David Geffen

American record executive, film producer, theatrical producer, and philanthropist David Geffen

David Geffen is an American record executive, film producer, theatrical producer, and philanthropist. Geffen is noted for creating Asylum Records in 1970, Geffen Records in 1980, and DGC Records in 1990. Geffen was also one of the three founders of DreamWorks SKG in 1994.
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Major Revamp of David Geffen Hall Shelved
Wall Street Journal - 5 months
An ambitious $500 million plan to renovate David Geffen Hall, the Lincoln Center home of the New York Philharmonic, has been shelved.
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Record-setting deals in Manhattan Beach and Malibu headline L.A.'s top sales in May
LATimes - 8 months
In the month of May, the most expensive homes sold in Los Angeles County included record-setting deals on the Westside and South Bay. Here’s a larger look: $85 million — Malibu Music and movie mogul David Geffen sold his oceanfront compound on Pacific Coast Highway for an area-record $85 million....
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Addiction Advocacy Needs A Bill Gates, David Geffen, Warren Buffett, Or Tom Steyer
The Huffington Post - 9 months
Addiction and drug overdoses claim one life every four minutes in America. In the time it takes to order a latte, someone dies—from an illness that is highly treatable. The addiction crisis is the result of social prejudice; criminal justice policies that incarcerate people with addiction instead of giving them treatment; health care policies that make it difficult or impossible to get medical help for substance use disorders; ignorance; and “abstinence-only” drug policies that are ineffective and backwards. The fact is, people who struggle with substance use disorder are treated like second-class citizens. Admitting there’s a problem can mean losing your job, home, and custody of your children. That makes addiction a civil rights issue. And, thanks to the work of advocates across the nation, it’s finally being recognized as a moral issue, as well. More...
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Barack And Michelle Obama Are Back From Vacation, And They're Looking Slick
Huffington Post - 10 months
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Oprah Only Gave One Tiny Detail About Vacationing With The Obamas
Huffington Post - 10 months
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Barack Obama Took A Vacation Photo Of Michelle And The Internet Loves It
Huffington Post - 10 months
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No Shortcuts For Yuja Wang, The World's Greatest Living Pianist
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Yuja Wang was still an undergraduate at Curtis when she got the call: piano soloist Murray Perahia was under the weather. Could she jump on a plane to southern California and perform the next day with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields? She could, and she did. The pianist, barely 22, played with authority and sensitivity, wowing the musically literate in the Orange County audience (yes, there are some even in Costa Mesa). She also astonished the ensemble's legendary conductor, Sir Neville Marriner. The audience was treated to the unique tableau of this towering figure on the music scene, 82 and approaching retirement, gazing with fascination at a young woman in the first throes of her career playing breathtaking, breakneck encores. Wang captivated another top conductor, Michael Tilson Thomas, at another impromptu performance, this time at Carnegie Hall, filling in for yet another ailing soloist. Her playing moved Thomas, a mentor figure in Wang's career, litera...
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Oil up 2 percent on stock market, but U.S. supply caps gains
Yahoo News - about 1 year
By David Gaffen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices jumped 2 percent on Thursday, boosted by the ongoing rally in the U.S. stock market, although gains in crude futures were capped by heavy inventories in spite of efforts by producers to cut output. U.S. light crude futures were up $1.03 to $53.78 a barrel, a gain of 2 percent, while Brent crude settled up $1.16, or 2.1 percent, to $56.24. U.S. crude hit a peak of $54.06, highest in more than three weeks, after Wall Street's open as stocks added to the previous session's rally that had lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average to close above 20,000 for the first time.
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Being incarcerated as a juvenile tied to poor health years later
Yahoo News - about 1 year
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - People incarcerated as juveniles may have worse physical and mental health as adults than youths who did not spend time in detention centers or correctional facilities, according to a new study. "A lot of people think there are potentially harmful effects of being in the justice system, but the long-term effects really haven’t been quantified," said lead author Dr. Elizabeth Barnert, of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. The magnitude of the increased health risks was tied to the time people spent incarcerated, researchers found.
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A Grammy Nomination And Letters To Stephen Sondheim And Vladimir Putin: A Conversation With Judy Collins
Huffington Post - about 1 year
A Conversation with Judy Collins Mike Ragogna: Judy, you must be thrilled about the Grammy nomination for your album with Ari Hest, Silver Skies Blue. Judy Collins: Yes, I'm delighted! Ari and I are beside ourselves! MR: Before we get into your new project, A Love Letter To Sondheim, let's have a quick chat about Silver Skies Blue. Your studio collaborations with Ari Hest began on your album Strangers Again in 2015, right? JC: Yes. I put him on my Irish show for PBS in 2013 and we sang a song of his together. Then we recorded “Strangers Again” in 2015, I got a bunch of other guys to sing duets with me, but “Strangers Again” was really what intrigued me. I wasn't particularly interested in doing another album but then we started it going. We decided to write together and Silver Skies Blue is the result, and that's what we got our Grammy nomination for. MR: Were you surprised by the nomination? JC: Yeah, I was stunned! I thought they had forgotten all about me. MR: [laughs] A l...
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Your Giving Brain: Are Humans 'Hardwired' for Generosity?
Yahoo News - about 1 year
In one study, researchers scanned participants' brains to identify connections between generous behavior and brain activity. In the other, scientists dampened activity in areas of the brain associated with impulse control, to see if that would alter a person's empathetic actions. In addition, the findings suggest a path toward treating people with conditions that lower their ability to understand others: Someday, people whose social cognition is impaired could be helped by treatments that regulate the neural pathways that enhance or restrict their empathetic feelings, said Dr. Marco Iacoboni, a co-author of both studies and a professor of psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles.
