David V. Picker, who as a top executive at three Hollywood film studios played a significant role in bringing the Beatles, James Bond and more to movie screens, died on Saturday at his home in Manhattan. He was 87.
His wife, Sandra Jetton Picker, said the cause was colon cancer.
Mr. Picker began his career in the marketing department at United Artists and rose to become head of marketing and production at 31, a vice president by the mid-1960s and then, in 1969, president.
Among his achievements in those capacities was helping to secure the rights to turn Ian Fleming’s James Bond spy novels into movies. The franchise began in 1962 and became exceedingly lucrative — although, Mr. Picker recalled in a 1998 interview with Variety, no one quite envisioned that at the beginning.
“When the first James Bond movie, ‘Dr. No,’ was made for a million and a half dollars, it was not as if we said, ‘Oh, boy, what a great franchise,’” he said. “We just saw an idea that we responded to, and we made a not very expensive movie that began a phenomenon.”
The Beatles had still not broken big in the United States when George Ornstein, who was in charge of United Artists’ European division, told Mr. Picker that the group was interested in a deal for a movie and soundtrack album. Mr. Picker gave the go-ahead and suggested that Richard Lester direct the movie; the result, in 1964, was the runaway hit “A Hard Day’s Night.” The follow-up, the equally successful “Help!,” was released the next year.
Mr. Picker also championed “Tom Jones,” Tony Richardson’s comic adventure based on Henry Fielding’s 18th-century novel, which United Artists released in 1963. It won four Oscars, including best picture. Another best-picture winner made under his watch was “Midnight Cowboy” (1969).
But Mr. Picker’s touch wasn’t always golden. He also pushed forward “The Greatest Story Ever Told,” the star-studded 1965 biblical epic. In a 2013 interview for the video series “DP/30: The Oral History of Hollywood,” he recalled the first public screening of the movie at the Warner Theater in Times Square, and a particularly infamous cameo by John Wayne as a centurion.
Wayne said his one line — “Truly this man was the son of God” — “and the entire audience broke into laughter, and we were in the toilet,” Mr. Picker said. “It was a disaster.”
Mr. Picker was president of Paramount’s motion picture division from 1976 to 1978, and in 1986 he returned to the studio ranks briefly, taking a job as president and chief operating officer of Columbia Pictures. In between his studio jobs he was an independent producer, making, among other films, the Steve Martin movies “The Jerk” (1979), “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid” (1982), “The Man With Two Brains” (1983) and “Leap of Faith” (1992).
Among the many people who worked under Mr. Picker over the years and advanced to prominent positions in the business was Thomas E. Rothman, now chairman of Sony’s motion picture group.
“Particularly in the 1960s and ’70s,” Mr. Rothman said in a telephone interview, “when film became the dominant art form, there is no tour of the highlights of those years that doesn’t directly involve David.”
David Victor Picker was born on May 14, 1931, in Manhattan to Eugene and Sylvia (Moses) Picker. A career in the movies seemed preordained.
“It all began in 1912 when my Russian-born grandfather went bankrupt in the clothing business,” Mr. Picker wrote in “Musts, Maybes, and Nevers: A Book About the Movies,” his 2013 memoir. That grandfather, whom Mr. Picker would be named after, borrowed money and opened a nickelodeon in the Bronx. He built that into a small chain of theaters, then joined forces with a friend, Marcus Loew.
Eugene Picker, his father, would become a top executive of the Loew’s theater chain. Thanks to his father’s job, David Picker grew up immersed in the movie business, though the temporary job he took after receiving a bachelor’s degree at Dartmouth in 1953 was somewhat less than glamorous: He was in charge of rounding up 3-D glasses after showings and taking them to a warehouse in Queens for sterilization.
That, though, was just to mark time while he waited to be drafted into the Army. He finished his service in 1956 but did not follow his father into the theater-chain end of the business.
“Theaters didn’t fascinate me, but production and distribution did,” he wrote. He joined the marketing department at United Artists and soon became assistant to Max Youngstein, one of the partners who had resuscitated the studio in the 1950s. When Mr. Youngstein left in 1961, Mr. Picker was given his job as head of marketing and production.
