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American Masters features David Geffen on PBS

November 20th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Record executive, producer and philanthropist David Geffen
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I always think that failure is a great motivator By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (Hollywood Today) 11/20/12 – American Masters on PBS presents a special event by Susan Lacy Tuesday night “Inventing David Geffen”, a first-time biography of media giant, David Geffen. Media and camera shy, Geffen narrates his story beginning from his childhood in Brooklyn, NY to becoming the billionaire entertainment power broker. Geffen has had an amazing and successful career by mastering the art of the deal. He was an agent, music mogul, movie mogul, Broadway producer. Co-creator of Dream Works Steven Spielberg tells the story of how they put together $2 million to “over-fund” the project, as other studios seemed to fail due to underfunding. Could Geffen imagine this deal happening today? “Impossible. It’s not possible,” says Geffen replied to Hollywood Today and other journalists onstage at the American Masters Inventing David Geffen  panel during day two of the PBS portion of the 2012 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 22, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. At 21 Geffen became a record mogul, working with some of the greats in the music industry. The photographs and images during this time are amazing and entertaining. This complicated man dated Cher and heard a different kind of singers/songwriters than others at the time. He found Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne, the Eagles and he brokered the deal between the different labels so we could have Crosby, Stills & Nash. There is a lot of history. When asked what he felt his biggest success was I had successes with music, movies, and Broadway shows. I couldn’t tell you what I think is the most successful of all of them.” As for failure he mused, “I always think that failure is a great motivator for future successes, but there is no success without failure.” After reviewing his life on film Geffen concluded, “You watch yourself get old and bald, it’s a sobering experience.”  

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ogi // Nov 21, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Great story
    I truly enjoyed it
    It is fascinating to see how many times he failed, dusted himself off and eventually succeeded both as a business man and philanthropist.
    Thank you PBS for preserving the history

  • 2 Theresa Cavaliere // Nov 22, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Yes I knew him when he was managing Laura Nyro, He really did a great job in his life. Heres wishing him all the best and for a wonderful life for himself as well as his family. Theresa Cavaliere

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