Business Speaker David Geffen and Elliot Roberts founded Asylum Records in 1970, which signed artists including Jackson Browne, The Eagels, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Linda Ronstadt and J.D. Souther. Later, Asylum was acquired by Atlantic’s parent company, Warner Communications and merged with Elektra Records to become Elektra/Asylum Records. After he retired from Vice Chairman of Warner Brothers, he became a teacher at Yale University. He later returned to the entertainment industry.
In 1980 he founded Geffen Records and recruited Warner Bros. Records exec Ed Rosenblatt as president. His first artist to sign was Donna Summer. The label was distributed by Warner Bros. Records since its birth, but in 1990, it was sold to MCA and today is part of Interscope-Geffen-A&M division of MCA’s successor, Universal Music Group.
Through Geffen Film Company, David Geffen produced comedies like Little Shop of Horrors, Risky Business and Beetlejuice. In 1994, he co-founded the DreamWorks SKG studio with Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenger.
David Geffen is a proud supporter of the AIDS organizations and has pledged to give whatever money he makes, to give to charity. David is available for speaking engagements, hosting, and corporate appearances.
TO WORK WITH DAVID GEFFEN: Business Titan David Geffen can be hired for endorsements and events in roles such as public speaker, autograph signings, SMTS, and public relation campaigns.