At United Artists he was known for quick decisions, and for having faith in filmmakers. He backed some of Woody Allen’s early movies, and he didn’t need much convincing to do so. In the DP/30 interview, he recalled being approached by Mr. Allen’s representative.
“‘He’s got an idea for a movie,’” Mr. Picker recalled the agent saying. “I said ‘Great, when do we meet?’ He says, ‘Well, I don’t know.’” Then the agent added a detail: “It’s called ‘Bananas.’”
“I said, ‘It’s approved.’”
Mr. Picker also held top posts at Lorimar Pictures and Hallmark Entertainment.
His marriages to Caryl Schlossman in 1954 and to Nessa Hyams in 1975 ended in divorce. In addition to his wife, whom he married in 1995, he is survived by a sister, Jean Picker Firstenberg; two daughters from his first marriage, Caryn Picker and Pam Picker; and a grandson.
Mr. Picker was fond of saying, “If I had made all the projects I turned down, and turned down the projects I made, I probably would have had the same number of hits and flops.”
Mr. Rothman, for one, isn’t buying.
“What it was typical of is his humbleness,” he said of that quotation, “but don’t you believe it for a second. I would say the opposite is true: He made far more right decisions than wrong ones. And that’s why his filmography reads as it does.”B:
【李】【沐】【一】【听】【四】【地】【联】【合】，【还】【以】【为】【这】【孙】【子】【要】【搞】【电】【视】【剧】【版】《【开】【国】【大】【典】》，【结】【果】【是】【武】【侠】【剧】，【再】【看】【看】【计】【划】【书】，【也】【不】【是】【那】【么】【回】【事】。 【剧】【名】《【雪】【山】【飞】【狐】》，【改】【编】【自】【金】【庸】【小】【说】。 【意】【思】【是】【吉】【台】【出】【场】【地】【和】【后】【勤】，【京】【台】【出】【剧】【本】、【部】【分】【资】【金】【和】【服】【化】【道】，【然】【后】【找】【港】【台】【的】【电】【视】【台】【合】【作】。【如】【果】【人】【家】【不】【愿】【意】，【那】【就】【单】【请】【一】【些】【技】【术】【人】【员】【和】【演】【员】【合】【作】。 【李】
【幔】【帐】【之】【外】【已】【许】【久】【没】【有】【声】【音】【传】【来】【了】。 【叶】【绿】【芜】【靠】【在】【他】【身】【前】【说】【了】【许】【多】，【听】【着】【他】【的】【心】【跳】【声】【从】【虚】【缓】【不】【定】，【逐】【渐】【变】【得】【沉】【稳】【有】【力】，【体】【内】【沉】【寂】【许】【久】【的】【魂】【力】【也】【开】【始】【徐】【徐】【流】【转】。 【良】【久】，【她】【缓】【缓】【直】【起】【身】【来】，【听】【到】【自】【己】【的】【脖】【颈】【发】【出】【皱】【涩】【的】“【咯】【咯】”【声】。 【紧】【握】【了】【许】【久】【的】【左】【手】【再】【次】【张】【开】，【一】【小】【滩】【齑】【粉】【从】【她】【苍】【白】【的】【指】【缝】【中】【滑】【下】。 “【我】【要】【去】
