David V. Picker is a third generation motion picture executive and producer. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College in 1953, he joined United Artists Corporation, in managing a series of businesses that, in addition to film, also included United Artist Records. He was named President and Chief Operating Officer of United Artists Corporation in 1969 and Chief Executive Officer in 1970.
He was responsible for bringing to the company such films as Tom Jones, the James Bond series, Woody Allen's early films, the Beatles' A Hard Day's Night and Help!, Midnight Cowboy, Last Tango in Paris, and many other films. Among the many European film-makers he brought to the United Artists were Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, Francois Truffaut, Louis Malle and Sergio Leone.
As an exclusive independent producer fort United Artists he delivered three films: Lenny, starring Dustin Hoffman, directed by Bob Fosse (nominated for six Academy Awards), Smile, directed by Michael Ritchie, and Juggernaut, directed by Richard Lester.
As an executive at such companies as Paramount, Lorimar and Columbia, Picker acquired and/ or supervised the development and production of such classic films as Saturday Night Fever, Grease, Heaven Can Wait, Ordinary People, Being There, An Officer and a Gentleman, Hope and Glory, and The Last Emperor.
He additionally discovered and joined forces with Steve Martin and produced The Jerk, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid and The Man With Two Brains, all directed by Carl Reiner.
Mr. Picker is a member of the Writers Guild of America East, the Producers Guild of America and is Chairman Emeritus of the Producers Guild of America East.