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Original Air Date:
5 October 2012 (Season 26, Episode 7)
David Geffen's far-reaching influence - as agent, manager, record industry mogul, Hollywood and Broadway producer... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Incredibly complete account of David Geffen's work and psyche. See more (1 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

David Geffen ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Irving Azoff ... Himself

Jackson Browne ... Himself

Cher ... Herself

Clive Davis ... Himself

Maureen Dowd ... Herself
Rahm Emanuel ... Himself

Nora Ephron ... Herself

Tom Hanks ... Himself
Don Henley ... Himself

Arianna Huffington ... Herself

Jimmy Iovine ... Himself

Elton John ... Himself

Mike Nichols ... Himself

Yoko Ono ... Herself

Frank Rich ... Himself

Steven Spielberg ... Himself

Neil Young ... Himself

Episode Crew
Directed by
Susan Lacy 
Writing credits
Susan Lacy (written by)

Produced by
Prudence Glass .... series producer
Susan Lacy .... executive producer
Susan Lacy .... producer
Jessica Levin .... producer (as Jessica Cohen)
Emma Pildes .... associate producer
Julie Sacks .... series producer
Junko Tsunashima .... coordinating producer
Cinematography by
Joan Churchill 
Ed Marritz 
Film Editing by
Benjamin Gray 
Deborah Peretz 
Production Management
Arturo Sheimberg .... production manager
Art Department
Ken Knudtsen .... illustrator
Sound Department
Alan Barker .... sound
Chuck Barnhart .... sound
Ed Campbell .... sound re-recording mixer (as Ed Campbell)
Roger Phenix .... sound
Deborah Wallach .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Chin .... additional photography
Jeff Clark .... gaffer
Dave Dodds .... gaffer
Robert Elfstrom .... additional photography
Ted Hayash .... gaffer
Brian Hwang .... additional photography
Nicola Marsh .... additional photography
Richard Pearce .... additional photography
Michael Pruitt-Bruun .... gaffer
Nathan Rissman .... additional photography
Erich Roland .... additional photography
Joel Shapiro .... additional photography
Andrew Young .... additional photography
Animation Department
Chris Chuang .... animator (as Christopher Chuang)
Natella Kataev .... animator
Cecilia Nguyen .... character designer
Andy O'Donnell .... character designer
Brian Oakes .... motion graphics
Sharon Shattuck .... stills animation
Gina Tolentino .... stills animation
Editorial Department
Martin Benn .... on-line editor
Shana Bourne .... assistant editor
James Codoyannis .... additional assistant editor
Alan Jeffries .... additional assistant editor
Brad Kimbrough .... assistant editor
Paul Penczner .... additional assistant editor
Other crew
Hillary Hubley .... production intern
Dana Kirchoff .... additional archival clearances
Eva Lipman .... production associate
David Tucker .... production associate

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Susan Lacy  creator: American Masters

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115 min
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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Incredibly complete account of David Geffen's work and psyche., 3 June 2013
Author: casparsongs

Most of us know the name of David Geffen, but most probably because of the name Geffen appears prominently on big selling CDs like Aerosmith's, or Guns 'n Roses'. This documentary shows the whole picture. How a poor, Jewish boy from New York, works his way up in the entertainment business. He uses a little cheating, a bit of bluff, but thanks to his incredible work ethos, and relentless support for his artists, ends up on top of the pyramid.

What struck me most was the completeness the documentary shows of Geffen's career and personal life. The makers surely managed to grasp the essence, without getting lost in too many material available. They pay tribute to very prominent personality in entertainment. But not just looking at his work and accomplishments, but also where his drive comes from, what negative experiences he has had that made him the way he is. All in all, I'd like to call this a solid account of a survivor, a macher in the entertainment industry, that would have existed without him, but that wouldn't have been the same.

A more extensive review, on this documentary and others, you'll find on the CasparSongs blog.

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