David Geffen

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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


1961

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


1970

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


1971

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


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


1973

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


1974

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


1975

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


1977

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


1979

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


1980

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


1990

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


1993

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-"


1994

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


1995

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


1996

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


1997

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


1999

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


2001

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


2007

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.


2009

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


2010

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


2012

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


2017

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