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David Picker, Head of Columbia, Paramount and United Artists Studios Dies at 87

Updated On 22 Apr, 2019 Published On

David Victor Picker, 87, who served as the head of Paramount, United Artists, and Columbia for more than a half-century in the film business, died Saturday night after suffering from colon cancer at his residence in New York, United States.

David's longtime friend and former UA colleague Kathie Berlin broke the news to The Hollywood Reporter

Picker was born in New York on May 14, 1931.

He attended the Dartmouth College from where he later graduated with a bachelor' degree in Arts.

David Picker is remembered as an independent producer and mostly for heading major film studios like Paramount, Colombia and United Artists.

He was a member of the Writers Guild of America East, a member of the Producers Guild of America.

During his career, he also served as a Chairman Emeritus of the Producers Guild of America East.

David's entire career in the film industry is depicted in the film, Musts, Maybes, and Nevers and was released in 2013.

David Victor Picker is survived by his wife, Sandra Lyn Jetton Picker, and sister, Jean Picker Firstenberg,  former CEO and president of the American Film Institute.

Prior to his second marriage, Picker was married to and divorced from Caryl Schlossman, with whom he shared two children, Caryn Picker and Pamela Lee Picker; and Nessa Hyams.