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IN MEMORIAM - David Picker: Remember A Titan In The Industry and Fierce Supporter of the PGA

Posted By Peter Saraf, Monday, June 10, 2019

To be a film producer is to walk in the very long shadow of David Picker. That’s not just because of David’s tall stature, but because of the towering achievements of his life and career. David was a mentor, friend and inspiration to all who knew him. He was a rare mix of studio head and independent producer and was one of the leaders upon whose shoulders the PGA was built. He personally recruited many of us to not only join the Guild, but to roll up our sleeves and contribute to its future. It was through the PGA that I, and many others, had the honor and pleasure of getting to know this wonderful man. It was a privilege for which I will always be grateful.


In addition to his film work, David wrote a wonderful memoir called Musts, Maybes, and Nevers—a book every producer should read and then read again. He was a visionary in the field and a man of impeccable taste. That taste ranged from James Bond to Steve Martin, from the Beatles to Ingmar Bergman, from Robert Altman to Woody Allen, to name a few.


David famously once observed that if he had said no to everything he said yes to, and yes to everything he had said no to, it probably would have turned out the same. But the world most certainly would not have turned out the same without David Picker.


David Picker died on April 20 at the age of 87. The thoughts and love of the PGA are with his family.


  • Photo: David Picker on the set of  Escape to Victory with John Huston (1981)

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