“【轰】！【轰】！【轰】！”【铁】【骑】【踏】【动】。【又】【是】【数】【万】【人】【冲】【向】【战】【场】。 “【吼】！”【司】【徒】【长】【风】【虽】【然】【一】【直】【在】【冲】【杀】，【但】【是】【并】【未】【放】【松】【警】【惕】，【一】【直】【关】【注】【着】【吐】【蕃】【人】【的】【动】【向】，【一】【见】【吐】【蕃】【人】【有】【异】【动】，【也】【不】【贪】【功】。【立】【即】【发】【出】【一】【声】【虎】【啸】，【这】【是】【撤】【退】【的】【命】【令】。 【随】【着】【令】【下】，【八】【队】【骑】【兵】【纷】【纷】【向】【本】【阵】【冲】【去】。 “【缠】【住】【他】【们】！” “【缠】【住】【他】【们】！” 【雄】【鹰】【军】【中】【不】小鱼儿玄机香港挂牌【言】【邶】【风】【结】【婚】【了】，【虞】【甘】【棠】【也】【嫁】【给】【了】【自】【己】【爱】【的】【人】。 【虞】【甘】【棠】【最】【终】【还】【是】【放】【弃】【了】【自】【己】，【陆】【本】【一】【坐】【在】【酒】【吧】【的】【卡】【台】【上】，【听】【着】【耳】【边】【最】【劲】【爆】【的】【音】【乐】，【看】【着】【身】【边】【女】【人】【形】【形】**【的】【摇】【摆】【着】。 【陆】【本】【一】【突】【然】【特】【别】【的】【悲】【伤】，【如】【果】【周】【语】【茜】【还】【在】【这】【里】【的】【话】，【她】【应】【该】【会】【拦】【着】【自】【己】【不】【让】【喝】【酒】【的】【吧】。 【自】【己】【在】【什】【么】【时】【候】【爱】【上】【她】【的】【呢】？【好】【像】【没】【有】【一】【个】【准】【确】【的】
【合】【盛】【科】【技】【的】【老】【总】【目】【光】【微】【闪】，【还】【算】【平】【静】，【视】【线】【隐】【晦】【地】【投】【向】【沈】【春】【和】，【带】【着】【外】【人】【难】【以】【察】【觉】【的】【询】【问】【之】【意】。 【沈】【春】【和】【心】【思】【飞】【转】。 【他】【与】【合】【盛】【科】【技】【的】【老】【总】【事】【先】【有】【约】【定】，【如】【果】【竞】【价】【不】【超】【八】【亿】，【只】【要】【他】【家】【叫】【到】【最】【高】，【那】【么】【沈】【春】【和】【就】【认】【了】。 【可】【一】【旦】【竞】【价】【超】【过】【八】【亿】，【非】【合】【盛】【科】【技】【承】【受】【范】【围】，【他】【家】【则】【继】【续】【叫】【价】，【但】【目】【的】【已】【经】【不】【是】【为】【了】【拿】【地】
【万】【妖】【宗】【在】【妖】【界】【是】【五】【大】【实】【力】【之】【一】，【这】【次】【下】【界】【妖】【族】【之】【王】【帝】【俊】【传】【达】【的】【信】【息】【则】【是】【被】【万】【妖】【宗】【所】【收】【到】，【作】【为】【妖】【界】【五】【大】【势】【力】【之】【一】【的】【万】【妖】【宗】【宗】【主】【玄】【冥】【自】【然】【要】【插】【一】【脚】【下】【界】【的】【事】【情】，【而】【且】【这】【还】【是】【关】【乎】【妖】【族】【能】【否】【壮】【大】【的】【事】【情】，【玄】【冥】【对】【此】【也】【是】【很】【上】【心】。 【于】【是】【万】【妖】【宗】【开】【了】【一】【个】【长】【老】【大】【会】，【最】【终】【确】【定】【谁】【下】【界】【去】【帮】【助】【下】【界】【妖】【族】【度】【过】【难】【关】。 【下】【界】【这】【个】
“【为】【什】【么】……” 【韩】【非】【的】【声】【音】【艰】【涩】：“【这】【都】【是】【为】【什】【么】【啊】？” “【她】【是】【刺】【客】【啊】……” 【魏】【尊】【的】【脸】【上】【没】【有】【太】【多】【的】【悲】【喜】，【静】【静】【得】【开】【口】。 【不】【是】【他】【早】【先】【就】【知】【道】，【而】【是】【看】【到】【眼】【前】【这】【一】【幕】，【他】【又】【如】【何】【能】【够】【不】【明】【白】？ 【刺】【客】【的】【装】【束】，【刺】【客】【的】【短】【剑】，【上】【面】【涂】【有】【剧】【毒】！【却】【不】【知】【道】，【为】【什】【么】【此】【时】【此】【刻】，【这】【把】【短】【剑】，【刺】【在】【了】【秋】【娘】【的】【小】【腹】