first, and regarded her contributions as equal to Lennon's


Records since its inception but, in 1990, the label was sold to MCA Records add something


Sharon Tate - Patti Tate confronted David Geffen and board members of Geffen Records in 1993 over plans to include a song written by Charles Manson on the Guns N' Roses album "The Spaghetti Incident-"


Geffen was one of the three founders of DreamWorks SKG in 1994 add something


In 1994, Geffen co-founded the DreamWorks SKG studio with Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg add something


Jeffrey Katzenberg - Later in 1994, Katzenberg co-founded DreamWorks SKG with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen, with Katzenberg taking primary responsibility for animation operations


Steven Spielberg - Works, with partners Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen.


DreamWorks Animation - On October 12, 1994, DreamWorks SKG was formed and founded by a trio of entertainment players, director and producer Steven Spielberg, music executive David Geffen, and former Disney executive Jeffrey Katzenberg


Geffen continued to run the label before leaving Geffen Records in 1995 add something


Mo Ostin - He returned to music in 1996 to lead DreamWorks Records for David Geffen


Paul Allen - In 1997, David Geffen introduced Barry Diller to Allen, who was increasingly frustrated at Fred Rosen, Ticketmaster's CEO, and was looking for a change at the helm


The Geffen label is today is part of the Interscope-Geffen-A&M division of MCA's successor, Universal Music Group, formed as the result of the 1999 merger between the MCA and PolyGram families of labels add something


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 President add something


In 2007, Geffen bought a half-share in friend Larry Ellison's luxury yacht "Rising Sun", at the sixth largest motor yacht in the world add something


On February 21, 2007, in an interview with Maureen Dowd of the "New York Times", Geffen described Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bill Clinton in unflattering terms: "Everybody in politics lies, but they do it with such ease, it's troubling add something


In May 2007, "Out" magazine ranked Geffen first in its list of the fifty "Most Powerful Gay Men and Women in America add something


Leonard Peltier - In 2007, billionaire David Geffen, a Peltier supporter, shifted his financial support from Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign to that of Barack Obama


Steven Spielberg - On February 20, 2007, Spielberg, Katzenberg, and David Geffen invited Democrats to a fundraiser for Barack Obama.


In 2009, Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich agreed to a divorce settlement with his wife Irina that resulted in her taking ownership of the yacht "Pelorus" add something


After Ellison ordered a new and more compact yacht, he sold his half share in "Rising Sun" to Geffen in 2010 add something


Geffen was named one of the 2010 recipients of Ahmet Ertegun award from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame add something


The documentary was directed by Susan Lacy and was first broadcast on 20 November 2012 add something


Until 2017 Geffen owned a Malibu compound on Carbon Beach add something


Warner Music Group - In October 2017, Warner Music Group relaunched its Asylum records label in the U.S founded by David Geffen