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The Eagles' '<em>Hotel California</em>' at 40, '<em>Buffalo Springfield</em>' at 50
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Quick, what is the state anthem of California? If you answer 'California, Here I Come,' you are, like me, wrong. If your answer is 'I Love You, California,' you are an unusually well-informed career state employee. And if, like billions of people around the world, you answer 'Hotel California,' well, you are technically wrong but, oh so right. This month marks the 40th anniversary of the release of 'Hotel California,' both the song and the album it graces which is one of the most telling, and best-selling, albums of all time. The power and mystery of 'Hotel California' has tantalized and inspired, provoked and mystified ever since its exotic and evocative guitar figures and enigmatic lyrics were first heard 40 years ago. "It makes me want to go there and it makes me want to get away," said one tourist standing near a California street corner as a singer with a guitar gave the song a go. "Look at me," she said. "Here I am." December also marks the 50th anniversary of 'Buffa...
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What's Going On When Your Limbs Fall Asleep
Huffington Post - about 1 year
For SELF, by Amy Marturana.  Pins and needles! Pins and needles! Pins and needles! The sensation of a foot, leg, or arm “falling asleep” is a familiar one. We’ve all ended up at some point with a slightly numb limb that needs to be shaken awake—maybe you’re a habitual leg-crosser, or always end up sleeping on top of your arm. While the numbness or tingly feeling that ensues can sometimes be alarming (especially when it takes a while to go away), most of the time, it’s really nothing to worry about. When a body part becomes temporarily numb, it’s usually because you’ve been putting too much pressure on a nerve. Nerves work like an electrical wire, sending signals from the brain out to parts of your body, and back, Glenna Tolbert, M.D., assistant clinical professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and founder and medical director of neurological and orthopedic rehab center Tolbert Rehab, tells SELF. When there’s pressure on a nerve for an extended period of time, ...
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David Geffen to List Fifth Avenue Co-Op for $27.5 Million
Wall Street Journal - over 1 year
The media mogul is listing his New York City apartment in the Parc V cooperative overlooking Central Park.
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So You Have $500 Million? Here’s a Shopping List for the Philharmonic’s Hall.
NYTimes - over 1 year
David Geffen Hall, home of the New York Philharmonic, will be renovated in 2019. Here are some modest ideas for improvements.
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David Geffen Sells East Hampton Compound for $67.3 Million
Wall Street Journal - over 1 year
A chunk of the entertainment mogul’s Georgica Pond estate, including his house and swimming pool, will be going back on the market for $55 million.
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Lincoln Center Report: We Entertain, Educate, Accept Tax Dollars
NYTimes - over 1 year
Lincoln Center released a report on how it serves residents and visitors as it prepares to seek city money for renovating David Geffen Hall.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of David Geffen
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 72
    In February 2016, Bloomberg News reported that Geffen had sold De Kooning's 1955 oil painting, “Interchanged," for $300 million, and Pollock’s 1948 painting, “Number 17A," for $200 million, both to hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin.
  • 2015
    Age 71
    In 2015, Geffen pledged $100 million toward renovation of what is currently Avery Fisher Hall, part of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York.
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  • 2013
    Age 69
    Wealth-X reported in June 2013 that Geffen owns the most valuable private art collection in the world, and estimated its worth at $1.1B at the time.
  • 2012
    Age 68
    On December 13, 2012, UCLA announced that Geffen had donated another $100 million in addition to his 2002 donation of $200 million, making him the largest individual benefactor for the UC system.
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  • 2011
    Age 67
    Approached on Geffen's behalf by broker Merle Wood, Geffen bought Pelorus in 2011 for $300 million.
    Geffen was awarded with the President's Merit Award for "indelible contributions to the music industry" from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences at the 53rd Grammy Awards in February 2011.
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  • 2009
    Age 65
    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.
  • 2007
    Age 63
    In 2007, Geffen bought a half-share in friend Larry Ellison's luxury yacht Rising Sun, then at the sixth largest motor yacht in the world.
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  • 2006
    Age 62
    On November 3, 2006, the New York Times reported that Geffen had sold Pollock's 1948 painting No. 5, 1948 from his collection for $140 million (£73.35 million) to Mexican financier David Martinez.
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    In October 2006, Geffen sold two paintings by Jasper Johns and a De Kooning from his collection for a combined sum of $143.5 million.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2001
    Age 57
    He was an early financial supporter of President Bill Clinton. In 2001 he had a falling out with the former president over Clinton's decision not to pardon Leonard Peltier, on whose behalf he had lobbied the President.
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  • 1995
    Age 51
    Geffen has developed a reputation as a prominent philanthropist for his publicized support of medical research, AIDS organizations, the arts and theatre. In 1995 he donated $5 million towards UCLA's Westwood Playhouse.
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  • 1994
    Age 50
    In 1994, Geffen co-founded the DreamWorks SKG studio with Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1980
    Age 36
    The November 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.
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    In 1980, he founded Geffen Records and recruited Warner Bros.
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    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.
  • 1977
    Age 33
    He then retired and in 1977 was informed (erroneously) that he had cancer.
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  • 1975
    Age 31
    Geffen remained in charge until December 1975, when he went to work as vice chairman of Warner Bros. film studios.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1970
    Age 26
    Geffen founded Asylum Records in 1970 (with Elliot Roberts) after Geffen was unable to get Jackson Browne a record deal anywhere else.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1961
    Age 17
    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 (WMA), where he quickly became a talent agent.
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  • 1960
    Age 16
    Geffen graduated from Brooklyn's New Utrecht High School in 1960 with a 66 percent average.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1943
    Born
    Born on February 21, 1943.
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