David V. Picker

American film executive

David Victor Picker (May 14, 1931 – April 20, 2019) was an American movie executive and producer. He worked in the movie industry for over 40 years. He served as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the production companies/movie studios United Artists, Paramount, Lorimar and Columbia Pictures. He produced many movies, including The Jerk (1979). He was also a member of the Producers Guild of America. His memoir, Musts, Maybes and Nevers, was published in 2013.

Picker was born in New York City. He was from a Jewish family. His sister, Jean Picker Firstenberg, served as CEO and director of the American Film Institute. He was married to photographer Sandra Jetton.

Picked died of colon cancer in New York City on April 20, 2019. He was 87.[1]


  1. Feinberg, Scott (April 21, 2019). "David Picker, Studio Chief Who Brought Bond, The Beatles and Steve Martin to the Movies, Dies at 87". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 23, 2019.

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